Pops of Color

The world of home decor can walk a line of “it’s a beige, beige world” and “oh my this room looks like a fruit bowl”. Yes, the easy way to add color might be to paint a wall and call it a day, but we have a few more ideas on how to add an unexpected pop of pizazz to your space. Before you start adding color willy nilly, the key is establishing a color palette. But how do you create an effortless and versatile color scheme? First you need to find your base color.

Lina Ostling

You might lean towards browns, grays or blacks, but I personally tend to lean towards the blues. I’m drawn to them in not only home decor but in fashion as well. Navy, indigo, cobalt, baby, sky…I use ’em all. And this is the key ingredient to adding color. Don’t just pick one shade, instead, use the entire spectrum. For this example, let’s use blue as our foundation color.

Now take a look at the color wheel. A well-balanced color palette will use both warm and cool tones. Blue happens to be on the cool side of the color wheel. The opposite side has colors that best complement the foundation color. In this case, blue is best complemented by yellows and oranges. These will be the warm tones in our color palette. Another piece of the puzzle. This is not a 50/50 split of color. This will account for maybe 30% of the color in your room…it’s secondary.


Will Kemp Art School

Last, pick an accent color. Here you can get a little crazy…pink, coral, yellow. Anything goes. Use the full spectrum, but add pops here and there to keep your eye moving around the space. The accent color should account for 10% of the color in your room. This balance is what minimizes the fruit bowl effect.

Now that you know the rules, let’s look at some amazing examples of colors that pop in home decor.

House of Hipsters

The neutral tones play well with the navy blue and pinks, but the orange wishbone chair adds a zing of color in this bedroom. Your eye is drawn to the chair as its center point, but still moves around the entire space.

Timeless and trend worthy, this navy rug with its bold pattern would be a fabulous alternative in this space.


Shop the rug: Artistic Weavers Pollack rug in Navy and White

A Cup of Jo

The neutral tones in this space subdue the vibrant emerald green sofa. There’s green decorative accents throughout the room that keep the eye moving, but you’re also drawn to the rug and bookshelf where you see pops of red and pink.

I love this rug as an alternative with its pops of salmon and poppy colors. Did you notice red is on the opposite side of the color wheel to green?


Shop the rug: Surya Zahra rug in Light Gray, Poppy and Salmon


I love the bohemian look that is trending right now. The panel of indigo pops beautifully off the cream bedspread while the one hot pink accent pillow steals the show. Look carefully though, and you’ll spy more pops of blush and violet dancing around this space. Do you see them?

A great addition for this space would be this gorgeous blue and ivory rug.


Shop the rug: Loloi Anastasia rug in Blue and Ivory

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House of Hipsters!

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