How to Pull Off a Bold Color Scheme

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Applying bold color to a space is no haphazard process. Here's the thing: When the eye notices a bold color, it immediately begins searching for it elsewhere in a room. Therefore, a space's sense of balance requires that these attention-grabbing colors be carried throughout.

This may sound harder than it is. Mastering the art just entails practice and allowing yourself the liberty to play. It's also helpful to familiarize yourself with spaces that have it right. Once you strike the balance in your own home, your color harmony will speak for itself.

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It’s not uncommon these days to see ceilings that really have punch. Help the ceiling’s unexpected aesthetic feel part of the space by applying the color to the room’s furnishings.

Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd is one of the color greats. She has been referred to as the “Color Queen,” and it’s rare that her spaces are void of intoxicating color done exactly right. My eye is immediately drawn to the magenta chairs and green drapery, then satisfied when I spot both colors in throw pillows and further green on the rug. She weaves bursts of orange throughout the room, and to top it off, the entire room’s color scheme comes together in a vivid piece of art.

Betsy Burnham is yet another acclaimed designer who understands the balance of color. Bold shades, such as the red seen on the chair, lampshades and flowers, are found in both foreground and background to maintain equilibrium.

If you have furnishings in bold shades, use those same colors in smaller doses elsewhere in the room. Here, lime green ottomans and a blue accent chair feel coordinated within the scheme due to a variety of accessories in the same shades.

Feel free to get creative with how you choose to incorporate color throughout a room, using items in your bookshelves to balance color across a space and vertically as well.

An out-of-the-way spot, such as the bottom shelf of your living room’s side table, may seem like an unnecessary area to decorate, but your space will feel that much more cohesive if you give it a dose of the right color.

Open layouts are great for creating a series of separate areas conducive for entertaining. Help the entire space feel cohesive by carrying similar colors into each area, such as this magenta on both the dining room chairs and the upholstery in the living room.

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