Black-and-white is beautiful (and timeless), but there are people in this world who gravitate toward color and crave it in their home. When incorporated artfully into a room, bold shades can bring life and energy to your space and to you—literally, some research has found.
You don’t even have to be a devout color lover to make it work: You can use washed-out tones or the occasional well-chosen accessory to bring personality to shelves, furniture, or floors.
Here, check out 13 well-styled, colorful rooms for inspiration to bring more color to your own home.
Using a washed-out palette allows you to incorporate lots of different hues—blush, salmon, gray, and blue—and still have the look be soothing, not loud.
Binti Home Blog
Pick a color family (like deep blues) and sprinkle it throughout a room for a cohesive look.
The art, throw pillows, and rug in this room add fun to a mostly white space—and the fact that they're not overly matchy makes it look sophisticated and surprising.
A pine ceiling and black-and-white accents offset rich red and purple furniture.
The New York Times
Don't discount the power of picking one statement piece in a great color—like this purple dining room table—and decorating around it.
Hot pink café chairs add fun and freshness to a breakfast nook.
Pick one surprising feature in an otherwise plain room—like the wooden shutters here—and go full-on with a color you love.
Pippa Jameson Interiors
Contrasting pastels such as pink, mint, and yellow with grays and blues makes them look less sweet.
Not-perfectly matching shades of orange work beautifully in this minimalist living room.
There's something so pretty about a deep blue and red chair next to a watercolor that uses pale versions of the same colors.
Aubrie Pick Interiors
A series of primary colors, in chairs, cushions, or art, looks simple yet cool.
Paint a floor—or use a vibrant rug—to liven up a hallway.