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Bold Color 47 Stories

This was the year of color on Houzz. While we all still love our grays and browns, Houzz saw an explosion of homes with brilliant colors on the site in...
10 Wildly Colorful Kitchens That Thrill and Delight
While white kitchens still reign supreme in many homes, colorful cooking spaces have made a major comeback. Miles away from the neutral spaces so many of us are used to, these spaces aren't afraid to embrace color. Take a look at these inspiring...
No Neutral Ground? Why the Color Camps Are So Opinionated
We Houzzers are very opinionated. And it seems like no other topic brings our opinions to the surface as much as color. Photos on both ends of the spectrum — with a lot of neutrals or a lot...
5 Bright Palettes for Front Doors
Nothing welcomes guests to your home better than a bold, beautiful color on the front door. Many people have no trouble picking out a fun color to paint the door, but don't know what to do with the rest of the exterior. And what about the trim? The...
7 Spicy Hot Color Palettes to Fire Up a Living Room
Consider cranking up the heat in your living or family room by painting your walls in spicy shades of red, yellow or orange. Keep in mind that pure, high-intensity versions of these hues can feel overwhelming — especially in a small space that gets...
Falling for Color: 9 Ways With Pumpkin Orange
With Halloween right around the corner I just had to grab the opportunity to give some love to one of my favorite hues: pumpkin orange. The key to working with this intense color is to use it for those items or areas in your home that you wish to call...
Room of the Day: Connecting With Style in a Former Social-Club Lodge
In the early to mid-1900s, this historic Mill Valley, California, building served as a social-club lodge where members of various Bay Area Swiss organizations gathered for dinners, games and hiking. The Swiss Club Tell, named after the legendary folk...
What Goes With Red Walls?
Red walls can be bold, vivacious, classic … and hard to decorate around! If you loved the idea of red walls when you painted them but now feel at a loss for what else to put in the room, these decorating ideas are here to help.
The Palette’s Power Suit: Energize With Red
Designer Bill Blass once said, “When in doubt, wear red.” In this case what’s true in fashion is true in design. Red is a color whose impact should not be overlooked. I once owned a stunning red suit that I would pull out of...
Bold Backdrops for Colorful Gardens
When we consider color in the garden, we usually think of plants, furniture and decorative accents such as cushions, candles and garden art. But what about walls? Think of this expansive surface as a blank canvas just waiting for your artistic...
Case Study: The Fearless Approach to Bold Color
Interior designer Kristy Kropat's favorite color is orange — and raspberry, and lime green and teal. Basically, she loves all bright colors, and that adoration of bold hues (and disdain...
Color and Pattern Play in a Happy New Nursery
Lani Zervas relied on love and luck to design daughter Daphne's nursery, choosing everything from paint color to pillows based on instant attraction. For some of us, this technique would end in a Technicolor...
Color Feast: When to Use Black in the Dining Room
White interiors are more popular than ever, but I'm going to make a pitch for often-overlooked black as a feature color in your dining room. Injecting a generous swath of black is an easy way to add drama and elegance to a space. But before you clad your...
Color Feast: When to Use Orange in the Dining Room
Orange is a high-energy, fun and friendly color, so it's perfect for the room where we break bread with family and friends. Orange oozes confidence. But for those who lack the confidence to test this outgoing hue in their own spaces, I've gathered together...
10 Ways to Love Neon
I recently started to appreciate neon hues for the first time in my life. While I dodged the nausea-inducing neon trend in the '80s, I caught myself admiring the new electric-blue Nikes with the hot-orange shoelaces my athletic friends were sporting....
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