How to: Incorporate Lots of Color

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Why just incorporate one bright color into your modern home when you can incorporate all of them? That’s the question you should be asking yourself if you’ve recently surveyed your stark white or gray room and decided it needs a splash of hue. Sure you could go through the turmoil of choosing just one or two colors, or, you could absolutely bypass the decision entirely and insist on including every single color of the rainbow.

Not just relegated to little kids’ rooms, a rainbow of colors is a fun way to add a lot of personality to a space. Just don’t overwhelm your senses by trying to do it all at once. We’ve got some tips on how to incorporate a rainbow of colors into your home without looking like you’ve sold your soul to a leprechaun.

Go with large surfaces Instead of bringing in a rainbow of colors on small surface accents (what might seem like a “safe” choice), choose large surfaces like floors, walls, cabinets and counters. This makes it seem more like a sophisticated palette rather than an accident.

Avoid rainbow-themed accents Incorporating items like rainbow-colored throw pillows or throw blankets might seem like a good idea, but believe us, it will backfire and look too “cutesy,” a look you’re trying to avoid.

Use multiple colors to group like-minded items Have a table with similar but kind of boring chairs? Why not spice things up by painting each chair a different color? What about a wall of plain frames that need a little oomph? We think they could really benefit from a multi-colored paint job.

Reinforce your rainbow choices with solid-colored accents We told you to avoid individually rainbow-colored accents, but please do reinforce any multi-colored palettes with solid or monochrome home accessory choices that mimic the colors chosen. This will help the whole place look intentional.

Go for rainbow-colored items if they are really cool Okay, every rule has an exception, and it is okay to incorporate rainbow-themed items, but only if they are really cool and only if you don’t have any other multi-colored things in the room. This is one time where a bright, rainbow-themed item works best by itself.

Images: Absolutely Beautiful Things; Apartment Therapy and The Hipster Home
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  1. Rosa Navas

    Jan 10, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I love a coloful house, but really is not easy to put together several colors. Thank you for share these ideas with us :)

  2. stevie.lyn.kim

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I love this post! My favorite color IS rainbow (see blogpost: http://heartsandcraftsblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-adventure-on-da-bus.html), but I don’t want my house looking like Rainbow Brite decorated it :P I’ll take these tips to heart :)

  3. Emily

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    The first 2 pictures are totally my style! So glad a friend showed it to me!

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