How to Have a Colorful Room with Neutral Walls, or Not.

by | Apr 5, 2020 | blog

Do you crave color, but are scared to put it on your walls? I am the opposite and actually fear white walls. Whichever side of the spectrum you’re on, I think this post will show you that there’s not just one way to get a colorful room.

I was perusing CR Laine’s website for inspiration when I noticed four photos showcasing two ways to execute a colorful room–with or without color on the walls. Take note!

(Cool colors) Method 1: Color on the walls (and possibly accents) and mostly neutral furniture.

The rug, wood console, artwork, and leopard print chairs are considered neutrals. The biggest impact of color is coming from the wall covering and the freshly colored lamps. This is a sophisticated, moody colored space.

(Cool colors) Method 2: Neutrals on the walls and colors in the furniture, accents, and/or art.

The off-white walls and equally neutral sofa and casegoods are punctuated by bold punches of color in the accent chairs, art, drapery, and fern clippings. The effect is a light, but colorful, feeling space.

(Warm colors) Method 1: Color on the walls (and possibly accents) and mostly neutral furniture.

The color is throughout the walls, the artwork, the pillow, lamp, and even accent chair. There are plenty of neutrals to balance all of the color: wooden door and accent tables, along with large scaled neutrals–sofa, rug, and mouldings. This room is very fresh feeling, despite the use of dramatic colors.

(Warm colors) Method 2: Neutrals on the walls and colors in the furniture, accents, and/or art.

There are a lot of neutrals in this space–the walls, sofa, fireplace, ottoman, rug, lamps, accent tables, and two accent pillows! The sparing use of intense pinks and oranges breathes life into what would otherwise be a bland space.