Color Us Impressed

It takes courage to use bold hues—going neutral is so much safer. So when people use the riskier values on the spectrum, we get excited. Here are some head-turners.

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In Glen Ellyn, primary colors make a statement in a sparsely furnished sitting room. A wood floor painted black provides a streamlined foundation (no wood grain to interfere with the color scheme), a white-painted fireplace takes center stage, and an edited mix of bold color-on-white fabrics seals the deal.

4 In Glen Ellyn, primary colors make a statement in a sparsely furnished sitting room. A wood floor painted black provides a streamlined foundation (no wood grain to interfere with the color scheme), a white-painted fireplace takes center stage, and an edited mix of bold color-on-white fabrics seals the deal.

 

Blue and gold is a classic combination; here (in the same home as the red library), the soothing colors, repeated in various tones and textures, create a cohesiveness throughout the bedroom.

5 Blue and gold is a classic combination; here (in the same home as the red library), the soothing colors, repeated in various tones and textures, create a cohesiveness throughout the bedroom.

 

A stationery designer celebrates her love of color and patterns by piling them on in her living room. Why does it work? She basically stuck to four colors—brown, hot pink, black, and white—and from there, had at it with all matter of patterns and textures.

6 A stationery designer celebrates her love of color and patterns by piling them on in her living room. Why does it work? She basically stuck to four colors—brown, hot pink, black, and white—and from there, had at it with all matter of patterns and textures.

 

Photography: (4) Matthew Gilson; (5) Alan Shortall; (6) Katrina Wittkamp

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