Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A word on bright colors

If any of you have been to my home you know that I am crazy about bright, vibrant colors. I can't live without them. But bright colors can look terrible if done wrong, which is why most people stick with safe, muted hues. Here you see bright colors gone wrong. It is a kid's bedroom, but your eye still doesn't know where to land. There are too many patterns, too many colors, and too many hues. Here are my basic tips for using brights the right way:

1. Don't use more than 2 or 3 bright colors in the same room.
2. Make sure those colors are all the same hue.
3. Don't mix busy patterns. Choose one busy pattern, and use subtle patterns if you need more.
4. Once you have these rules down, go ahead and break them.

The point of using bright, intense hues is to catch your eye. If you have too many in one room, your eyes don't know where to land and the room feels confusing. There some excellent features to this room, but look at how many different colors there are! I can find 25 in just one glance. That is way too many. Keep it simple, and then add one bright thing at a time.

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