Vibrant Design Guide [February 2020]

Here is an FAQ for designing with bold colors

Do you have any general tips for how to decorate with bold colors?

Use a color wheel: I hate to say it, but a lot of people have no idea how to use color. They just don’t know how to mix colors with complementary tones. Be honest with yourself. If you think you need some help, download a color wheel app. Then, you can just input one color and the app will give you some ideas on other colors to use. You’ll be shocked at how much bolder and richer your room looks when you’re done.

Buy from different stores: Furniture sets don’t look bold, no matter how vibrant the color is. Boldness comes from the risk of mixing and matching. A lot of people don’t have the guts to do it, but when it’s done right, mixing furniture from different designers results in the best layouts.

Use wood as an accent: Too often, wood is used as the basis of a room and colors are used as accents. That’s the look we see in a lot of these rustic/vintage/DIY-themed bars that are popping up. But why not reverse that? Why not decorate home in bold, vibrant colors and use wood to make your tones pop even more.

Should you use a bold color in larger space smaller rooms and/or in a hallway?

Large spaces: Large rooms are the best place to decorate with bold colors, especially if the room feels too big. A rich, boldly-colored piece of furniture will look like it takes up more space than it actually does, so your room will feel fuller and more lively.

Small spaces: Be careful about using bold colors in small spaces. Certain colors create the illusion that they’re coming toward you, which can make a small room feel even smaller. If you’re surrounded by a rich green tone or a candy apple red, you’ll feel like the walls are closing in on you! In small spaces, it’s always better to stick with pale tones, because they’ll make the room feel bigger.


Most hallways don’t have any windows, so they don’t get any sun. A nice bold yellow can add a little bit of light to an otherwise dark hallway.

What’s the best color to brighten up a dark room?

A nice light blue can bring the sky inside, and it usually goes with anything.

Is it better to paint a room in a bold color or decorate with bold accessories (or both!)?

I’m partial to paint with bold colors and keep the furniture safe. It’s a lot easier to repaint a room than to re-furnish it.

Oftentimes, people get very excited about a bold piece of furniture in the store. But then when they get it home, they don’t like it anymore. Don’t put yourself in that position, Get something stylish but safe, and leave the bold colors on the walls.