COLOR STORY: 9 COLORFUL INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS FROM A HOME STYLE EXPERT

Updated: Sep 7, 2019

Instagram might have you convinced that all white rooms are in (nothing against white) but if you are a color lover like me then an all white room will never do! Step into abstract artist, Ann Golumbuk's colorful modern San Diego home that I recently designed to showcase all of her original artwork.

HOME STYLE EXPERT, RACHEL MORIARTY

Incorporating color into my clients' homes is what I'm best known for. I'm going to share my 9 top tips to incorporate color into your home.

COLORFUL MODERN LIVING ROOM

INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 1: VIBRANT ABSTRACT WALL ART

In this project, I was so fortunate to have Ann's original artwork to work with! It was the jumping off point for this entire project. Wall art that is unique to your signature style really elevates a room and is a fabulous way to bring color into your space. I love abstract art because of the bold strokes of colors, patterns and shapes.

COLORFUL ABSTRACT WALL ART

INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 2: JEWEL TONED ACCENT CHAIRS

Jewel tones are back Baby! I am so happy to see jewel tones in the showrooms during my buying trips across the nation to the various furniture and design markets. In this space, I added three swivel chairs - one in fuchsia, one in blue and one in a dark green velvet. If you really want to take a risk with color, accent chairs are the perfect place to flex your color muscles.


INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 3: MODERN COLORFUL AREA RUG

I found this gorgeous colorful rug while I was on a buying trip at High Point Market (in High Point, NC., the furniture capital). This area helped pull all of the colorful elements of this space together.

COLORFUL MODERN AREA RUG

INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 4: DECORATE WITH MUSTARD YELLOW

I'm currently obsessed with mustard yellow. We added a massive piece of mustard yellow wall art to this living room and it adds so much great energy to the space. Don't forget that you can add touches of yellow throughout the space using fresh flowers like I did throughout this space.

COFFEE TABLE STYLING

INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 5: RENEW WITH COLORFUL PILLOWS

In this project, we incorporated Ann's existing leather sectional sofa. I added a mix of new colorful pillows in various patterns and texture to update it.

PILLOW DETAIL

SCULPTURAL ART JUXTAPOSED AGAINST COLORFUL WALL ART

INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 6: WHITE ACCENTS

I know that this is a post about color but I would be remiss to not mention that when you are using a lot of bold color in a space, white accents become very bold graphic elements contrasted against a colorful wall or wall art. In this space, we up-cycled some of Ann's existing vases, stacked them on wood blocks then painted them matte white. I love how sculptural they look now!


INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 7: ICONIC BLUE

To me the color blue is a neutral. If you want to dip your toe into the "decorating with color" water, I would suggest that you begin with blue. It's a very grounding color. I try to add a touch of blue to every project I work on.

DETAIL OF BLUE CUSTOM DRAPERY

INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 8: DRAMATIC STATEMENT HARDWARE

Since my client is an artist, signature hardware was a MUST for her new built in cabinetry! These added a touch of color with the green patina in the brass as well as the semi precious blue lapis stone.

STATEMENT HARDWARE

INTERIOR DESIGN TIP 9: VIBRANT FRESH FLOWERS

I know it may seem like a no-brainer but fresh flowers are the quickest easiest way to add a pop of color to any space. I've always LOVED the saturated colors and graphic nature of tulips.


My client, Ann, says that she now FEELS as though she is living IN one of her paintings! Doesn't she look perfectly at home in this space? That is the highest compliment I could ever receive.

If you need help discovering and expressing your personal style in your home, book a consultation. I work with clients in San Diego and virtually throughout the nation.


If you like the artwork you've seen and would like to purchase a piece, all of the artwork displayed in Ann Golumbuk's home is for sale. You can contact her here >>> http://anngolumbuk.com/?page_id=7


Interiors photographed by Deb Shields Photography.

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