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Rooms That Pop with Color Part 4

Rooms That Pop with Color Part 4

In Part 4 of Rooms that Pop With Color, let’s study the value of contrast.  Below, we have vivid complimentary colors repeated in various places-walls, typography, teapot and books, and a bright, playful chair! Once again, the addition of my #ohsosusan favorite white comes into play. Brilliant!

The orange wall below pops against creamy white walls and keeps an otherwise quiet room filled with personality and style. White plays into the theme once again.

The power of strong contrast, in this case, turquoise, white, and black, presents a great background for this art collection. Don’t be afraid of some bright color! Small doses bring your look into play.

Take a look at this saturated color, gently pulled into a nearly neutral upper wall and ceiling. I love the ombre paint and here, you see how white plays such an important part in the success of the room. Remember my white + one color formula for success. It works every time. Perfection !

My last example takes two strong colors, both seen in the above rooms in different applications. Now, they are paired together with great success. And, once again, white is our pop of contrast! Orange and teal play well together here and create a purely happy room!

Don’t be afraid to express your own color dream! These rooms are memorable ones filled with personality and boldness. There is something about rooms with color that just makes my heart sing! Why not create a little tune of your own?



20 Rooms That Pop with Color Part II

20 Rooms That Pop with Color Part II

Continuing on with rooms that pop with color! This chartreuse sofa puts a smile on my face. The mid-century style speaks #purestyle. The deep teal wall is only made more intense by the contrast of white. I’ve often touted the many uses of white, and this is a great teaching photo. Be it the lamp, the table, the sculptures…it’s the magic ingredient in the formula. White can make any color become the star.

This small bathroom has been updated with bold wall color and ceiling and white accents almost everywhere else. Remember one of my formulas for success…white + one color. Here you see it done perfectly. Modern art and the modern random print on the shower curtain  keeps the room lively and fresh! But, the color is really the star of the show here. A hall or guest bathroom is the perfect place to experiment with something bold.


This room uses two strong complimentary colors against a fairly neutral wall to create the interest. If you’re a lover of color, this room could be just the one to come home to. While it uses two strong and vivid colors, no other accent colors are introduced, which keeps it pure and not overstated. It’s bold to be sure and not for everyone. I, for one, love love love it. #ohsosusan

Each one of these rooms has some tone of yellow/green/chartreuse. I guess you can see it’s a favorite in my book. A little more subtle below, the deep walls and light ceiling gives a cozy feel to this retreat. Texture and contrast complete the story.

This room features the pop of color on doors! I have been a big fan and encourager of painted doors my entire career. You can put a stake in the ground for strong color on your doors without comitting to the entire room. We’ll talk more about doors another post!  A classic Persian rug grounds the room, while navy and teal walls contrast boldly against the chrome yellow of the doors. Be a little adventuresome! You can always change the color of your doors quite easily.

Color adds personality to any room setting. Start saving inspiration photos of your favorite rooms from designers you follow, Pinterest, Instagram, or print magazines. You’ll begin to see that your eye seems to be drawn to a few main palettes that make your heart beat a little faster! *Sigh*

20 Rooms That Pop With Color! Part I

20 Rooms That Pop With Color! Part I

Paint is my magic wand. That has been one of my key “Susan Tips” since my career began, over 25 years ago! I’m going to post 5 rooms that sing with color for the next few nights. I’ll give you examples of contrasting color, accent color, complimentary color, loads of color, a bit of color…unexpected color…you name it, you will be inspired by color! Hopefully, you’ll want to find a way to add a little (or a lot!) of color to your room. It’s pure magic.

This first room is a strong statement of complimentary colors. Chartreuse and teal is the palette. Wow! The print is in the art, everything else is basically solid and strong, strong, strong. White trim and white drapery rods! Unexpected on the rods, but I like it! The white trim is tied together with white accents in accessories. You know how I feel about white! The rug is a softer version of the strong tones of the room. Nice.

This next room is a great example of the use of an accent wall. This method of introducing color into your room has become more popular again. Gray is the basic neutral, used in the carpet and the sofas. One brilliant accent wall in orange. It’s just plain happy.

I’ve noted black being used as wall color in stunning designs! Black. My followers know I’m a strong proponent of ceilings being painted the same color as the walls…but in this case, I totally agree with the contrast of this white ceiling. While black is the absence of color, it does make for a striking amount of drama. It’s all about contrast in this case. It’s moody, strong, and fabulous! Of course, I love the use of the brushed gold faucet too. If you stop by my new design studio when it is completed, you’ll see the use of black as a wall color!  Can’t wait. I love this room. Black might be a bit outside the box for your style, but put it in the back of your #stylebox file and you might just find a time to use it.

Here we have the strongest accent color on the ceiling! Navy gloss just steals the show here. Stark white walls and citron green draperies and roman shades just make this room speak the language of color. While this room is eclectic in the furnishings, the deep value of the navy against the bright pops of green (not to mention that fabulous ceiling fixture’!) make this room memorable. #colorcrush

The last room for tonight has some similar color themes to a few of the other rooms, but in this case, it’s all about pattern + color. The scale of the large flowers, along with the vibrant color choice keeps this room from being juvenile, and in fact, rather chic! It’s a rather interesting and bold choice of color for the baseboards too. White would also be great, but I like the fact that this designer is not afraid to make a statement.

The images for this series of blog posts were all found on Pinterest. Loads of ideas, and you will find so many choices…some exciting and fabulous….some not to take too seriously. You’ll find a theme of color stories in the next few nights as well.

So, that’s my first 5. Stay tuned for the next 5 and make a file of your favorites!

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