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With neutral hues taking front seat in the design trends these past few years, I’m left wondering who sucked the life out of our interior spaces? Who had the gall…

With neutral hues taking front seat in the design trends these past few years, I’m left wondering who sucked the life out of our interior spaces? Who had the gall to do away with glorious color? Not afraid of bucking the trends or creating a little fuss, I propose a full revolt against pale rooms and raise my fist in favor for color.

The Upward Bound House by Elizabeth Bomberger asian bedroom

My plea is probably as dramatic as the rooms featured in my recent article for Houzz, but seriously I’m looking for some spaces that encourage a little fun. We practice enough restraint in public, so why not let our hair down, get wild, and get colorful. It is quite liberating. If you aren’t afraid to be a bit rebellious, take a look at the rest of these amazing spaces. Have a wonderful Friday!

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  • Capella Kincheloe Interior Design
    February 18, 2011 1:08 pm

    I love color, but I think people think it's hard to do right. It is so much more interesting than neutral spaces.

  • Kim@Chattafabulous
    February 18, 2011 2:02 pm

    Erika, I adore this space. Color always wins for me!!

  • Tammy@InStitches
    February 18, 2011 2:58 pm

    I vote Yes for color !

  • I love color too, but my hubby is more of a neutral person. So, I like to add splashes of color with drapes, accent furniture and little knickknacks.

  • My House, My Garden
    February 18, 2011 5:04 pm

    I use neutrals throughout my home and use punches of color that I can easily take away. I know that is the sissy's way!! I wish I could embrace color more permanently but Capella was correct: it's hard to do right. Maybe I will start with my new powder bath reno!

  • Lissa @ After Adornment
    February 18, 2011 6:36 pm

    I am so for color right now. I have been living in a neutral space for too long and colorful spaces can't some soon enough!

  • Tobe | Because It's Awesome
    February 18, 2011 8:23 pm

    haha! yes, bring on the color!

  • Sally@DivineDistractions
    February 19, 2011 2:45 pm

    I never really got on the neutral bandwagon. I have a couple of clients who have a low tolerance for color, but for the most part, the people I find who want to work with me want color. They aren't slap-happy crazy for color, but they don't want a neutral space either. I really think the real estate professionals are the ones who have pushed the neutral trend because it sells homes, but IMO it's never been the best design trend.

  • Oh, how I which I wouldn't have a rented place. I really would love to have dark blue walls in my living room.

    Right now my favorite color is a sunny yellow. I painted picture frames and a letter K above my dogs place. I only have a small space, so I have to be careful with the yellow. Since I have to stay away from the walls I will try to buy some accessoires in a great raspberry color!


  • courtneyoutloud
    February 21, 2011 7:22 pm

    Viva la Colour!

  • Mona Thompson Providence Ltd.
    February 21, 2011 10:36 pm

    I'm all about color, but the warmer the better for me.

  • Edward @ Turn This House Into A Home
    February 22, 2011 3:52 pm

    I love this. Sweep neutrals away! Embrace colour!

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max
    February 22, 2011 9:08 pm

    Yes!!! While I am drawn to the look of a neutral room and love an all white space, but pops of color alongside the neutral bases is what makes me happy in my own home.

    I enjoyed this post! Janell

    and p.s. deleted my first comment due to TYPOS! 🙂

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max
    February 22, 2011 9:09 pm

    Ha! I give up, that comment has errors too. Oh well, I need a nap? Janell


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