Usually I groan when I see Easter candy and decorations migrate into the drug and grocery store aisles well before the actual holiday, but not this year. With winter gone, I am happy to surround myself with doses of bright, cheery jellybean colors.
I am fully aware, however, that many people are Crayola color-phobic. I understand. If not used properly, colors, especially bright ones, can make your living room look like a kindergarten or, worse, a Marvel comic.
Use these tips for using cheery hues:
1 Use color as an accent, not a focus. If you keep a room all neutral without any surprises, you have nothing to guide your eye through the space. Adding small touches of color is like accessorizing an outfit – think colored earrings or a necklace on a woman, a colorful tie or pocket scarf on a man. In general, I like to have three to five colorful elements peppered throughout a room. And remember, a book jacket, flower or candle can add just as much color as a throw, pillow or tray.
2 Let color flow. If your living room opens onto your foyer, using the same accent colors unites those areas. Blue pillows and a blue lamp in your living room? Try a blue vase on your front hall table.
3 Use a paint deck for guidance. Paint decks show a gradation of color from light to bright (or dark). When you choose a bright accent color for your room, complement it with items that represent the full spectrum of that color, just as you would see on a paint deck. By layering the lighter shades, you make the brightness of that color less pronounced. For example, you might layer a sage or mint green pillow with a Kermit the Frog green pillow on a sofa.