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Trend Spotlight: Bold Colored Rooms Are Bringing Joy Inside

Want the scoop on one of the latest and greatest interior design trends? First, shameless plug for our podcast, because in episode 4 we dug into some of the best and worst of interior design trends over the decades, including what we’re loving right now. But that’s not why we’re here!

The trend we’re talking about today? Bold-colored rooms! With the world at large feeling like it’s at a stand-still, and nothing but bad news filling our newsfeeds, people are bringing some excitement and joy into their lives with bold colors. Since we’re spending so much time at home, people are brightening up their spaces, and color is a huge part of that. In the past couple months we’re seeing more and more people embrace bold colors in their home rather than cover them up with neutrals.

A great example of this is blogger Kate Arends of Wit & Delight, who’s embracing brightly colored rooms in her new home. And Veranda just published their Bold Color issue with some seriously daring color palettes on display. You can even see this trend in small ways in Kendall Jenner’s cozy LA hideaway.

In many cases, this trend is showing up in bold wall colors. But you can definitely get this look without breaking out the paint! Ready to dig into this trend and maybe try it out in your own home? We asked our designers how they’re working with this trend, and they shared their best tips on how to get the look in the rooms below.

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bold colored roomsStick With Colorful Decor

Here’s a great example of adding bold colors to your space without painting any walls. In this case, we simply integrated color through the accessories and decor while maintaining white walls. This is a perfect approach for those who aren’t sure how they’ll feel about a more brightly colored space. You aren’t committing to this trend in a more “permanent” way with a wall color, but you’re still embracing colors in a big way. A bedspread is a great way to add a huge wash of color (and pattern!) to a bedroom. We then added pops of color through art, plants, and accent pillows, creating a veritable rainbow within your bedroom. How cheery!

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bold colored roomsAdd One Big Statement Color

Another way to tap into this trend? Using a pop of one statement color. In this case, it’s through a bold-colored sofa—but you could also do this through an accent wall, a chair, wall art, a rug, or any other large-scale object in the room. Here, the rust sofa adds a warm, bold pop of color to the space, which really stands out in contrast to the otherwise neutral room. This is a great approach for those with minimal or glam styles where adding a bit of a dramatic flair is par for the course.

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bold colored roomsGo All Out

Want to dive headfirst into this trend? Go all out with a combination of colorful walls, furniture, and decor. It makes for a pretty beautiful room, huh? However, this type of bold color palette requires a bit of thought to make sure the colors coordinate. To achieve this look, consider a color palette with 2-3 dominating and coordinating colors, then mix those colors into all elements of the design in a repeating way. You can see this in the room above with the way that the yellow repeats in the sofa and pouf, while the blue repeats in the chairs, pillows, and wall art. You can also see small extra uses of the peach wall colors in the painting above the fireplace and a vase on the bookcase.

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bold colored roomsStrike Some Contrast

This room explores a similar approach as the room above, but with a very different execution. Go for a dark bold color on the walls, and then layer bold but contrasting colors in the rest of the space. In a living room, the sofa is the main contrasting element to the wall—so go for something like a purple wall with a mustard sofa like in the room above, or perhaps a dark blue wall with a white sofa. Basically, you just want to strike some major contrast. Then anchor the design with lighter pops of color in the other furniture and decor.

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bold colored roomsPaint An Accent Wall

Sometimes, painting an accent wall can have an even bolder look than painting a whole room. We love the idea of a bright and bold-colored accent wall in a room with striking architectural details or in a space that has a natural focal point. In this case, we painted a wall that has built-in shelving, but you could also achieve this through painting a full wall in a small space. To drive home this look, add pops of complimentary colors into the overall room design so the accent wall has a good sense of contrast within the space.

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bold colored roomsGo Monochrome

Another way to make use of bold colors in your space? Go monochrome. The repeated use of the same color tone will create a bold and dramatic look. For this approach, we recommend tapping into the earth tones trend. For your main color, use a calming color like sage, terracotta, or a mix of blues or greys. Here, we paired a green wall with matching curtains and a rug in a slightly deeper shade of green. But then we accented the space with pops of natural woods and other earth tones in the furniture and other decor. The result is a cohesive design that, when put all together, really pops.

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What 3 Designers Think of Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

pantone classic blueNow that we’ve looked back at 10 years of Pantone colors, it’s time to turn our focus to the future. Pantone recently released their new 2020 Color Of The Year, Classic Blue, and we can’t help but wonder how it will take shape in the world of design.

Classic Blue is a color that sounds quite a lot like how it looks. Not quite navy, far from sky, it’s a blue that is dark, deep, and almost has an earthy undertone. Pantone describes Classic Blue, a color that brings to mind the sky at dusk. In their words it is nonaggressive, easily relatable, and a solid and dependable shade meant to provide refuge. According to the institute, it was chosen in response to the frenzy and anxiety in the world today brought on by technology.

As is usually the case, peoples’ reactions to the color have been somewhat polarized. Some argue that the color is forgettable and irrelevant to the current landscape of unrest and information overload. Others in design, fashion, and visual industries have jumped on board noting that some of the biggest recent trends have already started to set the tone for a year of Classic Blue.

Classic Blue in Home Design

Naturally, we’re of the camp that’s thrilled about the crisp, solid blue shade. Here’s why: First off, we think the color signifies a return to aspects of traditional home design. People are looking for spaces that are inviting, warm, and comfortable, and are calling on nostalgia to achieve those feelings. Classic blue is—well—classic, and it’s a color that has always been in style and will continue to be. It’s a sound choice for anyone who wants their environment to feel like a steady moment in a changing world.

Not to mention, blue is consistently the number one color choice among Modsy customers. And now we expect to see a lot more of it along with a larger a resurgence of classic forms and styles, including the re-introduction of antiques in interiors.

To put Classic Blue to the test, we tasked three Modsy designers to dream up spaces that work in the new hue. Take a look at their designs below and get their tips for working the color into your home decor.

classic blue home designLook #1: Classic & Warmly Glamorous

Modsy Designer: Aimee M.

Why She Loves Classic Blue: For Aimee, the hue is endlessly inspiring and versatile. She describes Classic Blue as truly a timeless color that has the ability to transcend styles and trends.

How She Used The Color: Aimee designed a bedroom that brings the boldness and versatility of Classic Blue into chic focus. Paired with bright whites and contrasting hues, Aimee demonstrates how the color has enough brilliance and pop to steal any show.

However, she thinks that the blue shade’s real power is when it’s used as the primary color in a space. This allows the deep undertones to create a sense of swaddled security and grounded calm.

Case in point: This bedroom she designed is equal parts traditional and glamorous, and is steeped in a deep sense of comfort.

Look #2: Classic & Simply Modern

Modsy Designer: Jessi V.

Why She Loves Classic Blue: The blue shade reminds Jessi of how, in fashion, blue jeans have been an undisputed closet staple for as long as anyone can recall. Not to mention, they can be paired with almost anything. For her, it’s the same with Classic Blue. She’s excited to see the color used as a neutral and a base in home decor in the same way as blue jeans have been employed in fashion.

How She Used The Color: Jessi envisioned this living space that’s anchored by the blue but still feels perfectly crisp, clean-lined, and simple with just the right amount of bright impact.

For Jessi, the idea is that Classic Blue is a medium for modern minimalists to explore and experiment with color. The blue in this living area has classic appeal but is neither overwhelming nor too much of a commitment for modern design lovers.

It’s also bold yet calming, and it’s a naturally occurring shade. All of that makes it an easy and relatable accent color that will encourage even the staunchest minimalists to dip their toes into a world of color.

pantone classic blueLook #3: Classic & Captivatingly Cool

Modsy Designer: Logan R.

Why He Loves Classic Blue: The reason is simple for Logan. Classic Blue is more playful and vibrant than your run-of-the-mill navy shades. But it’s also a shade that he thinks anyone can readily incorporate into their space. He’s excited to see what people do with it.

How He Used The Color: Logan sees the blue shade used in a cool contemporary way that involves patterns and shapes. He believes that texture is key to incorporating the shade successfully. He’s thinking slubby fabrics, matte glazed ceramics, tinted glass, and rich velvets that add sophistication. These distinct tactile elements will help keep Classic Blue from leaning into what he describes as “recycling bin blue” territory.

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