You’d be hard-pressed to find a decorator who loves color as much as I do. From chartreuse green to cobalt blue, there's really no shade I shy away from—and I actually believe that maintaining a broad palette within your home helps it feel balanced and collected. But I think the key to using an abundance of color without a chaotic end result is a hefty dose of neutrals: I almost always paint or paper my walls in white, black, brown, or gray; these shades help establish a coherent design scheme and make perfect backdrops for colorful furnishings and accessories. Below, a few of my favorite cheery pieces for brightening up a room.
The inspiration: pale gray walls in this apartment owned by Rita Konig are the perfect neutral backdrop for vibrant art and accessories.
photograph by James Merrell
If your walls and sofa are both neutral colors, you can pull off a colorful rug with an exciting pattern. This one is beautiful and well priced (especially in smaller sizes) and would look great layered atop a natural-fiber woven rug.
The Morgan Rug
This rainbow glass vase is a work of art—and a sophisticated way to incorporate several colors into a space.
Fidji Vase 14 1/4
A neutral background makes colorful art sing. This original piece would be lovely against crisp white walls.
I often choose neutral colors for sofas so that I can easily update my decor with colorful pillows and throws. And I think this gorgeous throw would stay on my sofa for a good long while!
Is there anything more cheerful than yellow polka dots? This pillow is pure sunshine.
Who doesn’t love a pinch of Hermès orange? This lacquered cube is versatile and affordable.
Orange Lacquer Cube Side Table- Medium
This aqua lamp, similar in style to traditional Murano glass, is sure to pop against smooth, matte walls.
Paulette Aqua Cased Glass/Acrylic Lamp
Just as red lipstick can make an outfit, a red chair can make a room. With its bold contrasting welt, this persimmon armchair is a stunner.
Harper Chair - Orange Felt
Corralling your keys in this neon-green glass bowl will provide order and elegance.
CONTRAST SM BOWL GREEN
This art poster makes a graphic, citron statement.
Publicite Sauvage/Poster Hanger