Though I love the polished, high-end look for homes, it tends to get a little saturated with neutral hues for my taste. There is no doubt that an elegant-modern style will always make the neighbors jealous, but you would still want it to feel like home, right?

Color additions are excellent to create a casual and personal feel, AND you don’t need to be shy with them. Get rid of that ‘furniture store’ look just by adding and subtracting a few items from your place!

saturated-colors

The mix of contrasting, evenly saturated colors brings life to this room. Maybe it’s not something easy to picture in your living room, but when your predominant colors are gray and charcoal gray, it is easy to see why this rug fits like a glove.

spring-colors

¬†Sometimes adding a bit of spring to your home can really freshen things up! Incorporating cool hues as prints, textiles or wall coverings, is a great way to keep a light feel without having an ‘easter overload’ in the room.

pastel-colors

You can also choose pastel colors with a light grey undertone to bring the brightness down and still enjoy the fresh and light appearance. You can also play with the value (light to dark range of a color) of the hue of your choice to keep a consistent yet dynamic look.

pop-of-color

… And the ‘pop of color’ method never gets old! It can become more interesting though. Look at how the yellow pop actually derives from all the already existing mustard and gold hues from the wood and stone. This is probably a good trick to use when you already have a lot of different wood or metal furniture that doesn’t necessarily ‘match’. In the one bold color, they all find common ground.

complementary-colors

I particularly love playing with complementary, or close-to-complementary colors. They are inherently contrasting and appealing to the eye. The good use of contrast in scale can also help you contain the loud effect of these color combinations.

color-contrast

Last but not least, I love the powerful message of highly saturated colors working equally in one room. Sometimes this look can be a little overbearing, but when done right it can be the best element in your house. You have to make sure to choose your colors wisely and almost never work with pure primary colors, instead play with the color temperatures to achieve subtle consistency.