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Tips for decorating your home with bright colors

When it comes to home design, we believe you should always follow your instincts and inspiration—that’s why fully custom sofas and sectionals are at the heart of our business. Your home should make you feel happy, relaxed, energized, or however you want to feel when you walk through the door! But sometimes you may be afraid to fully embrace your vision, especially if it includes bold, vibrant colors. Here are our tips for designing a bright-yet-tasteful home:

#1: Go in with a plan.

Maybe you love all the colors in the rainbow…but that doesn't necessarily mean you need every single color represented in every single room. In each room, try to decide on a general color scheme which will let you follow the 60/30/10 rule of interior design:

  • About 60% of the room should have one color. For example, your walls and maybe a few key furniture pieces may be blue.
  • About 30% of the room should be another color. For example, the accent chairs and window shades may be green.
  • About 10% of the room should have an accent color. For example, your poufs and rug may include hints of yellow.

Of course, you may want to have some neutral colors to ground the room too. Bring in the neutrals with natural wood floors, white trim around the walls and doorways, or black frames for your wall art. Whatever you decide, try to plan out your design scheme before you start falling in love with every item at the home decor store.

#2: Think about how you want to feel in each room.

Although psychologists disagree on the credibility of sweeping claims about color psychology, most psychologists do agree that various colors evoke certain emotions for everyone  depending on the associations we have with each hue. For example, the color white may leave you with a calm, peaceful feeling because it makes you feel like you’re at the spa. On the other hand, white walls and floors may make you feel like you're in a cold, sterile hospital.

Consider how different colors make you feel, and how you want to feel in each area of your home. If you have trouble sleeping already, you may want to steer clear of bright colors in your bedroom. In your home office, however, you probably want to choose vibrant shades which make you feel alert and energized.

#3: Save yourself some work.

Don’t rush to redesign an entire room just because you want to add some more color in there! Home owners will often feel dissatisfied with the feeling they get when they walk into a particular room without knowing exactly what is causing their uneasiness. Instead of spending a ton of time and money replacing all the furniture, light fixtures, flooring, and paint colors in a room, start by taking a step back and looking at what you already have to work with. Often, you can make a room feel completely different simply by changing out your wall art, repositioning your furniture, or designing a couch with a better shape and materials.

If you have trouble picturing your space with minor changes like these, there are plenty of mobile apps which can come to rescue! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Mark On Call lets you try out different floor plans with a bird’s eye view.
  • Try On Wall lets you arrange a gallery wall using your existing art.
  • Home Design 3D Gold lets you design a digital 3D version of your whole space, including structural renovations and furniture placement.

#4: If you’re unsure, start small.

If this is your first time decorating with big, bold hues, don’t feel pressured to go all in at one time! Start by custom designing a sofa with Sofa Creations, where you can choose your favorite style, a colored fabric that speaks to you, and the exact dimensions to fit perfectly into your space. Once you see the hue incorporated into one of your existing rooms, you may decide you want to stick with one pop of color…or you may fully embrace the idea of a brightly colored home!

You can even take a smaller step by seeing some bright colors in person at our showroom first. Stop by our San Francisco, Redwood City, or San Rafael locations to see some of our most popular designs and get an idea of which shades would look best in your home. Of course, you can also contact us for more help!