How would you describe this room to someone? The flooring is light wood, matching the kitchen cabinets. The furniture is a combination of neutrals and the two area rugs are brown-bordered sisal. Given this information, who would imagine the three primary colors on the walls?
This is a daring decision. Imagine this home without the colors. It would be attractive and well-proportioned. The lamp over the table would add some color and the throw pillows provide interest and warmth. But move into the wall colors and the entire picture changes.
Red is a good color for a dining room. It encourages eating and liveliness. Red and black also combine to pack a punch. In the office area, dark blue adds a serene feel, and with the charcoal desk and chair, it is the professional space in this home. Light reflections also contribute, although a large piece of art on that wall would add drama.
Once the homeowner decided to use red and blue primary colors, yellow was a natural third choice. Using it on that central pillar put it in juxtaposition with the other colors, while adding a spark of brightness to the living room.
Although this home doesn’t have the childlike feel that primary colors generally fit with, in this room they take a standard look and bring it up a level. As you look at your home, are there any areas that could benefit from a daring display of colors? Why not take a chance?