Bright, fun and festive shades such as yellow, red, orange and green — known as “candy colors” — can help to add interest and put a fresh face on nearly any room of the home.

Looking to sweeten your space? Here are some top tips to help get you started.

DO’S

• Create a color palette that includes bright, bold color as opposed to muted tones.

• Consider traditional “citrus” colors such as orange, lemon and lime.

• Introduce candy colors through accessories and accents such as artwork and toss pillows.

• Consider adding in a “surprise” element, such as a colorful side chair or ottoman.

• Pair bright, bold colors with neutral colors such as white and black, as neutral colors will help make bright colors stand out.

Introduce candy colors through accessories and accents such as artwork. (TNS)
Introduce candy colors through accessories and accents such as artwork. (TNS)

DONT’S

• Be afraid to mix various bold colors in a single space.

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• Overlook opportunities beyond youth rooms to bring in bright, vibrant colors.

• Go overboard. A palette with three to four colors will work well.

• Pass up opportunities to infuse “portable” design elements such accessories.

• Forget to bring in bright, bold color is spaces that are often ignored, such as kitchens, hallways and bathrooms.

 

Cathy Hobbs: info@cathyhobbs.com. Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host, an interior designer and a home-staging expert based in New York City.