A bright color scheme can be a welcomed pick-me-up for a child’s bedroom or family room.

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Whether for a children’s room, a family room or a space where you’re looking to incorporate bold, vivid looks, a fun and festive color scheme can be a welcomed pick-me-up. Full, bright colors can make a statement, and they work well blended with neutral colors such as taupe, brown, black and gray.

Don’t know where to start? The best springboard is to find an inspiration piece and build a color palette around it. Perhaps it’s an area rug, a piece of art, an accent chair or your favorite color. The key is to pick a color you love, and don’t be afraid to mix and match and use complementing colors.

Orange. Bright and friendly, yet capable of being sophisticated, orange is one of the most versatile bright colors. You can pair orange with yellow in a family room or playroom, or with charcoal gray or white in an adult space for a sleek, modern look. Not sure which shade to pick? Consider brighter tones if you are looking for a playful, youthful look, and more muted tones such as a burnt orange for a more sophisticated look.

Green. This can be a tricky color, in large part because of how green can be affected by other colors and even by natural light. Many greens have yellow undertones, which help even darker shades feel light and airy. Looking for an even lighter shade? Consider a green with white undertones that may be closer to a pastel. Pastel or mint green can be a successful color choice without appearing medicinal if paired with grounding colors such as gray, brown and black. You can always incorporate various tints, tones and shades of green to make a space feel cohesive.

(Design Recipes via TNS)
(Design Recipes via TNS)

Pink. Powder pink is one of the more popular pastel colors. Pink pairs extremely well with brown and gray. Used in spaces that may be smaller in size, such as a home office or children’s bedroom, pink can add a sense of freshness when paired with foundation colors like white. A great use of pink is in accessories and accents, such as coffee-table books or toss pillows.

Purple. A color often associated with royalty, purple can be mistakenly dismissed as being too youthful. The reality is that purple is a rare color that can be both playful and sophisticated, even with muted tones. Pair purple with foundation colors such as black, brown and gray.

(Design Recipes via TNS)
(Design Recipes via TNS)

Yellow. Yellow is a great choice, especially if you are a fan of gold and brass finishes, one of the hottest finishes in home décor right now. It can also help perk up a space. Yellow can be both youthful and warm and welcoming. Consider a bright and bold tone similar to the color of a lemon if you’re looking to brighten a space. Darker shades such as mustard can still mimic sunshine and help reflect light, while also feeling warm, light and inviting. Yellow pairs well with white and gray.