How To Brighten A Room With Color

By: Amanda Gates
AB Home Design


Gone are the days of dark dreary interiors. When I first got into the design business fifteen years ago, everything was dark, oversized and glazed. The look was considered to be Mediterranean or European. That translated into a lot of dark reds, deep browns, heavy golds and fabrics with just as little buoyancy. I never thought I would dislike green until I painted so many sage walls that I wanted to puke.

Lucky for us, that trend is gone. Todays interiors are bright, fresh and full of personality, thanks to pops of crisp color and fresh white walls. If you are slowly making your way out of the nineties and not sure where to start, here are some terrific examples of ways to brighten up your space with just a few easy steps.

[accordion title=”1. Accent chairs”]

Chairs around the house, or dining room are a great way to add that punch of fruit flavors to your space. Your space could be entirely neutral but infuse it with a pop of that unexpected color and give you and your guests a great surprise!


This chair from Pier 1 Imports is a great example of just the right amount of fun!

[accordion title=”2. Fabric accents”]

Here is a great example from Better Homes and Gardens of an updated traditional space. Here the room houses a very traditional bedroom set, and soft robins egg blue walls.


But add an accent of complimentary orange and peach and the room perks up immediately. This is a very inexpensive and quick fix that can be done to any room.

[accordion title=”3. Bold Furniture Moves”]

This is by far the hardest decision to make for most clients…and often those are the risks with the biggest rewards!


When it comes to large furniture pieces, take a risk and upholster them in something bold. This sofa above from Room and Board Upholstered in emerald will completely make your space, and dare I say make you smile? Emerald like yellow is rarely a color used. It is typically sage or a dirty green! Take that risk and you will be surprised at how happy it makes you.  Perhaps your favorite color is Mint Green? Use it and upholster accordingly!



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Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.