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4 Ways to Work with Bold Colors and Patterns

Experiment and be creative with these tips and ideas


Bold colors and patterns are a bit tricky to work with since they can be quite loud and definitely eye-catching. It pays to be cautious when combining colors and picking patterns that will complement each other.

If you're a bit unsure if you can take the next step, here are four rooms and helpful tips that make working with bold colors and patterns a piece of cake:

Main photo from Goodglance Home Ideas.

Pick a bold palette

When decorating with colors, it's important to know which ones go well and complement each other. While the usual route would be to pair a really strong hue to more muted ones, you can also go bold on bold by picking out three or four bold colors and use them throughout the room. You can choose to work with a white or grey background to make the colors pop.

Photo from Homedit.

Identify the pieces on which to use colors and patterns on

For example, pick a wall that will work best as your accent wall and work around it. Keeping the bold color and patterns on pieces like throw pillows and cabinets can help you easily update the room’s overall look as often as you want.

Photo from Homedit.

Plan your pattern by size

Have you ever seen a large rug printed with small patterns? It can be a bit dizzying to look at right? Likewise, you won’t give a large pattern justice if you put it on something small. Make sure you consider these when shopping for rugs, pillow covers, and sheets.

Photo from Goodglance Home Ideas.

Create a balanced look with the help of white

Having too many prints and bold colors in one room can turn the space into one huge eyesore. Use white strategically on certain parts of the house and pieces of furniture to create a balanced look while giving your eyes a "break" from the all the pattern and color frenzy.

Photo from Decoholic.

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