Mix up your throw pillows for a colorful pile. Use bright, punchy pillow covers in a coordinating palette, says Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. By covering pillows or inserts you already have, you can create a spot of color without buying all new pillows and breaking the bank. You can use DIY tutorials, such as how to make your own pillows out of T-shirts and how to make matching his and her throw pillows.
“Light and airy” is how designer Sally Carson describes this living space in a newly renovated home in Australia, which features hardwood flooring, off-white walls, a brushed-chrome ceiling fan, and off-white upholstery. “Although quite a neutral palette, pops of color are introduced in the eclectic furnishings such as the industrial style coffee table and the large artwork by indigenous Australian artist Betty Club-Mbitjana,” says Carson.
In a townhouse master suite, designers Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese created a look that’s elegant and refined, and more than a little bit romantic. “We used a palette of gray and cream to keep the bedroom feeling airy and serene,” say the designers. “Coral accents add warmth and contrast.” A simple drapery with a Greek key trim creates privacy and light control, and also brings another soft layer into the room. An upholstered headboard from Cisco Brothers was customized with extra height for added drama and paired with beautiful warm walnut bedside tables with hidden storage to create a bit of edginess to the room's otherwise tranquil and inviting color scheme.
Designer Sherry Hope-Kennedy kept the decoration spare in this clean-lined, rustic dining area. She transformed the space into a bright, minimalistic room using a neutral color palette and natural elements: off-white walls, a farmhouse table, and a wire pendant reminiscent of a bird’s nest are coupled with an oversized painting, for an effect that’s dramatic in its very simplicity.