Using bright color combinations in the home can seem daunting. But with color making a comeback, it’s time to face your fears. Plus, decorating with bold hues like orange, pink, or green might be easier than you think. In fact, there’s no need to pick up a paintbrush and plaster the walls in the lightest shades you can find, nor do you need to go maximalist in your living room. Not that those options are ruled out, mind you. Instead, for the color-shy and those looking for a fail-safe solution to incorporating color, there are certain secrets to how your decor can make the difference.
Artist, illustrator and model Monica Ahanonu is an expert at using bright colors, whether at work or in her home, and her recent collaboration with rug brand Ruggable has everything you need to add some vibrancy to a colorful living room . The Ruggable x Monica Ahanonu collection (opens in new tab) aims to break the mold of traditional home decor by bringing optimism, light and energy into a space through colour.
1. Don’t get caught up in cohesion
If you’re concerned about introducing bright colors into your interior design, it may be because you’re concerned about designing a color palette that works well together.
“A lot of people are hesitant to bring color into their homes because of a lack of coherence,” say the experts at Ruggable, but for Monica, there’s beauty in exploring and experimenting with color. “For me, the idea of shapes and color compositions being imperfect gives them more of a story and gives the viewer room to create their own world around their chosen design,” says the illustrator.
And you guessed it, the secret to introducing color might just be through a rug. “Brightly colored area rugs are a great place to start to tackle this problem and achieve a bright, elevated yet sophisticated color palette,” suggest Ruggable’s experts. “Not only is it an easy way to integrate the hues with the rest of your decor, but it’s also less of a commitment in the long run if you decide to change the mood of your space.”
2. Use a facility’s color history to choose your room’s palette
In most cases, a carpet is the largest decorative piece in the room. Even the plainest rugs stand out. And since it’s something so big, it’s the perfect way to pick a color palette for the rest of your space. Ruggable suggests thinking about “what tones or shades you typically prefer and like.” Does the brightness of yellow bring you joy? Or maybe you find pink calming and soothing? Whatever your mood enhancer (it’s okay to disagree with color psychology in interior design here), it’s best to stick with what draws you in.
“Once you’ve picked the bold rug that speaks to you, you can pair your home decor with the same colors to bring the look together. Flowers, for example, are an easy way to bring color from your carpet into your home while still keeping it subtle. It’s also a great option to coordinate the colors of your rug with accent pillows or wall decor.’
3. Think of the energy that creates color
Bright colors can create a positive mood and stimulating atmosphere, perfect for people who spend more time at home. Monica describes how when curating a palette she is inspired by how color affects your energy throughout the day.
“A colorful rug can be a great statement piece, adding a pop of color to neutral spaces in your home,” suggests our Ruggables expert. “And if you want the carpet to be the star of the show, keep the rest of the space minimal and neutral to avoid a cluttered, chaotic feel.” Otherwise, if you want to continue using color, pay attention to how your decorative items complement and contrast your rug to ensure it really stands out.’
However, it also pays to know the pros and cons of carpet placement. Be it a small rug tucked under a coffee table or a large rug used to center a room, a colorful rug will be the center of attention as you enter any room. In other words, let your carpet do the talking.