Do you live your life in Technicolor? Here is a sampling of spaces belonging to people who are not afraid to use every color in the crayon box . . .

"Mexican tiles brighten the guesthouse stair of a Punta Mita [Mexico] home decorated by Martyn Lawrence Bullard."
Design by Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design
Photography by Tim Street-Porter.
Architectural Digest (August 2011).

 "The powder room's hand-painted stripes by Deirdre Newman combine colors used throughout the house. Sink by Waterworks."
A young family's 1919 Tudor home in Rye, New York.
Interior design by Sarah Gilbane.
Photography by Francesco Lagnese.

Display at Mokuba, a ribbon shop in Toronto, Canada.
Photography and text by Michael Penney.
Canadian House and Home (February 14, 2011). 

"Both sofas and the curtains in the family room are covered in Chenonceaux, an ikat by Brunschwig and Fils. Another bold ikat covers the ottoman. Custom dining chairs by Chapman Radcliff are upholstered in Pierre Frey's Le Grand Corail. An end table from John Rosselli Antiques is topped with a blue-and-white ginger jar lamp from Hollywood at Home. Sommers designed the large grass cloth–covered coffee table to accommodate everything from stacks of books to cocktails."
Interior design by Ruthie Sommers.
Photography by Simon Watson.
House Beautiful (March 2014).

"Pucci painted his first scarf in 1949. Hand-colored drawings for scarves from the 1960s and ’70s typify the vibrant colors and patterns that characterized his work."
Photography by Marina Faust.
Text by Joseph Giovannini.

"John Baldessari works are displayed above an Alexandra von Furstenberg console in the salon; a Burmese totem stands at left, the club chairs (with Yastik by Rifat Özbek pillows) are vintage Paul László, and the circa-1960 screen is by Piero Fornasetti."
Renovation architect: Laurent Bourgois.
Photography by Oberto Gili.
Styled by Carlos Mota.
Text by Ian Phillips.
"Veronica Toub's Ultrastylish Paris Apartment" produced by Muriel Brandolini.

 "The made-to-measure kitchen cabinetry was conceptualized by Arora's architect, Antoine Pradels. The bespoke wall of prismatic glass panels was handmade in India."
Paris pied-a-terre of New Delhi-born fashion designer Manish Arora.
Photography by Gaelle Le Boulicaut.
"Next Stop, Wonderland" written by Melissa Goldstein.
Lonny (May 2014).

 "[A] rosy pink claw-foot tub faces a fireplace and sits on inlaid cement tiles from Parisian home store Petit Pan, while a glass wall composed of colored-glass panels painted and etched in India offers patchy privacy."
Paris pied-a-terre of New Delhi-born fashion designer Manish Arora.
Photography by Gaelle Le Boulicaut.
"Next Stop, Wonderland" written by Melissa Goldstein.
Lonny (May 2014).

"In the three-room medieval part of the house, a spectacular geometric pointe de diamant grisaille was inspired by one in the tower of a medieval Bruges hospital. Demeyer had it painted on the walls of the beamed-ceiling dining room. Red velvet and Bruges lace frame a window. Gothic Revival chairs surround the table."
Rooigem, a moated medieval manor near Bruges which was restored by Belgian antiquaire and designer Jean-Philippe Demeyer, artist Frank ver Elst and restorer Jean-Paul Dewever as their design workshop, showroom and residence.
Photography by Miguel Flores-Vienna.
"Well-Lived: Belgian Manor" by Jean Bond Rafferty.

 "[T]wo venerable Italian brands partnered to create modern variations on opus tessellatum, the classic technique of making mosaics from tile. Florentine fashion label Emilio Pucci mined its archives for standouts . . . to develop inspired patterns for tile manufacturer Bisazza. . . . The vivid panel based on the Collane pattern (1971) took six artisans more than 200 hours to fabricate, mixing small, uniform glass pieces with acrylic to create a sense of intricacy reminiscent of Roman and Byzantine mosaics."
Photography courtesy of Bisazza via Architectural Digest.
Daily AD, Architectural Digest (May 15, 2014) 

"Corner unit in Swedish graphic designer Helena Schaeder Söderberg's house."
Photo credit: Helena Schaeder Soderberg via Ish and Chi blog.
"Kids' Book Storage" by Katie Hayden.
Canadian House and Home (April 26, 2013).

"A salmon pink paint makes a further feature of these original built-in cupboards and is a beautiful contrast against the white washed floors."

 "Multicolored bookshelves and plump armchairs make for a cozy feel in the lounge of Bistro du Vin in London's Soho.
Taken from London Style Guide by Saska Graville (Murdoch Books)."

"The nursery's sofa is by Jonathan Adler, the 1980s table is by Milo Baughman, the 1960s fiberglass chairs are Italian, and the carpet is by Missoni; the ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Rhododendron and Peachy Keen, and the wood blinds are painted in Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo in Onyx."
Interior design by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts.
Photography by Simon Upton.
Text by Nancy Hass.

"If you're shy of adding color (or rent your space and are unable to paint) take inspiration from this room designed by Eve Mercier. The Rothko-esque panels on the walls next to the bed are not paint, but vibrant silk.
Taken from the April 2012 issue of House and Garden."

"Paint walls with stripes for a fun – and cheap – take on wallpaper. This striped wall cost $120.
Homeowner Emily Norris found these vintage tufted bedframes for $80 and painted the frames but kept the gold velvet upholstery as-is. For drapery, Emily bought outdoor fabric off-season for $4/yd. and splurged on custom sewing."
Photography by Ashley Capp.

"Update a classic shape with printed fabrics and pastel hues.
Painterly, feminine fabric covers the seat cushion and pairs well with the water-blue velvet on the main body. Rustic and modern tables give the room edge." Wall and trim color: Benjamin Moore's Cloud White.
Interior design by Stacey Smithers.
Photography by Michael Graydon.
Canadian House and Home (March 2012). 

Alabaster eggs.
Photo via Williams-Sonoma.

Pantone Rubik's Cube by industrial designer Ignacio Pilotto.
Photo: Not Beige blog via Canadian House and Home.
"Pantone Love" by Reiko Caron.
Canadian House and Home (May 20, 2011).

"Fashion Magazine's fashion editor-at-large, Susie Sheffman, chose accents in citrus hues to make her all-white dining room warm and inviting. Susie made the geometric art by cutting the centers out of prints [reproductions of Donald Judd prints], then framing both the cutouts and the borders."
Photography by Stacey Brandford.
Canadian House and Home (September 2008).

"A print of Gerhard Richter's '1025 Farben' adds color to the black-walled combination library and home office. A vintage partners desk by Arne Vodder is the nerve center of the space." 
Virginia home of Raji Radhakrishnan. 
Design by Raji Radhakrishnan. 
Photography by Erik Johnson. 
"Taking her Work Home" by Gregory Cerio.
Metropolitan Home (December 2008) via Elle Decor.

"Kids' rooms are one of the places in the house you really can go all out with color, so opt for rainbow brights and bold patterns; children will love these colorful customized shutters. 
Shutters, from Shutterly Fabulous."

 "In the hallway gallery, a Sol LeWitt painting hangs above François Bauchet cabinets from Galerie Kreo."
Architect: Raffaella Bortoluzzi, Lobo Design Studio.
Photography by Bjorn Wallander.
Text by Henry Urbach.
Architectural Digest (April 2014).

"[Mike] McAdams purchased much of the furniture on display at the resort from antiques dealers, including this carved-wood chair."
Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas.
Interior design by Lake Austin Spa Resort owner Mike McAdams in collaboration with Julio Quinones.
Photography by Ryann Ford.
"Breathing Room" written by Jennifer Fernandez.
Lonny (June 2014). 

  "French-born architect Annabel Karim Kassar transformed this hundred-year-old building [originally a Beirut convent] into a light-filled family home. In the master bedroom, bright colors and Middle Eastern patterns command attention. Hand-painted wallpaper fills the niche behind a steel bed. The encaustic floor tiles are original to the house."
"Colorful Bedrooms: Choose Your Perfect Palette" produced by Lucy Fitzgerald.

Handcrafted beach chairs by Sunrise Chair Co. 
"[Brad] McDowell and eighteen employees handcraft chairs identical to the iconic blue rentals that many of us grew up with, but produced with top-of-the-line American-made materials, including Georgia white oak, rust-resistant brass fittings, and marine-grade Sunbrella fabric in more than 18 color choices. . . . For those who love a monogram, the company offers custom embroidery as well."
"A Better Beach Chair" by M.K. Quinlan.
Daily Shot, Garden and Gun (May 23, 2014).

How do you decide which paint color(s) to use in a space? David Oliver offers this tip -

"Choosing a paint color is one of the most difficult aspects of decoration to get right, as it has as much to do with the light source as the pigments used, and neither is constant. Using sample pots can help you avoid expensive mistakes, but you need the patience of an oyster to see how the color and light change from wet to dry and during the day and at night.One method I find helpful is to paint the inside of a wooden storage or cardboard shoe box. This helps predict how a particular color will change in a room with the different kinds of light throughout the day." - David Oliver.
Photo: Courtesy of Paint and Paper Company via Veranda.


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