Today’s post is brought to you by Washington, DC – based interior designer, Danielle Gray of Gray Livin’. She’s best known for ‘inspiring cool people to live soulfully with style.’ She’s at the right place–after all BluLabel Bungalow readers are the ‘cool people.’ I’m excited to have Danielle share with you expert advice on one of my favorite topics in design, color. Thank you Danielle for your contribution!

You may have noticed this season’s latest color trends are exploding with bright neon hues, classic shades and soft pastel pigments. Tango Tangerine, Citron Yellow, Coral Pink, Kelly Green, and Mint are must-have colors this spring in fashion, beauty, and home décor. Pantone’s Color of the Year, Tango Tangerine, is a vibrant reddish-orange that will brighten up a dull room. While pink and orange and mint and peach are popular color combinations that will add pizazz to any interior.

Neutrals will always have a place in the home but color is currently flourishing in bedding, curtains, paints, fabrics, furniture, and other home furnishings. Color is a great way to spice up your mood and renew the energy in your space. But if you’re typically color shy and prefer a neutral palette, this spring’s eye-catching shades may have you feeling a little overwhelmed. Here are a few tips on how to delicately infuse color into your home and put an end to your color rut.

Sprinkle Color Using Decorative Accents

The safest way to ease into color is by introducing colorful accent pieces and accessories in one of your favorite hues. You can select one bold hue, (i.e. citron yellow) or mix one or two vibrant colors together against a neutral backdrop. Try using color on lamps, pillows, artwork, and rugs.

Lynn Morgan Design

Divvy Up Color

Designate color to centralized areas in a room. Create a vignette in a hallway or living room and style it using colorful vases and other accent pieces. Also, flowers are a great source of color. If you’re not ready to fully commit to color in your space, experiment with fresh flowers in fun colors that can be displayed nicely on a table or countertop.

 Kate Collins Interiors

Paint The Walls

A sure fire way to liven up a subdued room is to splash color on the walls. Go for the gusto by painting every wall in a room or take a more subtle approach by creating an accent wall in Kelly green or mint. Adding color to an accent wall is also another way to designate color to a specific area in your home.

 House to Home UK

So are you ready to take the plunge and be color confident this spring?

Happy Coloring!

Danielle A. Gray is an interior designer and blogger at Gray Livin’.



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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Gray Livin Says:

    Thank you, Erika. I’m obsessed with all the spring colors this season and really enjoyed writing this post. I hope your readers will find inspiration in them too! :)


  2. Miya @ Design Indulgences Says:

    Love the first pic. Such vibrancy in only a few pieces but it’s enough to transform the space. Perfect for people on a budget. Great tips.


  3. COCOCOZY Says:

    I could not agree more, the addition of fun and bright colors can change the tone of any room. Especially when using two soft complementary colors, like the reddish pink and green blue in the painting in the second picture. Summer inspiration!!

    XOXO Coco



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