Bold walls create instant wow factor, yet many of us are afraid to commit to a strong paint color. Designer Nick Olsen wants to help you take the plunge. “It’s just paint. It can always be painted over, so go for it,” he says. Follow his tips and you’ll have a room that feels exciting and inviting.
you’re ready to turn up the volume but first you need a plan. “Pick a starting point, like a multicolor rug or piece of art,” says New York designer Nick Olsen. Be brave and commit to painting the boldest hue from that item on the walls. For maximum impact, Nick favors using the clearest, most saturated version of the color. “Even if it’s not a bright color, the ones with less gray mixed in are strongest,” he says. Next, layer in furnishings in different colors from your inspiration piece. They don’t need to match exactly as long as they are in the same family. Mixing brighter and softer hues will create depth. Last, surround all that color with an ample amount of neutrals like earth tones or black and white to give the eye a rest.
NEED BOLD BREATHING WALLSROOM. HERENICK OLSEN USEDNEUTRAL BLACKAND WHITE TO TAMEROYAL BLUE. WALLMARCH WIND25-12 PRATT & LAMBERT
CHAIR Chateau in Amethyst, $312 with code wisteria20; wisteria.com FLOW Carry a commoncolor thread through adjoiningrooms. Here mint green and yellow repeat. LAMP Jade Green glass base, $60; White cotton linen shade, $20; worldmarket.com BALANCE A room feels cohesive when different valuesare at play. Here a dark burgundy sofatempers the bright blue wall; small doses of vibrant citrineadd contrast.