Within the design world, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that color can make or break a space. Color, after all, determines the whole mood and aesthetic of an interior – so it’s important to get it right.
The question is though, how do you choose? Do you opt for your absolute favorite hue? But tastes can change! So perhaps it’s better to go for a colorless neutral shade? But that’s so boring. Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong here, which isn’t helpful – I know. But you know what might be of some assistance? The advice of the professionals. Ahead, designers reveal their favorite color to decorate with. Spoiler: it’s hard to pick one!
Studio: House of Sylphina
“Paint is a fantastic way to incorporate color into a home. I like using deep blues and greens for a bit of drama, and paler pinks and minty greens for a fresher look.”
What are your top tips for incorporating color into home decor?
“My top tip would be to paint the ceiling out the same color as the walls for a more seamless look. Also look at other creative fields for unique color combinations, and introduce them to your interior scheme through furniture, artwork and soft furnishings. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to experiment – be brave and bold!”
Studio: Sergio Mannino Studio
“We don’t have a favorite color because colors reflect the brand’s value and are very powerful design elements. Each color is connected to a specific emotion and triggers different feelings in the viewer: red is the color of passion, blue represents trust and is also calming, green symbolizes nature and is very reassuring.”
Are there any colors you tend to avoid?
“In [the] case of home decor, things are a lot more open because each one of us has different preferences. In general, we try to avoid using primary colors, and if we do, they are never all three together as their combination reduces their strength. We like using pastel colors (such as light pinks, light greens, peach, or off whites) combined with more saturated ones, but there are times when a dark, intense and deeper tone is needed.”
Studio: XS Studio for Compact Design
“Pink is our favorite color for adding some SASS. Pink can be subtle, cozy and earthy, but can also show boldness, creativity and draw a lot of attention. It gives a great contrast to either dark or bright colors and can be very profound by emphasizing geometry in a certain space. We like to use pink because everybody talks about the pink elephant in the room.”
“Our favorite color is the one that fits best with each project and the persons that are going to be part of the project. It needs to attract and seduce each of the customers’ lifestyles they are trying to attract.”
Do you have any advice when it comes to choosing a color for home decor?
“Try to find colors that fit best with your personality and not just colors that are popular at that moment. If you feel happy with them, others don’t need to like it. It is you that is going to live in your home.”
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Studio: Egue Y Seta
“We are usually inclined to lay out most of the home “hardware” (walls, flooring and ceilings) in neutrals (white, black, gray, tan, taupe, earthy, etc.) as they will most probably withstand better. This doesn’t mean we dislike color. We actually love it, and are therefore happy to let it splash over the “permanent” elements of the space whenever bold clients allow us to go for it. We usually do this through “statement color walls”, with color tiling or color grouting and murals.”
What are some other easy ways to incorporate color into the home?
“Through color furniture, curtains or upholstery, or even through stained glass partitions and colored lamps. Also, green is always “there” in our designs in the shape of indoor gardens, patios or statement plants. Greenery is fresh, outdoorsy, expansive and timeless.”
Now that we’ve heard from the professionals, what’s your favorite color? Let us know in the comments below!
For more color inspiration, check out our ‘Color Series’. From Purple Rose to Greenery and Pastel Blue, you’re sure to find a color to fall in love with! For the daring among you, also see our round up of unexpected color pairings for a truly stylish play on color.