Step Inside Colorful Spaces Around The World!
Take a trip around the color wheel and see how different countries embrace a rainbow of hues. From the bright bursts of color in Parisian apartments to Scandinavia’s toned-down approach, these inspiring spaces will make you want to create your own color moment at home, too.
English style tends to favor a riot of color and pattern, and Brit design darling Ben Pentreath’s signature look is no exception. Pretty but with a gutsy, witty edge, this style definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Botanical wallpaper by Borastapeter Rabarber makes this small bedroom in a tiny North London flat feel like a jewel box.
Canadian designer and H&H style director Emma Reddington painted her bathroom walls in Benjamin Moore’s Backwoods (CC-630) during a recent makeover. The saturated, on-trend green complements the natural-toned shower curtain and brass fixtures.
Tiffany Pratt is one of Canada’s style authorities when it comes to color. Her Toronto home is bright, cheerful and a true representation of her vibrant personality.
Canadian interior designer Vanessa Francis recently renovated her basement to feature a sophisticated blush and black color palette warmed up by a butcherblock counter and brass pulls.
Australian designer Karen Akers lives in a tiny home in McMahons Point, Sydney, but that didn’t make her shy away from color. Instead, she embraced a range of brightly patterned fabrics to create a space that’s all her own.
In Karen’s bedroom, a funky zebra-print headboard and blue-patterned bedding ties in nicely with the sage green walls.
Courtney Bell, owner of Australian kids’ decor brand Belle & Co. Living, shares this unique home office/playroom with her daughter Macey. A palette of pink, blue and grey creates a modern, feminine space for all ages. Standout color elements include the removable, marble-look blush wallpaper and deep blue velvet settee.
The great room of this renovated home outside Geelong, Victoria, Australia, features a sloped ceiling painted a sunny yellow. With its wooden accents and crisp white walls, the space is contemporary and inviting.
Farrow & Ball wallpaper in shades of blue brings pretty color to this powder room by California-based stylist and blogger Emily Henderson.
Emily designed blogger Bri Emery’s living room with major pops of color. Punctuated by teals, pinks and graphic black-and-white fabrics on the upholstered pieces, the modern space is energetic yet livable.
Blogger Oh Joy’s Hollywood studio space, also designed by Emily Henderson, doesn’t shy away from color, either. Emily took creative director Joy Cho’s love of color and pattern and layered it into a bright, cohesive workspace (Joy calls the look “grown-up Candyland”). This lounge area near the studio’s entrance features upholstered furniture in vibrant jewel tones, a multicolored rug and playful artwork.
Will Taylor of popular blog Bright.Bazaar transformed his beach house’s dark and dingy guest bathroom into an airy room packed with color. The teal tile and lemon wallpaper bring a happy, whimsical vibe.
We’re green with envy over Justina Blakeney’s boho kitchen! The bright green Moroccan tile backsplash is the star of this room, complemented by a bevy of houseplants shown off on rustic wooden shelving.
Montreal architect and designer Garrow Kedigian is known for his bold use of color, and works on projects all over the world. He decorated this Arts and Crafts–style house in Pound Ridge, New York, with neoclassical accents, saturated hues and mid-century modern art and furniture.
This whitewashed bedroom in Greece is incredibly serene. Small moments of color by way of pastel throws and floral-printed pillows add dimension.
When we think of Scandi-style, often we think of cozy, monochromatic spaces, but there are plenty of Northern European homes that are bursting with color, like this pastel-hued Oslo, Norway, apartment.
The Home by Ferm Living in Copenhagen, Denmark, is layered in color. A rose hue on the sofa, rug and vase are elegant and sophisticated in the living room, while a good measure of white and black provide balance.
The rose tones continue in the dining room; used on the wainscotting, the color highlights the architectural features of the space.
In African interiors, a warm, earthy color scheme comes from decorating with wooden bowls and furniture, woven baskets and natural textiles.
Black, white, cream and deep browns are a timeless color palette in African decorating. Graphic throw pillows bring contrast and energy to this public space.
The oranges, creamy yellows, off-whites and browns in this African-inspired living room are grounded by a black-painted wall and accented by gold touches throughout.
This Mumbai living room is rife with color. From the vibrant marigold throw to the multicolored throw pillows to the teal sectional to the graphic rug, this cheery contemporary space has a coastal vibe that sings.
Chartreuse, eggplant and patterned throw pillows accent a saturated yellow sofa upholstered in velvet. Modern lighting, ornate molding details and raw chevron floors complete a look that is quintessentially French.
In this French apartment, alternating pink and coral walls make a bold color statement. The effect is strengthened with similar tones appearing on the artwork, lighting fixture, rug and velvet-upholstered furniture.
This dreamy Caribbean beach house’s mint green doors blench in with the lush surrounding gardens and blue ocean beyond.