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How to Add Bold Color Design to Your Home

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

Decorating your new Miller & Smith home can be a challenge, especially when you know you want to add something, like bold color, but aren’t sure how to execute it properly. These days home design is guided by awesome resources like Houzz, HGTV, Pinterest and design blogs that you can access with the click of a button. Today we are sharing our tips for adding bold color design to your home, with the help of photos from our model homes!

Take advantage of multicolored pieces: A multicolored focal point can tie an entire home together by uniting other accent pieces and adding new hues to the mix.

Photo: The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

One color different ways: If you want to incorporate orange into your color scheme, you can choose a throw blanket with a hint of orange, you can put oranges in a bowl, and you can also decide to add an orange accent pillow. The point is that there are small ways to incorporate one or two bold colors throughout a room. 

Photo: The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

Opt for a neutral backdrop: Bold colors will need some kind of complementary neutral in order to have that “wow” effect that homeowners often look for. Something as simple as placing bold pillows on a gray couch or hanging colorful curtains from a beige wall can make a huge difference.

Photo: The Sundancer at Millville by the Sea

Make color the focal point: If you have colorful walls, colorful floors, and colorful décor, your home will be in color overload! We recommend choosing one of these areas to focus on so that the color pops against the other elements of your home.

Photo: The Beachcomber at Millville by the Sea

Bring in soft elements: To contrast bright colors, bring softer and natural looking elements into a room, like wood, stone or natural fabrics. This will tone down bright colors for a more serene feeling space.

Photo: The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore
Photo: The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Use patterns: The next home trend is pattern on pattern, and we have already seen it in other design categories, such as fashion. Use decorative pillows that are all different patterns or utilize wall space with a variety of abstract prints. For the ultimate statement, make sure each piece has one color in common!

Photo: The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station
Photo: The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

Add color with unexpected pieces: Items as simple as fruit, books, or a plant can add a hint of color to any room! We love the idea of having colorful table settings in a dining room, which is a neat way to add a subtle touch of color.

Photo: The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore
Photo: The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Curious what the rest of these model homes look like? Get information on any of our new homes in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware by visiting or stop by to see us at any of our communities!