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Publication Date: 2015-06-09

Inspiration

8 Times A Pop Of Color Was Completely Necessary

While the term "pop of color" is on our list of decorating terms we've grown weary of, the concept has never been more appealing. It is, after all, a tried-and-true way to highlight architectural details and lend personality to an otherwise neutral space.

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Photography: Simon Upton

1. A Singular Statement. An already sophisticated seating arrangement reaches a new level of glamour with the addition of a bergère, upholstered in royal blue glazed-linen.

Photography: William Waldron

2. Custom Cabinets. The best part of using a bold color might just be making the mundane feel special. At the Amagansett, New York home of chef Bobby Flay, a coat of Benjamin Moore's Majestic Blue paint make the otherwise monochromatic kitchen infinitely more interesting.

Photography: Grey Crawford

3. Fine Art. Hanging a piece of art you love is a low-commitment way to add color to a bright, white space. In this pristine kitchen from Jeff Andrews, the Kelly green in the painting is the first place your eyes rest.

Photography: Simon Upton

4. Into the Blue. The master bedroom of this Paris apartment are light and airy with plenty of windows and doors, allowing designers Laurent Champeau and Kelli Wilde to get away with an oversized, deep blue art piece.

5. Sunny Surroundings. Color outside of the lines and outside of your home's four walls, as did the designer of this modern outdoor space.

Photography: Melissa Quintel for Libby Kirwin Real Estate

6. Strike Gold. Large horizontal stripes give a room by Digs Design a more spacious feel. Gold metallic paint also act as a good lead-in to bigger-impact hues.

Photography: Simon Upton

7. Subtle Drama. While stairs tend be more of a utilitarian element of a home, they're an amply appropriate place to show off color, too. Just off the living room of this Italian palazzo, designer Achille Salvagni lined the staircase treads with a runner of silk.

Photography: Melissa Quintel for Libby Kirwin Real Estate

8. Minty Fresh. There aren't any rules that say window frames must be left standard white. Adding paint, like the mint green designers from Libby Kirwin Renovation+Design Consulting chose here, highlight the shape and size of a bay window.

-Caylin Harris

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