These three living rooms are fine examples of how to use bold hues in the living room. Each scheme may look different, but at heart they have embraced the same philosophy: Be brave and bold with colour. From the cosy country look of Terrific Teal to the masculine feel given by the Slate Grey scheme, each space tells a tale of the owner’s aesthetic and personality. And it’s all thanks to their confident use of colour. I’m a fan of all three, but something about those teal hues calls out to me. Which space is for you?

Red | 1. Loupe Images; Photography, Polly Wreford | 2. IPC Syndication; Livingetc; Photography, Paul Massey | 3. Gap Interiors/Mel Yates; Designer, Abigail Ahern

Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. adore the last one! i love how the dark grey walls are moody…but then the room is instantly lifted by the pops of pink and the whimsical accessories.

    thanks for the inspiration today!

  2. I was just trying to convince my boyfriend into painting our new living room that peacock blue color from the first room… no such luck yet. 🙁 He's convinces turquoise and red don't look good together! WTF?? I know…. anyway will thanks, as always for the inspiration…. I devoured your pinterest boards this weekend steeling inspiration for the new place. Thanks much and happy V. day!!

  3. I am so drawn to the first images and the last one is nice, but I need lots of color, as grey can make me sad! I must say I really appreciate that you always take the time to credit where the images are from. As I travel the blogworld and come across images that I like and want to share, they are not always labeled and then I feel bad for reposting not knowing who to credit. I really think it is so important to give credit, where credit is due. xx Danielle

    • I have dark gray walls in my living room, kitchen, dining room and office. The secret is to use lots of colorful artwork and accessories. I have been told numerous times my home is so colorful….even though all the walls are gray. I find gray soothing. There are many colors such as purple and red that I love but except in limited doses I would get sick of them.

  4. I so want to live in that second room! Equal parts chic and bohemian 🙂 Feeling much much better! Happy Valentine's, Will!

  5. I looove the second one!! The coloured details on the third are great!! Grey + pink + turquoise, I love it!


  6. I'll take the second one. The wall of windows would make any color look great! (even beige)
    Happy Valentine's Day,

  7. I am in love with teal at the moment so number one is my pick, too! Jane @ the girl in the brick house.

  8. That teal colour is gorgeous and so bold and modern. I also love the dark grey, the pops of colour keep it from looking too dark – it goes so well with the bright pink and i love the flooring!
    Rachie xo

  9. oooh conicidence…I've just been on 'odd and old' and here I find myself commenting below Linda's comment (i'm not following you honest!!). LOVE all these rooms – and I must say, I'm gravitating towards the dark grey – just because any other colour just has so much more impact. I'm seeing it everywhere at the moment.

  10. SLATE GREY drool! I just can't convince my heartmate to let me paint the bedroom wall so I have this idea of using rolls of paper to cover it. Hmm…

  11. Mmmmm these are lovely, Mr Bazaar!

    I too think there's something very alluring about that teal and tan room with the roaring fire.

    My favourite is Abigail Ahern's design – she is a genius with her inky greys and eclecticism.

    ~Meera @ firstsense

  12. Gosh, that blue is so daring, but so beautiful! I love all three rooms. The design is wonderful, and they look so cozy and welcoming. Very nice : )

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.