Today I wanted to look at three different ways to add colour to living rooms because I’ve seen so many fantastic spaces packed with colour. The first scheme, Candy Colour, is the ultimate fun loving space and is easy to achieve with a statement armchair and vibrant textiles. The red thread that ties all the elements together? The stripe pattern across each element of the space. I love it! The second idea, Pastel Pretty, is the perfect scheme for those who like their colours to play a central role in their schemes, just in a more subdued manner. This look is achieved by layering in sorbet-like hues upon a calm and neutral palette. My top tip is to stick to one key hue, then mix in shades from within the same colour family; complete the space with no more than two accent colours to prevent the look from feeling too ‘busy’. The final scheme, Painterly, is a fine example of how to use colour to create a striking statement without loosing femininity. This is because soft brush strokes of colour, as opposed to the harder lines like those in the Candy Stripe scheme, bring a delicate feel to the space that suits the blue and violet colour palette. Which look gets your vote, friends?
// 1. & 2. Country Homes & Interiors; photography by Jeremy Baile and Jon Day | 3. House to Home; photography by Dominic Blackmore


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. oh Mr. Will I can't decide! Torn between pastel and painterly … I love elements from both styles! Our home will probably end up more a mix of both as I'm more leaning toward the soft pastel colorway, while Chris is drawn to bold, vibrant hues.

    Truly inspirational I would say! Great Job!

  2. These are all so beautiful, and I can't pick a favourite between Candy Colour and Pastel Pretty! I used to be all about subdued colour, but with a little one running around these days, I'm more inclined to add some fun, bright colours to our home! Thanks for great inspiration, as always! 🙂

  3. Hi Will, I think I'm partial to the 2nd look, even though the pow wow painting in the 3rd picture sure made me look again.
    Saw the pics from Anthro yesterday – would have loved to be there, looked like so much fun, and so many familiar faces 🙂
    Happy Wednesday

  4. Oh yes I am loving the painterly option. Good advice.. pick one hue and mix in shades from the same color family… good call. I need some color in my living room…. hmmmm feeling inspired! Thanks!

  5. Got to be 2 for me ….. though, the colourful picture is stunning

    Dee at the Carlton

  6. It has to be 3 for me, Bright and bold, unlike me (dense and in need of a haircut)

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Hey, I'm Will

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.