Working With Bold Wall Colors

Written by Kelly on November 14th, 2011

Ben Moore Marine Blue

Do you ever wonder how a designer transforms the walls in the room into the star of the room? How do they design the room around a bold wall color and make it look so gorgeous?

flickr  Ben Moore Starry Night Blue

Look at the furnishings in the photos above and below:

The common thread is that when you are using a dark, bold wall color, all the other furnishings in the room must be a basic neutral and ‘blend’ together with the wall color so that it does not take attention away from the walls.


Notice that when using a bold wall color, the sofa, the bed, the rug and even the accessories are neutral so that it does not take the focus off of the wall.

The neutrals that seem to work best to are white, tan, black and brown.

So remember: If you want to use a dramatic, dark wall color, and make it the star of the room, it is best to use neutrals for your fabrics, furniture, rug and artwork.

Now, do you think you can add another color in the mix for a ‘pop’ in the room when using a bold wall color:?

Love the bunny print! Love the yellow bench!

I think it works, but in very small doses. For example, in the photo above, if you start to sprinkle more of the raspberry color like the flowers around in the room, you start taking the focus off of the walls and instead making the accessories the star of the room.

So now do you feel more confident in using a darker wall color now that you know this little designer secret? Hope this post helps you to understand another color concept.

I want to thank all of my readers for writing to me and telling me that you have learned so much about color and decorating from reading my blog.  Really makes it all worth while for me.  Thank you. xo

If you need helping choosing paint colors for your home, contact me today!

All photos taken from unless otherwise noted.


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10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Karen says:

    Thanks Kelly! I’ve searched a few of those already, but will look into the rest! :-D

  2. Kelly says:

    Hi Karen,

    A couple of my go-to online sites for shower curtains are Crate & Barrel, Etsy, Overstock, Pier 1 and Pottery Barn. Hope this helps!

  3. Karen says:

    I have a bold blue bathroom which now has blue/brown shower curtain (which matches perfectly). Unfortunately the colors ran on the shower curtain and I cannot find another to replace it. Do you have any special website that you use to find shower curtains? I’ve searched online, in every store, etc. Thanks for any guidance!! :-D

  4. Bobbi Ann says:

    Thanks for all your trouble! I will check out Etsy for sure. Thanks again. Keep up the inspiration!

  5. Kelly says:

    Hi Bobbi Ann,

    I just went through many pages at Houzz, Décor Pad, Pinterest and Etsy. No luck finding the original. Back then I did not put the source of the pictures- so sorry now. Looking at the photo, it does look handmade.

    I did come across some bunny templates on Pinterest if you want to look. Etsy had quite a few really cute bunny prints and since they are handmade I am sure you could have a custom picture made for you.

    Sorry I could not be of more help. Let me know how you make out!


  6. Bobbi Ann says:

    Thanks Kelly I appreciate your time.

  7. Kelly says:

    Not sure Bobbi Ann. I will check into for you.

  8. Bobbi Ann says:

    Is there any information on where I could find the bunny print? Thanks kindly.

  9. Kelly says:

    Thanks Karen!

  10. Karen says:

    I love these!!!

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