5 Insider Tips for Using a Bold Wall Color
Designer Taylor Jacobson had a bold vision for her client’s Los Angeles-area colonial style home. Inspired by saturated, high-gloss, jewel tone rooms, Jacobson saw the perfect opportunity to work this concept into her client’s home through a family room recently renovated by Alden John Cusick Design & Build. Utilizing smart design choices and clever décor tricks, the designer convinced her clients that their home would be enhanced by the daring look. Read on for Jacobson’s approachable tips for translating this high-style look into your own space.
“I don't think there's strictly one way to approach decorating a room with saturated walls,” notes Jacobson. “In this case, we balanced the blue with more neutral tones in the upholstery and rug.”
“I absolutely love warm wood and brown tones with blue,” says the designer. “We brought that color out with the bamboo roman shades, slab-top coffee table, leather chairs, and upholstered sofa.”
“The initial phase of the design process was to create a separation between the den and kitchen as it was originally one big open space,” says Jacobson. “The resulting wall we built was designed to incorporate floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.”
“We very consciously created a library of sorts and knew that painting the room a saturated color would enhance the cozy, den-like vibe,” notes the designer. These library-like walls of floor-to-ceiling shelves mute the intensity of the blue while adding interesting styling opportunities.
“Rich, saturated blue is definitely a theme throughout the entire house,” Jacobson tells us. “We used a deep blue lacquer finish on a custom bar off the dining room, and both the dining and powder rooms are wallpapered in patterns that incorporate this same shade.”
“The living room adjoining the den is anchored by a vintage Oushak-style rug with blues, reds, greens, and pinks, and we chose a navy fabric for the custom sofa to enable the rooms to visually connect,” says the designer. “Consciously or unconsciously, when you walk through the house you pick up on this theme and everything feels connected.”
“The salon-style picture wall helps neutralize the intensity of the blue,” Jacobson tells us. “Plus, art just pops off that color.”
A large piece of art or several small items grouped in an arrangement will cover large portions of the space, minimizing the overall impact of large swaths of a deep color.
“Orange is a famous complement to blue, so we incorporated that through the sofa’s toss pillows as well as a single vintage Knoll chair upholstered in orange fabric that’s a great little accent piece in the room,” says the designer.
Utilize accessories, textiles, and artwork in colors that complement your chosen saturated hue to create visual balance and inherent warmth.