“It’s a muted, cerulean color and because it has a lot of gray in it, that takes down the intensity,” she says, suggesting to always go with a muted version of a bright color. “When you look at paint swatches, it’s hard to
understand the intensity of a hue until it’s on your wall.”
Still, small spaces can be ripe for huge color explosions. The wallpaper in the powder room features oversized, black-and-white graphic peony-like flowers to make the compact room feel spacious.
“It’s strong and powerful,” says Palmieri.
Whites, beiges and grays still have a place in your home. Here’s why.
If you put your home up for sale tomorrow and you had to repaint the kitchen, would you steer toward a soft gray or a punchy lime? Forget whether you actually like tart green colors — clean, classic neutrals sell. “Neutrals serve as the basis for any color scheme,” says Palmieri.
You can layer textured tiles, woven wallpapers and wooden treatments with these low-key colors together in an artful way. “You can’t just have a room full of color without the neutrals because neutrals are your canvas,” she says.
It’s easier to switch out burnt orange accent pillows than rip cerulean tile off a wall and start over. By choosing neutral colors for surface areas such as walls and flooring, you can amp up your colorful furniture and accessories. “With neutrals as a foundation, you can bring in color without being so committed to it,” says Palmieri.