6 Decorative Items to Add Bold Colors to Your Home

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Rug from UO (sold out); pillow from Bonjour Mon Coussin

I ran across this lovely little colorful scene on The Small Object over the weekend. And what can I say? A "cuckoo for bold colors" time bomb went off in my head. I love that rug. The bright colors against a room that is, in every other way, subdued. Makes my heart throb.

Must have splashes of vibrant colors in each room. NOW. Let's go shopping. For color.


If you find yourself suddenly smitten with rich color, like me, there are lots of ways to add a little to your home. A bright rug, a statement piece of furniture, lamps in an array of lovely primary colors, a few vibrant splashes on your bed, or a few schnazzy accessories. Here are some selections from a quick (pant, pant, pant) shop around.

My boys have been needing a rug in their room (our old lady cat who recently passed away had, well, ruined the last one), and I ran out and splurged on this STRIB Rug ($199) at IKEA. And yes, I blame Sarah at The Small Object. Bold color is now deep in my heart.

strib rug ikea colorfulThis is the rug I really wanted for their room -- the Vimal Rug (£100) at Habitat -- but it was too small. However, my heart still aches for these multi-coloured motifs. Maybe for the living room. *sigh*

vimal rug multicoloredThe color lust pumps far beyond the rug arena too (color, what have you done to me?). Hello, beautiful peacock blue Clara Chair ($899) from Crate & Barrel. I must find a way to make you mine. Go on sale already cause I feel the need, the need for your intense blue! In my office!

blue clara chair

Marry me, bright yellow Carpenter Lamp ($69.95) from CB2. Take me I am yours.

yellow carpenter lamp

Bedskirts are colortastic right now. Do we choose our obsessions or do they choose us? I'm feeling rather stalked by the Bella Hothouse Bedskirts at Anthropologie here (reg. $68-$128; sale $39.95-$79.95) and here (reg. $98; sale $49.95). Stop looking at me like that, pretty bedskirts!


And you, you sweet and cheery Summer Pennant Tea Towel ($18). Stop making me love you.

summer pennant tea towel

Do you have color obsession? How do you keep it under control?

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