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5 ways to Balance Bold Colours

By 12/16/2010January 23rd, 201730 Comments
Interior Design by Eileen Kathryn Boyd via Lonny Magazine

These tips come to you from Eileen Kathryn Boyd inside Lonny Magazine. I am a huge fan of Eileen’s work and loved her colour tips on balancing bold colours. And if you look at the photos I’m showing and the rest in the magazine, you’ll see what she’s talking about!

1. “Pick one color that resonates with you and weave it through your home in artwork, accessories, fabrics and paint colors.”
2. “If you make a statement with a bold wall color, use that color again in smaller doses with accessories.  Visually ease the color impact by layering artwork on the walls.”
3. “Create your own personal color story by finding a color you respond to and look good in.  Everyone should look good in their own home.”
4. “Pillowscapes are a great way to show off color without making a large investment”
5. “Use colorful wallpaper to line the back of bookcases and breakfronts.” And if you don’t know what a breakfront is (never heard of it 🙂 click here to read the definition.

Interior Design by Eileen Kathryn Boyd via Lonny Magazine

I was quite fascinated to see that the common ‘bold’ colour that Eileen uses throughout her home is Pink!  Or Raspberry.  Or Pantone’s Colour of 2011.  Pretty interesting don’t you think?
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  • I love every single word of this post I always think that flow from one space to the next is what makes a home feel comfortable, just as she is talking about with balancing color and layering. I love the wallpaper on the back of the secretary — much like what I did for Christmas in mine ! 🙂 (Nice to be validated by someone so fab!) Check it out if you get a chance — it is part of how I carried red throughout the house this season.

  • Cristin @ Simplified Bee says:

    Loved this issue of LONNY and this article in particular. Isn't her home amazing? The breakfast table is fabulous.


  • Naturally Carol says:

    I liked the touch of navy introduced on that pillow in the first pic, a little extra sophistication. The tree picture was lovely too with the acid green to balance the pink {which I find too sweet!…bubblegum!} The last photo is pretty but my nightmare lodges there…lattice patterns and pink and big bold lillies and primary emerald green…spells the '80s. Must I be resigned to revisit that era??? {sigh 🙁 } I know I have to restrain my distain for that colour…I won't complain again about it in your comments section…ok!

  • pve design says:

    yes, one pop of a fresh color – would be a nice accessory for my home….I think I would love some orange or maybe even a pop of pink!
    looks good with white.

  • Greet says:

    I am agree! We should use the bold color in accessories too! Good you remind us of that!

  • Annie@A View On Design says:

    I love the pop of colour, not too much, but that's the balance part right!! lol

  • Kellie Collis says:

    Lovely tips! And that Christmas tree is just gorgeous with pink! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

  • Peggy and Fritz says:

    Ok I'm an all white girl and I would take ALL of these rooms. The soft nature of 1 is closest to my style but I'd be happy in all those rooms and just swooning in the last one. That table / color / art….oooh! I haven't been able to read all the mags yets but cannot wait.

  • Luciane From says:

    Oh, so important to have balance in our houses! That's what make a house feels comfortable to the eyes. It feels "organized… not just a mess.

    Great post, maria.

    BTW, if you can, please take a look at my post today. It's about bedrooms and sitting areas. I hope you take a look and let me know what you think.


    Luciane at

  • Sherri Cassara says:

    Great post. Funny that the first thing I noticed too was that her accent color was the pink – I am seeing that color everywhere now and am amazed how much is actually out there. If you want to smile check out the hot pink trees I saw yesterday: Too funny! Wish they had named the pink 'raspberry' or something easier to identify – not sure about the name honeysuckle – that doesn't read pink to me. 😉

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    I want, must have now. Her bedroom. the headboard, the blue curtains, the whole room is exactly what I would pick out if it was mine. Just F.Y.I. ,you've completely converted me to raspberry.

  • Belinda says:

    I ADORE these rooms! That third picture with those purple lamps, Oh my goodness! Love! I'm a purple lover and she used it in that bedroom so well and that tree, those big purple balls, gorgeous! Love the way she mixed all these colors so perfectly. I'm not a huge fan of pink but it looks quite nice in these rooms. That table! That picture! That wallpaper! And I don't even like wallpaper. lol Everything in that last picture needs to be in my kitchen, I have a wall just like that where my table is and can't seem to find anything that looks like I want it to on that wall. The settee would be perfect! But with 3 kids it would need to be made with plastic. hahah There might be something out there that would still look as good but kid friendly. Ahh the joys of parenthood!

  • Design Elements says:

    excellent tips! thanks for sharing, Maria.

  • Belinda says:

    Clicked on her website and she did a PURPLE tablescape for the holidays! WOW Drooling!

  • angie says:

    What a fab post and I am feeling very proud of myself, Maria! I have somehow instinctively followed your fab tips with the bright colours in our home and that must be why it works 🙂


  • Kate at Dream To Life says:

    What a great post! Simply gorgeous pictures! I can't wait to start adding color to my house!


  • Christina Rodriguez | The Diva's Home says:

    If you do pick one bold color and weave it through your home, be prepared to receive gifts that are this color every Christmas and birthday! My sister has purple in every room of her home and if she gets a gift from family it is usually in purple!

  • VictoriaArt says:

    Maria, great ideas! Beautiful examples too! Love the pick one color and weave it in idea! Great way to pass on to clients! And is a great magazine!
    PS: Why don't you join me for my first give away?
    Hope to see you!
    And I hope you are enjoying the holidays!


  • jvw home says:

    Thanks for the very sweet holiday card today Maria!
    Adore your blog & happy holidays to you too!!…..
    all the best,

  • thenestinggame says:

    We just did a similar treatment in our dining room. I love the pop of pink with the gray walls.

    Ms. Boyd's draperies are to die for, too…

  • Susan says:

    That is one very pretty house and she is a major talent. I love all the rooms.

  • Velvet and Linen says:

    Great tips, Maria.
    I'm hoping to carve out some time over the holidays to read the new Lonny. It looks fantastic!


  • mydesignchic says:

    Wonderful images…love the breakfast room – so charming and fresh!!

  • pretty pink tulips says:

    Love all of these images!!! I have to admit, I love pink. In the spring you'll find it outside my home in mass…and indoors you'll find it in my living room….but otherwise, it's not really prevalent. But, it seems to be tied to my identiry. So, I was surprise, tickled and delighted that 2011 will be a pink year!

  • Ivy Lane says:

    i love the current issue of Lonny… this was a great feature for sure. I am working on my master bedroom…walls are the main bold colour… the tips here in your post will definitely be of help!

  • Ideezine says:


    Photos are so important when you're working with a client whose deciding to take a big step into their future room. Without a helpful visual you can't ease color fears.

    Love all of these snaps and I too love Eileen's work.


  • Green Design says:

    The last image is so beautiful! The design is simple an pleasing to the eye.

  • designsimplyworks says:

    As I was reading I was thinking.."I'm going to ask Maria if she thinks this is red enough for Pantone's Honeysuckle?" and then you answered it for me in the end!
    I'm with Belinda on the purple lamps, I spotted those right away! Love them!

  • MunsellColor says:

    What a fabulous article. All of the photos are great representations of how color can play off a space/other color combinations…We were particularly taken by the bright pink on the Christmas tree, and we're completely enamored by the way that the green in the portrait in the final photo picks up on the green on the wall. Brilliant!

  • Donaville says:

    such a great read and inspirational photos to boot (i especially love the christmas tree – the ribbon is FAB!).

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