Electrifying colours, such as turquoise and lime green, don't have to overwhelm a living space. When decorators use colours appropriately, they can add a dollop or tidal wave of colour to a room. One of the keys to using a saturated colour palette is to pick a theme for the room, then use the colour strategically. A bright accent wall can help a Miami-inspired room to be light and airy, while colourful appliances can help conjure a retro feeling in everyday decor
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Adding a bright colour to the walls is an easy way to spruce up a room. Application can be tricky, though, as colours like lime green and turquoise can overwhelm a space. One way to balance strong colours is to pair them with white ceiling mouldings. A modern, dark wood crown moulding can help to finish lime green walls, giving the saturated colour an Asian flair. You can accent turquoise walls with white moulding and wall shelving, for a more Miami vibe. Those who seek a more subtle introduction of wall colour can choose to paint only one accent wall. This wall would be the focal point of the room, so it should be accessorised with equally strong furnishings, such as wall-mounted shelving showcasing collectibles or a vintage recently restored heirloom.
Coloured lighting can brighten or embellish a small space. Of course, many modern and traditional ways integrate coloured lighting into a room. Decorators can use turquoise LED spot lighting to under-counter kitchen and dining areas. If the decorator wants the lighting to be more obtrusive, glass pendant fixtures make turquoise lighting a focal point while maintaining a clean, modern appearance. To evoke a contemporary, yet romantic style, use lime green ceramic chandeliers to add drama to a dining room or bedroom---sans the stuffiness. Modern chandelier designs can be simpler versions of the traditional ornate glass chandeliers. But if a designer desires dramatic lighting, he can install a handblown chandelier. Italian glass chandeliers can add sophistication to a room, and the lime green colour will give it a bit of zest.
Whether it is flat and shiny, or textured and weathered, bright-coloured tile can spruce up a back splash or mosaic application. In the kitchen, a lime green back splash (the space between the cabinets and counters) can be both modern and inviting. Glass tiling in a strong green colour can give the kitchen a fresh look---especially if accentuated with white counter tops and orange decorative accessories. Or smaller glass tiles can also help a decorator achieve a Moroccan-inspired room. Integrating turquoise glass tiles with tan, sepia and rust-coloured stone tiling can help put a North African spin on patio or bathroom tiling.
Bright food-friendly colours, like a crisp green or turquoise, work well with kitchen appliances. If a decorator wants add a retro story-line to his kitchen decor, he can pair a lime green stove and refrigerator with a red and white breakfast nook. It all might seem a bit bright, but enough white table tops, cabinetry or counter tops can help balance out the sprightly colour story. Incidentally, retro appliances are easier to find in bright colours like green and turquoise. But if bright appliances are too daunting, a light shade of turquoise can create a more delicate kitchen colour palette. Robin's egg- coloured ceramics and counter top appliances can help to warm up stainless steel or rustic wood utility shelving. If the designer wants a country chic kitchen, applying the right amount of cool turquoise can help to brighten tan weathered crockery and glass jars filed with grains and dry goods.
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