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How To Choose Colors To Match Your Bold Wallpaper

Your walls of your home are the most valuable real estate for decoration and design. They cover the most area and your eyes are instantly drawn to them, so it’s only natural to use colors and patterns that create a statement instantly! Wallpaper has the rich quality of bringing out bold patterns, colors, and even texture in ways that paint cannot do easily. While you may be excited to try out a new bold wall covering you may be apprehensive in choosing colors of furniture and accessories to go with it. While it may seem hard, take a look at these tips to help the process be that much easier to love your new bold wallpaper.

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How to choose colors to match your bold wallpaper

High contrast with a pop of color:

 If your design style is for an instant ‘wow’ factor when guests enter the room, opt for high contrast color to your wallpaper color.  Take paint samples or even fabric swatches and find colors that contrast with brightness or with powerful saturation to create a space that is electrifying and speaks to your eclectic design style. A good way to match colors is to use a color wheel, which shows the entire color spectrum. Colors that are across from each other will contrast well, while colors that are close on the wheel will compliment each other.  If you are in doubt – visit a home improvement, or craft store and look for swatches and samples of complimenting colors.

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Use high contrasting colors in furniture

Subtle color with bold patterns that inspire:

While you may love bold patterns you may not enjoy the high contrast design style of bright colors. Don’t worry; lighter colors with a mixture of bold patters that use more subtle bold patterns are still beautiful. Take a look at this bathroom that uses floral branches and a light blue to produce a light and airy feeling throughout the bathroom. Paired up with a high-end finish such as marble creates a room that isn’t too overbearing and instead is comforting and calm. Don’t get turned away by the use of bold wallpapers, choose a color from the paper and then mimic it in surrounding materials, finishes and decorative accents.

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Bold wallpaper can pair up with light colors too
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Create a space that uses colors beautifully

Use colorful wallpaper as a backdrop and not the main scene:

 Many homeowners think that wallpaper and color should have to take center stage in their interiors. On the contrary bold wallpaper looks beautiful behind large pieces of furniture, or on the upper portion of a wainscoting wall. Often times, less is more and choosing color from surrounding furniture will help tone done the overpowering nature of your wallpaper. Take a look at this bookshelf that uses wallpaper to line the back of the cabinet. This technique helps you bring visual interest to your cabinet, while weaving in subtle color without overtaking the eye. Remember; choose colors that feel good to you and most likely the colors will work beautifully with your wallpaper!

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Use bold wallpaper as a backdrop and draw color from display decor

While you may have thought that choosing colors to match your bold wallpaper was difficult these few tips should inspire you to go and create your own magic in your interiors. Before you tell yourself “no that just won’t work” – get creative and decide if you want subtle or dynamic. Whichever you choose, get going, your beautiful walls are waiting on you!

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on November 1, 2012

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