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25 Bright and Colorful Room Ideas

When splashed on walls, accented through accessories, or used to cover furnishings, vibrant hues have a way of infusing a space with cheerful energy, invigorating the senses, and prompting creativity with just one look.
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For Architectural Digest, by Jennifer Fernandez.

Tony Duquette had it right: More is definitely more. While most modern-day design lovers shy away from using saturated swaths of color at home, opting instead for the Scandinavian neutrals that have become so of-the-moment, there's something to be said for making a bold statement, whether your tastes skew toward the minimalist or you consider yourself more of a traditionalist. When splashed on walls, accented through accessories, or used to cover furnishings, vibrant hues have a way of infusing a space with cheerful energy, invigorating the senses, and prompting creativity with just one look. To prove our point, we took to the AD archives and came up with a collection of inspiring living rooms, bedrooms, libraries, and more that will have you seeing red, blue, green--every color of the rainbow.

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Photo: Ken Hayden

Interior designer Todd Black conceived the bone-inlay desk and chair in the living area of the Key West, Florida, home shared by model, actress, and writer Veronica Webb and her husband, George Robb, and family. The dome ceiling was produced in Morocco.

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Photo: Pieter Estersohn

The studio doubles as guest quarters in the upstate New York home of photographer Pieter Estersohn thanks to a tester bed hung with Turkish and French textiles.

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Photo: Roger Davies

The São Paulo living room of architect and interior designer Sig Bergamin and his partner, architect Murilo Lomas, is a cocktail of colors and cultures. Fringed sofas clad in a Rubelli velvet are laden with vibrant pillows, and shelves showcase Murano-glass vessels; a Vik Muniz painting is displayed against the mirrored fireplace wall.

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Photo: William Waldron

Thomas Ruff's photograph Substrat 24 I dominates the living room of designer Jamie Drake's Manhattan apartment. Arranged around a marble-and-granite table are a Milo Baughman lounge chair in a Christopher Hyland mohair, a sofa in a Schumacher fabric, and a pair of club chairs and a Bright Group ottoman that are covered in Rubelli velvets.

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Photo: Thomas Loof

In the living room of a family's Houston home, renovated by Eubanks Group Architects and decorated by Miles Redd, an Agustin Hurtado painting is displayed above a custom-made sofa clad in a Ralph Lauren Home fabric. The 1940s French mosquito sculpture mounted on the ceiling was acquired at Christie's, and an Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa satin covers the walls.

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Photo: Thomas Loof

An Eric Peters painting surveys the entrance hall, where a Stephen Antonson light fixture hangs above a John Rosselli & Assoc. bench.

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Photo: Björn Wallander

In designer Muriel Brandolini's Hamptons home, a 1955 Stilnovo chandelier from Galerie Kreo is suspended above the dining room's Martin Szekely table and midcentury Børge Mogensen chairs; the painting is by Thomas Trosch, the vitrines are circa-1960 FontanaArte designs, and the curtains were custom made in India.

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