- New York interior designer Tara McCauley upgraded her apartment by underscoring pale aqua walls with teal-blue baseboards.
- To unify architectural elements and to bring continuity and calm to a study, interior designer Nicole Salvesen, of London's Salvesen Graham, carried a bubbly blue across a fireplace mantel, wainscoting, built-in shelves and windows.
- Instead of using semi-gloss, which is the standard finish for painted architectural woodwork, interior designer Marc Goldberg, founder of firm Interiors Matter, used lustrous jet-black pigment against snowy matte walls in his New Jersey house. "High gloss adds drama," he says, "and it's that glossy, lacquered finish that puts it over the top."
- Philadelphia interior designer Glenna Stone pulls trim color from art, a rug or a pillow for cohesiveness, and sees contrasting trim as a way to differentiate your interior.
So, if you need to make a lackluster space POP, never underestimate the power of color. It makes the world go round, as they say. And it's an effective and fun way to reinvent a space, without breaking the bank.