A Designer's Tips for How to Decorate with Color

California-based designer Kendra Nicholas Nash transforms a family home with bold hues and fun embellishments.

"Nothing makes me more satisfied than when a client trusts and takes chances," says California–based interior designer Kendra Nicholas Nash of Nash Design Group. Luckily, she got just that when a young couple approached her to design their 3,000-square-foot Menlo Park home. "They are the epitome of fun and bright. They absolutely love color—in fact, the husband loves fuchsia, which is so refreshing—so we went for it." Here, Nash shares her secrets for incorporating vibrant hues without going over the top.

A Designer's Tips for How to Decorate with Color

THINK LAYERS

"Not only do these clients have an amazing art collection that helped dictate some of the colors throughout the space, they also love color in general," says Nash. "It was important to bring these brights in throughout the space with different applications: accessories, paint, lighting, art, and furniture. For example, we used teal walls in the entry, teal fabric in the dining room, and the same color for the rug in the family room, as well as in the tile for the master bathroom. We incorporated yellow paint on the front door, yellow stools in the kitchen, and that same pop of color in the kids' bathroom on their light fixtures. And so on."

A Designer's Tips for How to Decorate with Color

SET THE TONE

"They didn't want the typical suburban house, and that was definitely a driving force for the pops of color and clean lines," says Nash of her clients' aesthetic wishes. "It was apparent from the moment you step up to the bright yellow front door that things were going to get lively inside."

A Designer's Tips for How to Decorate with Color

KNOW WHEN TO DIAL IT BACK

Every room doesn't have to scream color; some can be louder than others. "We selected a cool gray that has a slight pale-blue tone to it," says Nash of the kitchen's neutral cabinetry. "After looking at plenty of stool options, these stuck out for being modern, fun, and that pop of color that the kitchen needed among all the white and gray tones."

A Designer's Tips for How to Decorate with Color

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