A Pop Of Color

le chambard hotel

Today’s decorating trends lean towards rooms or even entire buildings being done in an understated palette of whites, taupes, or grays but even in the starkest of rooms, most decorators will add a pop of color to lend personality to an otherwise neutral space. It doesn’t matter if the overall design is conservative, traditional, contemporary or eclectic, color is often used to highlight architectural details that might go unnoticed otherwise. It can also to add a feeling of warmth or whimsy to a sterile environment.

Whether it is done through paint, upholstery, window treatments or artwork, color can liven up even the most formal of rooms and brighten your spirits even on a cold and rainy day. I think we can all use a bit of color, especially now that we are confined to our homes and may be tired of looking at the same interior day in and day out. Let me share with you how color has been used in rooms that I have seen during my travels both near and far.

One of the most colorful towns my husband and I ever visited was Kaysersberg, France last year. The Michelin rated hotel and restaurant Le Chambard added to the color of the village not only on the outside but the inside as well. You would not expect such an eye popping, colorfully designed hotel in such a historic and traditional village.

le chambard hotel
The Colorful Le Chambard Hotel In Kaysersburg, France

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With its minimalist modern style, Hotel Riva on the banks of Lake Constance in Konstanz, Germany, will certainly please fans of interior design with its pale muted interior adorned with splashes of bright color.

lounge area at hotel Riva
The Lounge And Bar Area At The Riva Hotel

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Closer to home, Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key, Florida, is a contemporary yet casual beachfront hotel located on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel is decorated with a fun and colorful mix of furniture and art work.

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zota beach resort
Zota Beach Resort, Longboat Key, Florida

We can all use a bit of color in our life, whether it is just a small decorative pillow, a one of a kind painting or perhaps adding one wall of vibrant color to your home. So tell me my friends, does color brighten you mood and make you smile.

decorative pillow
Color Can Add A Bit Of Enjoyment To Life


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30 thoughts on “A Pop Of Color

  1. Spain is such a colourful country so we have colour all around us. From the colourful tiles to the flowers that bloom all year round, to the fabulous costumes in the fiesta parades, there is no lack of colour. I love it.

  2. Colors always catch our eyes and often lift our spirits. Those are beautiful photos Karen. Stay well and safe.

  3. I love color! I could never have an all neutral home. My home is filled with reds, blues and yellows.

  4. I am all for lost of color. We only have one swath of white wall in our home – about a foot wide – in one of our bathrooms. The rest of the house is a riot of color. It makes us feel comfy. The colors you have shown here are fabulous and beyond! Love them all, especially the green chairs on the patio. How fun!

  5. oh yes i love colour. our bathrooms are bright blue and white – so cheerful! we had our stairwell painted a turquoise kind of colour a few years back. the painter kept mumbling to himself: ‘haven’t seen this colour since the 70s!’. so funny… cheers sherry

  6. Cheery seeing all this colour in difficult times, well done great photos. Stay well and take care, Diane

  7. You know I love this post as anything emphasizing color is sure to grab my attention. It’s fun seeing how bold colors are used as they add so much energy to space. Hope you are doing well.

  8. I always love seeing photos like this – I just don’t have a decorating eye! However I can absolutely appreciate when someone does it well. I love the photos here – and, yes, the French village was a bit unexpected.

  9. I love those half and half, brown and white chairs. Lots of inspiration to be found from this one trip. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh Karen, I love this post…so uplifting with all the bold colors…and you sure take awesome pictures…
    Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

  11. OH my, I love seeing your travels! France is such a beautiful country in all aspects. We traveled last summer with our girls to Menton and Monte Carlo and my daughter Lizzy was invited to stay with friends in Provence for one week and she absolutely loved it. It was a dream to be there and seems so long ago….

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