Color Confidence

I was really struck by the comments and emails I received after posting pics of my newly-"turq-WAZ" bureau. Several people said things along the lines of "Wow, you're so brave to use color like that," or "I wish I knew how to kick it up with color - but I'm nervous, and don't know how to do it." I can certainly understand these sentiments. The decision to use color can seem overwhelming - paint colors often look different on walls than on samples, certain hues can influence emotion and mood, and people are often afraid they will tire of the color - and changing it won't be economical...

Not to worry, I'm not above those concerns...I "let go, and let color" work magic on my bureau primarily because it was given to me - if it turned out horrid, at least it wasn't a major investment. If you're wanting to take a bold color step - scour some garage sales, Craigslist or resale shops for something inexpensive enough that you're willing to take a risk with. It might just turn out to be your most treasured piece! ;)

Another reason why I feel my redo was so successful is because the room where the chest resides is otherwise very neutral - stark white walls and lacquered wood floors, to be precise. I really believe if you're tinkering with the idea of using color
a) Start with a very blank canvas
b) Pick one item and go bold - a shot of tangerine, a bolt of lime, a flash of fushcia - the less timid the hue (used sparely) the more riveting the effect.

Here's some images that illustrate my point perfectly...

Ina Garten's (aka the Barefoot Contessa) NYC duplex - super-white walls, creamy upholstery, and natural wood floors provide the perfect backdrop to showcase lush pumpkin velvet curtains, and a jolt of sunny yellow on a side chair.
via HB
You don't even have to go as costly as curtains - this whole vignette reads serene, but what catches your eye (and is meant to?) Of course! The divine blue opaline-glass vases.
If you hate to paint, and don't want to commit to anything that permanent, all I can say is textiles, textiles, TEXTILES! That's not your granny's old quilt, but rather a "look-at-me-and-grin"coverlet!
Hamptons bedroom: Leslie Klotz via HB
This DIY headboard from BH&G is downright swoon-worthy, in my book! I came close to using this fabric in my family room - here's the deets if you're interested.
Size doesn't matter! Look at how this small pendant - in persimmon - is The Star of this chambre!
bedroom: Sheila Bridges
Now, don't get me wrong - if you're already wearing your confident color hat - by all means! These bathrooms are kickin' it and takin' names - and I LOVE them!
Keep in mind, if you're busting loose with a lot of color - be sure to bring in something black to "ground" the look, keeping it from looking like a circus. Here - the tub does just that.
via myhomeideas
I swear, if I used this guest bath at a party, I really don't think I'd ever come out! Again, note the black - woodwork around mirror, towel bar, and frame. Well done.
So, are you color confident? Tell me how?