Many people love bold and bright colors however are hesitant to use them in their decorating because they are afraid of their home looking like a preschool classroom or a clown college. 

Bold and brightly colored rooms are fun and energetic, so there is no reason to be afraid. 

Here are a few ideas for how to decorate your home with bright and bold colors while still looking mature.

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Unique Colors
Avoid decorating your home with primary colors (red, yellow, blue) as much as possible since they feel childish and simplistic. 

Also use fewer basic secondary colors (orange, purple, green) since they also look a bit basic. 

For best results, use more unique colors such as turquoise, aqua, emerald green, electric orange, camel, fuchsia, mauve, chartreuse, lime green, steel blue, bright navy, and gold.

These colors are truly unique and special.

 

Decorate Your Home in Bright Colors but Not Juvenile Lookingphoto courtesy of Nicolas Huk flickr.com/photos/128359034@N07/23628370930/Colors As Accents
In order to keep your room looking overly colorful, decorate your room using larger furniture pieces in neutral colors (white, black, gray, beige, wood tone) and add your bright and bold colors in your accent pieces and accessories. 

You can decorate with bright and colorful pillows, an accent chair, an ottoman, curtains, and accessories. 

Your bold and bright accent colors should be approximately 1/4 of the colors you see in your room (unless you are daring, then feel free to make 1/2 the room bold colors).

 

Pattern and Texture
To make your home feel more adult and less juvenile, use more adult patterns (paisley, damask, large scale floral, chevron, intricate plaid, animal prints in accurate colors, and solids)  instead of juvenile patterns (polka dots, basic small scale plaid, stripes, small repeating floral, cartoon style animal silhouettes, animal prints in unique colors). 

Instead of a plain cotton fabric, consider using a more mature textural velvet, chenille, or satin.  

Add neutral colored textural items, such as a wicker basket, wood floors, or metallic candlesticks, to offset some of the bold colors.

 

Unifying Piece
For the best result, decorate your room with something  that creates a unifying color palette.

That piece can be a piece of art or a rug. 

The art or rug should have many colors in it that are repeated throughout the room. 

Decorate your room using at least 3 colors from your unifying piece and use each of those colors in at least 3 places in your room to create cohesion.ave

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