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Here's How to Bring Pops of Color into Your Home, According to Philly Design Experts

By Carissa Dunlap | July 3, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

Is your space in need of a serious makeover? This summer, ditch the neutrals and introduce splashes of color thanks to these tips and tricks from five Philadelphia interior design experts.


Layer in Colors

“There are several ways—both subtle and bold—to introduce pops of color. For those who are feeling brave, we love to use color on kitchen cabinetry or on custom bookcases to make a bold statement. For a more subtle approach, start with a base of neutrals and add color in the form of pillows, a luxurious throw or even simple accessories.”—Ashli Mizell, principal and creative director of Ashli Mizell INC.; 215.546.7606, 124 S. 19th St.,

Spice Up Your Existing Furniture

“Using a bright bold pop of color to lacquer over an existing piece of furniture—like a bookcase or end table—allows you to update your entire look while still keeping your existing furniture!”—Renee D. Freeman, Freeman Interiors, INC; 215.772.9406, 1520 Spruce St.,

Curate a Personal Gallery of Vibrant Artwork

“Artwork doesn’t have to match. It just needs to speak to you. If you choose artwork that has a punch to it, it allows the art to create a story and add personality. Art can be on the walls or a sculpture or coffee table books. All add to creating a story in small touches of color without committing to large color choices.”—Nicole Stamps, Nicole Stamps, LLC; 484.576.0824,

Liven Things Up with an Accent Wall

“An accent wall adds a minimum alternative to the room that makes a major impact. Infuse the rest of the room with touches of fabrics, furnishings, and art that work with that color.”—Rafael Novoa of Rafael Novoa Interior Designs, LLC; 215.860.1129, 1414 S.Penn Square,

It’s All About the Accessories

“Adding stacks of bold, oversized coffee-table books adds color, dimension, and personality to any room. Showcase them on a coffee table, bookshelf or side table, and style with accent pieces like candles, flowers or art. There are endless ways to incorporate this signature design tip into your home. To add color to your kitchen, place oversized glass apothecary glasses filled with bright candies and snacks. It creates a memorable experience for guests and allows them to indulge.”— Jimmy DeLaurentis, designer and owner of JAMES by Jimmy DeLaurentis,

Photography by: Photo Courtesy of Jason Varney