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Interior design blogs — including this one — are filled with black and white rooms and with way more than 50 shades of grey, so today I thought I’d showcase some spaces that use color. These rooms were chosen simply because they feature color in some way and they all appealed to me. Are you using color in your own home? Let me know what your thoughts are on color in interior design.

Red

Lots of terrific reds going on here. | japanesetrash.com

The various reds here, from the interesting wall pattern to the sculpture and hangings, create a ton of energy in an otherwise traditional space. What about that door?!

Orange

Orange bedroom designed by Robert & Cortney Novogratz. | japanesetrash.com

Robert and Cortney Novogratz are favorite designers for me, and this orange bedroom in their New England home makes me smile. BTW, have you seen their new website?

Yellow

A completely groovalicious space. | japanesetrash.com

Love the vibe of this space, which goes from nice to groovalicious because of that yellow fauxdenza. And the awesome graphic prints!

Green

A handsome and serene living room. | japanesetrash.com

Using color doesn’t always equate to the over used “pop of color” dictum; this green living room is handsome and serene. Terrific accessories here, too.

Blue

Another serene space with deep blue walls. | japanesetrash.com

This deep blue color adds a layer of mystery to this otherwise relaxed space. I’m digging all the great textures here.

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This Russian apartment, designed by Italians Lazzaro Rabon and Andrei Fabbri, has been floating around the interwebs and is too good not to pick up and post. The key to the interior design here, for me, is the designers’ deft way of mixing neutrals–various greys with some browns plus black and white thrown in–to create an attractive space that has a quiet but distinct liveliness. There’s both refinement and relaxation in these spces, with just the right amount of just the right pieces. One thing that I particularly appreciate is the level of contrast found in each of the rooms; I’m not a fan of using pieces together that are the same hue — solid black dining chairs with a solid black dining table, for example. Without contrast, everything blends together into one mass and there’s absolutely no pulse at all. Enjoy!

A statement piece fireplace. | japanesetrash.com

The stone gives visual texture to this neutral kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

This space is a masterpiece of mixing neutrals. | japanesetrash.com

A fascinating staircase. | japanesetrash.com

Grey, brown, black, white; terrific palette. | japanesetrash.com

These rich textures are perfect for a bedroom retreat. | japanesetrash.com

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