Colorful Collections in a Neutral Space

by Kate on February 15, 2012

There are many design trends that come and go, but one of our favorite decorating tips that we feel will never go out of style, is the pairing of calming neutrals and bright pops of color. It always looks good, and it strikes the perfect balance: a little bit of rest for the eyes, but just enough vivid color to provide you with a jolt of energy every time you walk by. In the Vancouver, BC home of author and artist Douglas Coupland, you can see this theory put into practice in almost every room, with great success. Coupland’s colorful collections look radiant when set against the crisp white, taupe, or charcoal walls. He has a true artist’s eye for details, showing off the modern lines of a plastic mouse trap game by displaying it center stage on a table, and turning spools of thread into pop art in an all-white room. If you’re looking for ideas on how to refresh your home, I highly suggest playing with color pops in this way; you might discover a newfound beauty in an object you pass by everyday.

{All images by Martin Tessler via The New York Times}

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Willow February 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

While I agree it is very cool and well planned, it is way too busy and primary-ily colorful for me.

kate February 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

these are lovely – i love the string/twine displayed like that. super cool.

Lesley AKA Artsy Forager February 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

Love the way he has displayed his collections! The dartboard display is genius!

Amielle February 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Those first two pictures are so warm and inviting and cheerful. :)

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