7 Bright Color Ideas Inspired by San Francisco's Color Factory

Take design inspo from this trending pop-up museum and add a punch of bold color to your home.

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve been experiencing a serious case of #FOMO while scrolling through Instagram coming across images of the Color Factory that’s currently taking place in San Francisco. This 12,000-square-foot, two-story interactive exhibition full of wonderfully bright colors, sold out so quickly that it made our heads spin. Featuring works by several notable artists including Jacob Dahlgren, Tom Stayte and Geronimo Balloons, the Color Factory pop-up experience is a bright color lover's fantasy come true.

The Color Factory is steps ahead when it comes to impressing Instagrammers and tech-geeks alike: Attendees are given a polka-dot ID card which is used to activate cameras in each of the rooms. One quick pose in front of a camera, a scan of your ID card and the photo instantly goes to your inbox. With a scratch and sniff room, to a room full of gorgeous blue orbs hanging in the air, the Color Factory truly has something for everyone.

After the popularity of the pop-up experience caused them to extend the opening dates twice already (currently through mid-November), the tickets have gone like hot cakes, selling out within hours. Although rumor has it they might bring the pop-up to NYC eventually, we went ahead and put together a list of rooms inspired by the Color Factory that will make you want to incorporate a bit of boldness and fun into your current home design!

All Yellow

Yellow Armchair and Blue Pillow

Yellow Armchair and Blue Pillow

Bright hues infuse this living room with life and cheery personality. The yellow armchair has a handsome partner in a blue-patterned pillow.

Photo by: Colin Price Photography

Colin Price Photography

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Saffron Color Palette

Drawing inspiration from the cheerful pineapple accent wall, this bedroom's crisp neutral base palette is brightened up with splashes of color from the lime green armchair and yellow decorative pillows. For a similar look, try Behr's Flame Yellow (360B-6), Grasshopper (SW 6733) by Sherwin-Williams and Oatbran (6006-1B) from Valspar.

Photo By: Garrett Rowland

Contrasting Colors

A bright saffron accent chair is the perfect way to bring a little drama to any room. Complete with a dark blue pillow, this contrasting combination makes the perfect pair.

Photo By: Colin Price Photography

Kitchen Windows With Cheerful Trim

The crisp white cabinets and stainless steel appliances pair beautifully with the soft yellow trim around the windows, giving this sunny kitchen an extra splash of color and fun.

Bright and Colorful Contemporary Deck

Nothing says Palm Beach like a few pops of bright yellow against a crystal clear, blue sky. This vibrant back door and striped yellow umbrella give this beachy back porch a tropical feel.

Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen

These bright yellow upholstered benches and barstools create a perfect sunny environment to enjoy every meal. Drawing inspiration from the eclectic light fixture, the lemon yellow accents pop beautifully in this all-white kitchen and dining area, giving it that sought-after contemporary, chic charm.

Photo By: Mark Roskams

Contemporary Great Room With Pops of Color

This open-concept home carries one color scheme throughout, making its saffron accents the star of the show. Tied together with bright decorative pillows, barstools and other home accents, the main floor is packed with whimsical energy.

From: Drury Design

A Door That Makes a Statement

A bright yellow door is just the splash of color this bathroom needs. Sopisticated and chic, this spa remains calming and serene, while also showcasing a dash of vibrant cheer.

From: Beacham & Company and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Beacham & Company, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Bold Kitchen Design

Paired with sleek stainless steel appliances and a soft gray backsplash, these yellow-lacquered cabinets add just enough color to this modern, neutral kitchen.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Eclectic Living Room With Refreshing Walls

This elaborate two-story living room is bright and spacious, complete with colorful furniture and home accents. Canary yellow walls keep the space open and bright, while allowing the other colors to pop against the pale background.

A Cheery Yellow Entryway

This bold, yellow-striped wallpaper gives new life to this otherwise dull, forgotten staircase. The traditional wood chair adds a nice homey touch.

From: Julia West

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Angled Accent Wall

Paired with intricate, hexagonal flooring, these yellow tiles are the perfect choice for this small attic bathroom. The two windows offer an abundance of natural light, allowing the tiles to shine.

Contemporary Dining Room With Saffron Chairs

Perfectly contrasted with the dark wood and the large piece of artwork at the head of the table, these bright mustard yellow chairs are the stars of this chic dining room.

From: Deborah Wecselman

Black + White

Black-and-White Hollywood Regency Bathroom With a Pop of Pink

Black-and-White Hollywood Regency Bathroom With a Pop of Pink

Hollywood glamour is given a lady-like treatment in this bold, graphic bathroom. Vintage floor tile with black florets adds texture, while the sink is cleverly disguised as a dresser. A pop of pink in the floral arrangement echoes the bedroom wall color.

Photo by: Courtney Blanton

Courtney Blanton

Black and White Master Bath With Loads of Luxury

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Love the Look

Light and dark colors add contrast and give this modern master bathroom a bold style, with a few soft curves to balance out the clean lines in this geometric space.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Wow-Worthy Vanity

The master bathroom’s modern black vanity with Carrara marble countertop and rich bronze hardware includes two integrated sinks and closed storage for bath essentials.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Sculptural Sinks

The vanity’s two integrated dark gray sinks have a rectangular shape and reflective surface for a striking modern look.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Refined Faucets

Each sink has a sleek widespread faucet with vibrant titanium finish, stationary spout and two lever handles that offer separate control of hot and cold water.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Stylish Storage

Two lighted mirror cabinets above the sinks, with internal LED light guides that provide bright bathroom vanity lighting for grooming tasks, also include storage inside for bath essentials. 

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Fashionable Lighting

Two antique matte black wall sconces above the mirrored cabinets provide illumination and add classic style to balance the modern design details in this space.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Vaulted Ceiling

The master bathroom includes a vaulted ceiling, with upper windows that overlook the screened porch and garage and allow natural light inside.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Relax and Rejuvenate

The walk-in shower in one corner of the master bathroom offers the perfect way to prepare for the day ahead or unwind at night.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Spa-Like Shower

A single-function showerhead with air-induction technology that delivers an invigorating spray experience while saving water is part of the master bathroom’s luxurious shower with spa-like features.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Make It Rain

The shower also includes a contemporary, 10-inch-round rainhead with air-induction spray that simulates the wonderful feeling of a warm summer downpour. 

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Targeted Massage Spray

A clean and contemporary multifunction hand shower with ergonomic design offers full coverage and targeted massage spray settings, for individualized comfort and relaxation. 

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Multi-Sensory Showering Experience

The shower’s advanced digital interface with easy-to-read configurable color touchscreen brings together water, steam, lighting and music for a true multi-sensory showering experience.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Element of Surprise

The master bathroom includes a separate water closet with walls covered with a dramatic dark and moody floral wallpaper that adds an element of surprise.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Hi-Tech Toilet

The master bathroom’s water closet includes a top-of-the-line, wall-hung toilet with integrated personal cleansing.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Pivoting Tissue Holder

A pivoting toilet tissue holder with vibrant titanium finish makes changing rolls of toilet tissue quick and easy.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Touch of Softness

The master bathroom’s water closet adds softness to the otherwise more modern space, thanks to the beautiful floral wallpaper by southeastern artist Ashley Woodson Bailey.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Hanging Storage

A double robe hook with premium metal construction for durability and a stylish vibrant titanium finish keeps a plush white kimono robe close by the tub and shower.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Big Impact

This view of the master bathroom’s water closet shows the glamorous dark and moody floral wallpaper that makes a big impact in this stylish space.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Art with Personality

Metal antlers, fixed on a shield-shaped plaque on the master bathroom wall, add an organic shape to the space. 

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Fabulous Freestanding Tub

The master bath’s white freestanding modern bathtub with center toe-tap drain features sloped lumbar support for extra comfort while bathing.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Private Picture Window

A large 4-by-4-foot frosted glass picture window, with black relaxed Roman shade that adds curves to the bathroom, sits above the tub. “You can’t see in and can’t see out, but it diffuses the light perfectly and makes the entire room just glow gorgeously,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Floor-Mount Bath Filler

The floor-mount bath filler with hand shower and vibrant titanium finish includes a user-friendly single lever handle for both on/off activation and temperature setting.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Urban Style Side Table

A handmade eco-concrete square side table with stylish cutout handles for easy transportation offers space for a potted plant that brings a touch of greenery into this master bathroom.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Flooring Worth Adoring

A custom reclaimed wooden parquet tile floor in the master bathroom adds character and coordinates with the floor used for the adjoining master bedroom.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Touch of Blush

Blush pink towels add a pop of color to this mostly black and white master bathroom and coordinate with the blush accents seen in other parts of the home.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Hexagon Tiles

Semi-gloss, white hexagon glazed ceramic wall tiles used all the way to the ceiling add a touch of pattern and light to the master bathroom walls. A charcoal grout adds strong contrast and graphic impact.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Effortless Connection

This view shows the easy connection that the master bath shares with the adjoining master bedroom.

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Perfect Mix

A smart use of space, beautiful finishes and a mix of modern and traditional design details creates a distinctive master suite for this updated Craftsman built in 1925. 

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Think Pink

Pink, Oversized Swivel Chairs in Small Family Room

Pink, Oversized Swivel Chairs in Small Family Room

A small family room is nestled at the end of the kitchen. To bring this space to life, designers brought in a pair of bright pink, oversized swivel chairs to help make the small space cozy and welcoming.

Photo by: Amy Bartlam

Amy Bartlam

Millennial Pink: The Color That Keeps on Trending

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Think Pink

The dusty shade of pink known as Millennial Pink has proven to be an enduring new classic. Pantone debuted Rose Quartz as its color of the year in 2016 and we're seeing more and more shades of pink working their way into home decor. It's a color you can have fun with and try at your own pace. Designers are painting ceilings in a glowy pink to add elegance to a room but you could also just incorporate some pink throw pillows or curtains to dip a toe into the trend.

Photo By: Marie Simonova

Pink + Turquoise

While a soft Millennial Pink and robin's egg blue might read too Easter, a hot shade of turquoise paired with a hotter shade of pink can make a real statement.

A Witty Pink

Not simply princessy and pretty, the new pink has a sense of play, attitude and maybe even irony. In shades of bubblegum or blush, pink works wonders in the domestic sphere.

Pantone Pinks

Pantone debuted a very Millennial Pink, rose quartz in 2016 but has continued to offer a whole spectrum of intriguing blushes (like the shade here), salmons and peonies with each passing year.

Photo By: Pantone

The Beguiled

Millennial Pink popped up recently in the poster art for Sofia Coppola's revisionist film The Beguiled which highlights the softer, feminine side of this iconic pink.

Photo By: Focus Features

Pink Bliss

Pink Bliss 2093-70 by Benjamin Moore Aura Interior, Matte brings the softer side of pink home.

Photo By: Julia Elizabeth

Pastel Palette

Soft shades of pastels, including a subtle pink and minty green (or even a subtle violet) are great pairings in a living room for a retro-chic look.

Pink and Black

Retro and chic, adding black to pink takes away some of the sugary sweetness and adds a sense of sophistication.

Rose Gold iPhone

The 2015 rose gold iPhone was a major pink moment.

Photo By: MacLife Magazine

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Style-centric director Wes Anderson's 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel made its central set piece a confectionary hotel in shades of pink that demonstrated the connection between pink and design-friendly whimsy.

Photo By: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff

Coral and Salmon

A coral-printed pillow ties in with the coral upholstery on a soft, hooded reading chair in this transitional California dining room. Damask wallpaper, gilded mirrors and exotic accessories give this glam space its Hollywood Regency appeal. We love the idea of mixing pinkish hues from cotton candy to coral to salmon.

Fashion Forward

Proof that Millennial Pink is still in is its endurance on the runway. The Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 Fendi Ready to Wear collection prominently featured a soft Millennial Pink. 

Photo By: Victor VIRGILE

Have Fun With It

A red table lamp with a black shade picks up the colors of a Wonder Woman portrait. A pink wall makes the room go pop.

Masculine Edge

Millennial Pink is definitely not just for girls. It has a fresh edge that makes it just as appropriate—maybe even more so—for men like the stylish Brothers Michael and Brian D'Addario, founders of the band The Lemon Twigs. We love the way this pink T contrasts with the bold orange wall: combining pinks and brights is a great idea to translate to your home design.

Photo By: Kristi York Wooten

Lite Brite

Saturated teal, cotton candy pink and a subdued sideboard create the ideal color balance in this cool, but still colorful hallway.

Pop of Pink

Filled with happy sherbet colors, this living room, part of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 showcase, is an instant mood-lifter.

Confectionary Color

The new pink has a confectionary quality, reminiscent of marshmallows, macarons and sherbets.

From: Heather Baird

Photo By: Heather Baird

Scandi Pink

Millennial Pink is sometimes referred to as Scandi Pink or Tumblr Pink. The on-trend Scandinavians at the Danish design house Muuto have nailed the perfect shade of pink in their gorgeous housewares and furniture.

Photo By: Muuto

Pink Graf

You know pink's officially a thing when even graffiti artists are writing in Pepto shades as with this striking mural in Chile.

Photo By: Fotoholica Press

Pink Graphics

Pink is a great background color that really allows art to pop. Make your own graphic mix by combining a pink wall with white or gold framed art.

Pink Adds Drama

Gray is still one of the hottest new neutrals. To add contrast to this mostly gray living room, designer Brian Patrick Flynn integrated a sleek white coffee table and playful pink accents into the design. Together, the two hues deliver just the right amount of elegance and drama to this clean and sophisticated sitting area.

Bold + Blue

Eclectic Powder Room With Bright Blue Wallpaper

Eclectic Powder Room With Bright Blue Wallpaper

This powder room gets a lively dose of color from a vibrant blue and white patterned wallpaper. A dark brown vanity with a white countertop and metallic accents adds a sleek touch to the space.

Photo by: Daleet Spector Design

Daleet Spector Design

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Cobalt Blue Color Palette

Who wouldn’t want to grow up in this bright blue, stripe-clad bedroom? A cobalt blue color palette is perfect for kids’ room because of its serious style staying-power. This shade will look fresh and new, long after the kiddos have outgrow their bunkbeds.

Make a Statement

A vivid cobalt sectional delivers a declaration of style in this playful, patterned living space. Replicate the look with a bright blue sofa, tufted ottoman or arm chair and let guests know you are as design-savvy as they come.

Bold Backsplash

What’s worse than bland food in a kitchen? A bland backsplash! This bright blue subway tile is anything but, and delivers striking contrast against an otherwise white-on-white kitchen.  

Photo By: Francisco Aguila

Work It

Designer Britany Simon's use of this bold blue hue delivered a hip and high-contrast workspace for clients. Copy-cat this cobalt look to energize your home office and up productivity, all in one fell swoop.

Add Personality

Saturated walls shine in this romantic master bedroom designed by Joanna Gaines. Crisp, white bedding pair with handcrafted furniture for an understated elegance, while bold blue walls grant the space a pop of personality.

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Up the Drama

Looking to turn heads? Add some drama to your design. A few coats of cobalt are all that’s necessary to add dimension and enhance unique architectural details of a space. 

Small Space, Big Impact

Don’t overlook the small spaces in your home — make them count! Use this pretty powder-room as your muse. A bold blue, patterned wallpaper will leave a lasting impression on guests and add to the overall wow-factor of your home.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Set the Tone

Use a bright color palette to evoke a playful tone in your space. A vibrant cobalt rug mimics the fun-loving energy of this contemporary dining table that doubles as a regulation ping-pong table. 

Layer It

We’re obsessed with the way designer Brian Patrick Flynn used the same blue hue for the walls and this vintage dresser from the 1970’s. Not only does this fresh, layered-look create tons of visual interest for the space, but it screams “design know-how”. That’s the always the end-goal, right? 

Mix Styles

Use this energized hue to tie different design styles together. The High Low Project used a pretty, patterned rug and matching cobalt walls as a contemporary compliment to a wood and leather rustic-industrial dining set. 

Green Scene

Emerald Green Built In Desk in Contemporary Home Office

Emerald Green Built In Desk in Contemporary Home Office

The contemporary home office serves as a bright and bold jewel box at the front of the home. A coffered ceiling nods to traditional style, while the oversized geometric light fixture adds a modern touch.

Photo by: Julie Soefer Photography

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Fern Green Color Palette

This saturated green hue livens up any indoor space, from the kitchen to the closet. For fall, we love to pair it with navy and lighter colors like salmon and white. To get a similar look, try (from L to R) Behr Paradise Of Greenery (P400-7), Sherwin-Williams Adriatic Sea (SW 6790), Valspar Ultra White 7006-24 and Glidden Coral Beach 10YR 38/318.

Photo By: O Interior Design; Graphic by Farima Alavi

Tropical + Sunny

An accent wall with pineapple wallpaper is the focal point in this cheerful bedroom. The green in the pineapple design is picked up in the bold green armchair and artwork.

Rustic Meets Refined

A refreshing green paneled wall creates a modern headboard in this rustic meets refined master bedroom. The green pops against the warm white walls, and large custom wall art by artist Bert John pulls in the green from the headboard and the warmer tones in the space.

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Love of Lacquer

The glossy sheen of this bold living's room green walls and orange stools is a tribute to a lacquered look. Furnishings and fabric are durable for pets and kids.

Photo By: David Duncan Livingston

Sophisticated Bedroom

Navy accents and a mirrored nightstand create a dazzling space against a deep green backdrop.

Vintage Kitchen

The green Chambers stove was the inspiration piece in this vintage kitchen. Reclaimed wood and distressed finishes add to the vintage feel.

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Modern, Built-In Desk

The contemporary home office serves as a bright and bold jewel box at the front of the home. A coffered ceiling nods to traditional style, while the oversized geometric light fixture adds a modern touch.

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Standout Vanity

A bold green floating vanity is the star of this bathroom design. All-white walls and tile flooring allow the vanity and multicolor rug to really pop in the space.

Green + Aqua

The beauty of fern green is you can decorate with it year round. To transition from fall and winter into spring, pair the color with aqua and peach. To keep the overall look layered, introduce some dark wood tones and be sure to layer several shades and tints of these hues to add depth.

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Dramatic Breakfast Nook

The fern green L-shaped tufted bench makes a vibrant statement against the bold, thick wall stripes in this breakfast nook. An orange floral centerpiece and brass light fixture finish the chic design.

Perfectly Purple

Purple Contemporary Bedroom With Gold Bed

Purple Contemporary Bedroom With Gold Bed

In a smaller bedroom, a dramatic color can have the cool effect of making the space feel cozier. Eggplant purple coats the walls and ceiling in this apartment bedroom with surprisingly intimate results.

Photo by: Regan Wood

Regan Wood

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Prince Purple Color Palette

The blue and purple color palette, combined with layered patterns, creates a serene girl's bedroom that's equal parts whimsy and style. For a similar look, try (from L to R) Glidden Regal Purple (56RB 09/302), Behr Island Aqua (P450-5), Glidden Heavenly Blue (70BG 68/056) and Sherwin-Williams Flashy Sapphire (P520-7).

Photo By: Alisha Gwen; Graphic by Farima Alavi

Purple Contemporary Bedroom With Gold Bed

In a small bedroom, a dramatic color makes the room feel cozier. Prince Purple coats the walls and ceiling in this apartment bedroom, creating an intimate feel.

Rich, Colorful Kitchen

A young family wanted an open kitchen perfect for entertaining. For a colorful surprise, the designers went with a rich purple island accented with brass details.

Moody Purple

The moody hues of this master bedroom perfectly offset the sweeping artwork that fills the wall above the bed.

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Inviting Wine Bar

Once a storage closet, the loft bar at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is now fit to provide homeowners an easy spot to mix a cocktail. Designer Linda Sullivan shows how good design can happen in unexpected places by pairing blue, lacquered cabinetry with Timorous Beasties' purple and indigo Colonnade Blotch wallpaper and brass hardware.

From: Sullivan Design Studio

A Pop of Purple

A pop of purple behind these built-in shelves makes a basic white bookshelf stylish.

Eclectic Guest Room With Asian Accents

Asian-inspired patterns adorn the custom upholstered headboard and an antique armchair in this eclectic bedroom. A vibrant purple folding screen complements the colors in the fabric and brightens an otherwise dark corner.

From: Denise McGaha

Colorful Outdoor Room

This outdoor pavilion is complete with a bar, refrigerator and a wide-screen television accented with a Prince Purple accent wall. The two banquette seats have storage areas underneath to hold all the entertainment supplies.

From: Eva Knoppel

Bold Dining Area

A wallpapered accent wall adds a decorative pattern to the elegant look of this transitional dining room. A large turquoise rug grounds the dining table, and the blue and deep purple stripes on the curtains tie in the rug and the purple tufted chairs at the end of the table.

Refreshing, Bright Nook

Prince Purple, light blue, and orchid colors on the patterned daybed fabric give the space a punch of color while coordinating with the teal paint on the wall. White built-ins provide a clean, structured backdrop, so the colors stand out even more.

Multicolored + Magical

Sleek Modern Dining Room With Multicolored Book Display

Sleek Modern Dining Room With Multicolored Book Display

A modern dining room turns its book collection into an eye-catching design statement by organizing them by color in the space-saving built-in bookshelf. A simple picnic table and ghost chairs let the striking dark walls and rainbow colors do the talking.

Photo by: Ann Lowengart

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