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.
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!
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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.
Kitchen Windows With Cheerful Trim
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Black + White
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Daleet Spector Design
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Julie Soefer Photography
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.
Tropical + Sunny
Modern, Built-In Desk
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.
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.
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.
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).
Purple Contemporary Bedroom With Gold Bed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.