Words by Maggie Walton | Photography by Killingsworth Photography

Bold and Beautiful

While decorating with bold colors and patterns is a great way to add personality to your living space, figuring out how exactly to do it can be a bit overwhelming. Experimenting with rich hues and mixing vibrant patterns and interesting textures can be challenging, especially if utilizing a bold color palette in your home is a departure for you. If you have some reservations, start in a small space. Trust your own sense of style enough to bring your individual personality into your home. Here are a few tips for achieving a bold and beautiful look in your home.

Start small

For many, the idea of adding bold colors or patterns to your already neutral space seems intimidating. If you have neutral anchor pieces, such as a sofa, rug, or paint color, consider adding a few colorful accessories. Identify a color palette that you are drawn to, and add those colors in small ways. A bright pillow, a colorful piece of art, pat- terned window treatments, glass vases in a vibrant print – any of these will give you an opportunity to experiment with color in a non-threatening, non-permanent way. Once you’ve lived with these pieces in your space, you will be more confident to go big with color moving forward.

Pep things up with paint

In my opinion, paint is the most powerful decorating tool there is. In a matter of hours, you can infuse a bolder, more dramatic look. Before painting an entire room, I advise putting up samples of a few different colors on all four walls of your space. Seeing each color in the light of your own home will help you select a winner. If you’re worried about covering an entire room with a bold color, paint an accent wall or a large piece of furniture. To spice things up on the exterior of your home, consider painting your front door with a pop of color. Paint has the power to transform an entire space.

Balance Color with neutrals

     When you’re working with bold colors, neutrals are the common denominator. In a room that has a lot going on aesthetically, neutral colors create a resting place for the eye. To create a balanced ambiance, choose solid colors in neutral tones that will play off the bold colors and patterns you have in the rest of your space. And remember, neutrals don’t have to be boring. There are so many options beyond white, gray and beige. Metal accents, rugs made from natural fibers, bamboo window shades, linen pillows – all of these have the same effect as a true neutral, while also adding a layer of visual interest. When incorporating color into your home, it is important to establish a color palette that is cohesive and balanced throughout your home.
     Ready to incorporate a new, vibrant color scheme in your home? Follow these tips for decorating with bold colors to create a stylish and vibrant home that stands out from the rest.


Incorporating patterns into your home is a great way to make a statement. For a room that already has an established color palette, choose a pattern that coordinates for a cohesive application. If you’re unsure which bold colors go together, select a pattern that you’re drawn to, and have it be the launching board for a whole new design. Consider making a statement through textiles: patterned rugs, throw pillows and blankets in a mixture of styles and different scale patterns lend visual interest and can even be changed out periodically with the season. For a more permanent statement, reupholster a piece of furniture in a vibrant, patterned fabric. Over the past few years, wallpaper has experienced a revival in the interior design world. From geometric and tropical prints, to florals and stripes, the market for wallpaper is rich with a high and diverse supply readily available. To achieve a showstopper aesthetic, try incorporating wallpaper into your space. Patterns are the great unifier in interior design, providing both comfort and dimension to a space.

About Maggie

I’m Maggie Walton, owner + designer of Maggie Walton Design. I was born and raised in Granbury, Texas and love this town for so many reasons. After graduating from Baylor University and marrying my high school sweetheart, there was no question that we would raise our family in Granbury. We have three energetic boys ages 8, 6 and 5 and we recently moved into our new construction “Modern Farmhouse”. Creating beautiful spaces has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. I enjoy spaces that are both comfortable and sophisticated, where my kids can run around and make a mess, and where dinner parties and baby showers can be hosted. While my style has evolved over the years, I would currently describe it as modern farmhouse + country cottage, with a few traditional pieces thrown in. Helping a client create a beautiful, comfortable, functional home that they are proud of is one of my greatest honors.