Despite all the colors that surround us on any given day, decorating with vibrant hues can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to satisfy your saturation quotient without overwhelming a space. Case in point: accessories designer Fiona Kotur’s Hong Kong residence, in a former warehouse that she converted (with help from local architectural designer Alexander Stuart) into a lively family home. With dreamy blues, mustardy yellows, and spring greens, the house balances bright bursts with subdued moments. Here, we singled out four ways Kotur used color to establish a comfortable yet sophisticated home that doesn’t lack for interest.
Make it bright Add energy to a neutral-hued room with a statement piece in a vibrant color, then use accents such as throw pillows or live greenery to carry the hue into other areas. In her living room, Kotur achieves the effect with a vintage Vladimir Kagan sofa covered in a green Lee Jofa velvet.
Max out on color Embrace a more-is-more look in any room by incorporating various shades of a single color on everything from furnishings and accessories to the walls. Kotur’s library is awash in blue notes, including Christian Liaigre armchairs, an Yves Klein cocktail table, and a Moroccan carpet from Woven Accents.
Don’t forget the details Adopt a seamless, contemporary aesthetic by coating ceilings, air vents, and trim in the same shade of paint that graces your walls, as Kotur did in her library. Metallic accents help break up the monochromatic look.
Cover it up Hide architectural quirks with brightly patterned wallpaper—but keep the rest of the room neutral to let the color and print take the spotlight. In Kotor’s son Rex’s room, David Hicks hexagon wallpaper by Cole & Son conceals support beams along the ceilings and adds contrast to crisp white bedding.