Decorating with Candy Colors

Ruby red is the highlight of this all white kitchen. (Photo: Scott Morris).

Bright, fun and festive. Candy colors such as yellow, red, orange and green can help to add interest and put a fresh face on nearly any room of the home. Looking for tips? Here are some top tips to help get you started.

A multitude of candy colors creates an impactful and powerful office space. (Photo: Design Recipes/TNS).

• DO create a color palette that includes bright, bold color as opposed to muted tones.
• DO consider traditional “citrus” colors such as orange, lemon and lime.
• DO introduce bright, candy colors through accessories and accents such as artwork and toss pillows.
• DO consider adding in a “surprise” element of color such as a side chair or ottoman.
• DO pair bright, bold colors with neutral colors such as white and black, as neutral colors will help make bright colors stand out.

• DON’T be afraid to mix various bold colors in a single space.
• DON’T overlook opportunities beyond youth rooms to bring in bright, vibrant colors.
• DON’T go overboard. A palette with three to four colors will work well.
• DON’T pass up opportunities to infuse “portable” design elements such accessories.
• DON’T forget to bring in bright, bold color is spaces often ignored such as kitchens, hallways and bathrooms.

Candy colors make for a fun and festive children’s bedroom. (Photo: Design Recipes/TNS).

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service. Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at