Make Your Warm, Neutral Space Pop with Color

Color is powerful. Even if you prefer your rooms anchored in neutral tones, you can achieve an enormous impact with colorful accessories.

Bath AfterBath After

See what Dallas Designer Cristie Schlosser, ASID, did with this kitchen and bath renovation. First, check out the Before and Afters of the striking transformation.

Bath BeforeBath Before

Kitchen Before
Kitchen Before 2

Kitchen Before 1

In the resulting contemporary spaces, Cristie used neutral-toned finishes, accented with pops of bright color in the accessories.

“My clients really like bright art and glass,” said Cristie. “Their furniture was all neutral so when we were selecting the mirror for the bathroom instead of making it tonal, I suggested we use bright colors like their artwork and glass collection.”

“For the kitchen, using warm rich tones and neutral colors transformed the large open space to an area with balance, warmth and intimacy—providing a great backdrop for their bright glass pieces.”

Kitchen After
Kitchen with Colorful Accents After

Kitchen with Colorful Glass Accents After

I like the flexibility this approach gives. You could create a rotating gallery space—especially in this kitchen—and change up artwork and accessories to showcase your current favorite pieces.

What’s Cristie’s advice for someone who is timid of using strong color?

“Color can liven up a space and make it more personable,” said Cristie. “Lots of colors can be used as neutrals, not just browns and creams. Any color and hue found in nature can provide a canvas for your personal belongings and decorative items.”


Cristie Schlosser, ASID is a Texas Registered Interior Designer, and can be reached through her full-service interior design practice in Dallas, Texas.


What’s your color personality? Do you blanket your rooms in bold hues, or do you prefer to express yourself with colorful accessories?

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5 Comments for “Make Your Warm, Neutral Space Pop with Color”

I love everything

Love the colored mirror in bathroom…who is the maker
and where could I purchase it?

Hi Pat,

I think I remember the designer saying that it is no longer being sold. But I will jot her a quick note to double-check. I am sure you could get something similar made by a glass artist.

So glad you stopped in to

Stay colorful
— Kathy

Great Work, Cris. Wishing you continued success. Linny

I like the befores better. Soffits with canned lighting is so 60’s & 70’s and needs to stay there. I don’t care how expensive it was, it screams cheap.

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