In much of my own personal decor I like to stick with neutral colours on walls and large furnishings. I've always preferred layered neutrals and adding in pops of colour in accents like rugs, artwork and pillows. In an entry area a bright runner can be all you need.
Recently I'm working with some clients who love pattern and colour. I love seeing these pretty, bright rooms come together. I might even want to start adding pattern in my own house with wallpaper!
In open shelving, books add the colour...
…or the artwork and accessories!