Color Punch: How To Tie Spaces Together

One of the questions I get asked a lot is “how do I tie these two separate spaces together?” The most fail-safe solution is to take one element from a space and introduce it to the other. In this post, that element is color.

The trick is to figure out where to start. One of our clients, the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, has a fun, bold, orangey-red hued logo. I picked this color to launch their palette. On brand? Check. Fun color? Check. Perfect accent? Triple Check.

Color Punch Accents

Accent Color

The key to having a such a saturated color as your accent is to make sure it stays an accent. These red chairs are the one-two color punch. And then the red carries through into some of the accessories throughout the entire space: in wall hooks, throw pillows, objects, etc.

Color Punch Accents

Red is such an energetic hue, and needs a lot of neutral tones to pull off a balanced space. The main area in the Creative Community Lab has this gorgeous historic brick and large historic doors. Then a gray tone that has a moodier blue undertone really cuts the impact of the red and provides a nice balance. The room feels like it can breathe. And the red stays as an accent.

Color Punch

Color Punch Accents

In the breakout room, the red chairs are again the tie from the main spaces. Here, the walls are a lovely green color, which inspires creativity and calm. Layers of wood tones and gray tones again provide that balance in the space. Further accentuating the height of these walls, we made custom string art with all of the hues found throughout the space. Again, another subtle nod to the more energetic tones in the main areas.

Color Punch Accents

Design is in the details. So, bringing the same hues from inside the space to outside is the easiest way to create a connection before you even walk in the door.

Need some help making all the details work? We offer Color Consultations! Shoot us an email at to schedule one today.


The Creative Community Lab was styled by the Team at Catherine French Design, LLC. All photographs were taken by J. Sinclair Photography. Custom artwork created by Team CFD.

Catherine French Design is a team of interior design consultants based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We have provided residential and commercial services in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Durham, Wake Forest, and beyond.

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