Primary Colors in Home Design

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November 14, 2013
Stripping design to pure minimalism can mean exposing the elementary levels of color. Although decorating with primary colors can be a challenge, here are a few home designs that leave secondary colors behind for the better.
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  Art critic critic Joseph Giovannini's New York City apartment was inspired by the iconic Piet Mondrian painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie. Photo by Eduard Hueber.  Photo by: Eduard Hueber

    Art critic critic Joseph Giovannini's New York City apartment was inspired by the iconic Piet Mondrian painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie. Photo by Eduard Hueber.

    Photo by: Eduard Hueber

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  Giovannini created a deeper contrast by adding light. "The idea was to expand space, and I did so by 'architecturalizing' light—that is, bringing light into space, redefining the space simply with strip fluorescents." Photo by Eduard Hueber.  Photo by: Eduard Hueber

    Giovannini created a deeper contrast by adding light. "The idea was to expand space, and I did so by 'architecturalizing' light—that is, bringing light into space, redefining the space simply with strip fluorescents." Photo by Eduard Hueber.

    Photo by: Eduard Hueber

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  The walls of Architect Ko Wibowo's home feature an array of colors including pink, green and brown, but the exterior view displays bright yellow walls against a red staircase. Photo by John Clark.  Photo by: John Clark

    The walls of Architect Ko Wibowo's home feature an array of colors including pink, green and brown, but the exterior view displays bright yellow walls against a red staircase. Photo by John Clark.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  With a view of the volcanic Mount Ranier, Wibowo was inspired by magma when painting the staircase a bright red. Photo by John Clark.  Photo by: John Clark

    With a view of the volcanic Mount Ranier, Wibowo was inspired by magma when painting the staircase a bright red. Photo by John Clark.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The home of Dan and Amy Finn Bernier was once an Asian cabaret and punk rock venue. Now the same stage that featured artists like Blondie and The Ramones is a living room with large windows and a view of the courtyard below. Photo by Bryce Duffy.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy

    The home of Dan and Amy Finn Bernier was once an Asian cabaret and punk rock venue. Now the same stage that featured artists like Blondie and The Ramones is a living room with large windows and a view of the courtyard below. Photo by Bryce Duffy.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  The large red pendants hanging from the ceiling are reminiscent of the lanterns found in this Los Angeles home's neighborhood of Chinatown. Photo by Bryce Duffy.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy

    The large red pendants hanging from the ceiling are reminiscent of the lanterns found in this Los Angeles home's neighborhood of Chinatown. Photo by Bryce Duffy.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  This London guesthouse's primary colored decor is centered around an abstract painting. Photo by Ben Anders.  Photo by: Ben Anders

    This London guesthouse's primary colored decor is centered around an abstract painting. Photo by Ben Anders.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The light-colored wood used on the floors, walls and ceiling of this tiny guesthouse help mute the primary colors a bit, creating a space that's harmonious yet edgy. Photo by Ben Anders.  Photo by: Ben Anders

    The light-colored wood used on the floors, walls and ceiling of this tiny guesthouse help mute the primary colors a bit, creating a space that's harmonious yet edgy. Photo by Ben Anders.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  This steel guesthouse created by architect Jim Poteet is made out of a 8 by 40 foot shipping container. Photo by Chris Cooper.  Photo by: Chris Cooper

    This steel guesthouse created by architect Jim Poteet is made out of a 8 by 40 foot shipping container. Photo by Chris Cooper.

    Photo by: Chris Cooper

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  The deck is painted black and white in order to create a contrast with the red decor and the original blue of the shipping container. Photo by Chris Cooper.

    The deck is painted black and white in order to create a contrast with the red decor and the original blue of the shipping container. Photo by Chris Cooper.

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