How to Have a Colorful & Calm Home

August 19, 2019

We love color but also want a home to be a relaxing balance to the energy of kids and a busy schedule. That can be tricky! So we asked Larina Kase, owner of Larina Kase Interior Design for tips…

Larina Kase is the owner of Larina Kase Interior Design, a boutique design firm on the Main Line, and mom to 3 boys ages 10, 8 and 7. She loves helping clients have homes that are cheerful and relaxing for the whole family to enjoy. She’s currently completing a whole-home renovation of her own- you can see the progress on her Instagram

How to Have a Colorful & Calm Home

Photo of TMC Headquarters decorated by Larina – full post here.

Q: We know you love color! Why do you also want a calm feel?
After having my 3 boys home all summer I’m excited for back to school when I can take a breath and enjoy the calm in my house! Whether you’re busy with work, kids, other commitments or are on sensory overload from social media we all need a sense of relaxation in our homes. 

I think our home should be the place where we unwind and rejuvenate. At the same time color is so inspiring and cheerful, especially for kids to have around. So I say to have both!

Q: Agree! How do you do that? Here are 3 tips…
1) Go neutral on your big pieces, such as sofas, walls and rugs. Warm neutrals like ivory and light taupes are really relaxing and in style right now.

2) Add textures (still in neutrals) through wood, baskets, brick walls (like in TMC headquarters) to bring an earthy, nature-inspired feel.

3) Add colorful accents in small spaces like powder rooms, and accents like pillows, accessories, and, my favorite, art.

Q: Any mistakes to avoid when using color throughout?
Yes- be careful to avoid what I call the crayon box effect! You don’t want every room to have totally different colors. 

Use the 80/20 rule: Make 80% of the accents within the same color family and vary each room by 20%. Blues and greens are great because they go with everything and give the calm we’re looking for. So if you carried blues or greens throughout you can accent one room with coral, one room with aqua, etc and it will look great! 

Calm & Colorful Home Inspiration

Larina personally curated splurge and save accents to incorporate into your home for that colorful yet calm vibe.



Pink | Green


Floral | Gold Striped | Pink



Sun Print | Flamingo | Sunflower | Toucan


Birds | Pear | Ocean Sunset



Pink | Set of 3


Floral | Printed



Velvet Tassel | Multi Color Floral


Aqua | Multi Color Floral



Blue & Peach


Navy | Peach/Blush

Shop all of our Colorful & Calm Home Picks Here:

And if you missed, Larina decorated our headquarters – check that post out here.

  • msnpackers
    August 19, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Nice collections.

  • Larina Kase
    August 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks so much for collaborating Lindsey! It was fun!

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