While neutral color palettes and "tone on tone" may appeal to those who love minimalism, adding a "pop of color" can help to energize a space. Typically, starting with a neutral foundation allows for the best ability to build or add pops of color throughout.

Popular pops of color

In general, the best pops of color are those that will stand out and allow a color to shine. Popular colors include green, mustard yellow, orange and blue.

How to incorporate pops of color

Pops of color can be integrated into a space in several ways. Some of the easiest are through accents and accessories.

Quick ways to incorporate pops of color

Toss pillows. Throws. Area rugs. Artwork. Coffee table books. Vases and sculptural pieces.

Top do's

Do integrate pops of color using portable design elements that can easily be swapped in and out such as toss pillows and throws.

Do add pops of color that complement the existing colors in a space.

Do use pops of color to energize or invigorate a space.

Top don'ts

Don't blend too many dark or light colors in a space; instead use pops of color to add a sense of contrast.

Don't overwork your pops of color. Instead of overloading a space, use sprinkles of color.

Don't overlook black and white. These colors can be used within a room in powerful ways to add a sense of contrast and can be used as a color pop.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design home staging expert and short-term rental/vacation home designer with offices in New York City and the Hudson Valley.