Note from the hosts: This article was originally published on Donna Frasca’s Color Recipes site,  here.

pop tart and colors via Donna Frasca

What is a Pop of Color?

I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “I want a color that pops!” and I’m sure you’ve said it a thousand times yourself. I know I have. So what exactly happens when color “pops”? Let’s talk.

Color that pops is just referring to a visual and not a sound of course. Pop is just when you can see a high contrast between two colors and this can be seen in my Peppermint Patty post on dark brown and white.

Peppermint Patty color via Donna Frasca
Looking at the Pop Tart, the prop of choice today, you can see some neutral tans and a navy. So where’s the pop? The pop comes in when you add white. See the high contrast? It’s almost like looking at black and white.
Navy Popping with White via Donna Frasca
So how do you work these contrasting colors in your home? Easy! If you’re working with a dark color such as the red seen in this picture, make sure you have a bright white ceiling, white columns, trim or chair rail and there you’ll get your “pop” of color.

More Examples of Pop Colors

Color that Pops via Donna Frasca
Navy that Pops via Donna Frasca
Stripes that Pop via Donna Frasca
Now this is a nice example. Here you have a black wall next to white which of course will pop but look at the bright green door? Is that a dark color? No. So here you have it – not only will dark colors pop with white but bright bold colors will also.
Green and Black that Pops via Donna Frasca

Hope you enjoyed a little information on color that pops. If you need help with your popping colors, I’d be happy to help. Donna Frasca, Color Specialist in Charlotte.


Notes from the hots: Donna and I initially connected via Twitter where even her little avatar seemed to just jump from the stream.  As @Color4Charolette you can find her frequently engaged is some of the social medium’s more prominent Chats.  She regularly dishes (yep, pun) advice on design, decorating as well as color.  Her Color Recipes  blog concept – brilliant. Give a follow, say hi.  I know I hope to have her back over here at BMoxie again.  To you — great day and thanks for reading. ~jb