Why Erin Napier's daring color ideology is making us want to be braver in our design choices

The designer has just given us every excuse to tap into our most vibrant design desires – and her advice has changed our color opinions for good

Erin Napier
(Image credit: York Wallcoverings)

From fiery red to sunny yellow, some colors come with inevitable reservations, especially when using them in central spaces, such as the kitchen. However, Erin Napier is inviting us to do it anyway. 

'When it comes to using bolder colors in a room, you just have to not care about other people’s opinions,' the HGTV designer shared exclusively with H&G.

'It's the same when you're trying to choose a baby's name before they’re born, and you tell your mom, and she says, ‘Oh really?’, and that’s never a good sign. Just don't tell her the baby's name, or in this case, just paint your room.' And her advice couldn't come at a more apt time. 

Erin, best known for Home Town, has released a book, Heirloom Rooms, that encourages us all to create a house that is entirely ours. This can be anything from paying homage to our family's heritage by decorating with antiques to painting our kitchen cabinets our favorite color, because if we want to, then why not? 

Erin Napier's wallcovering

Designed by Erin Napier

(Image credit: York Wallcoverings)

'In an episode of Home Town, one of the homeowners, Iris, loved bold colors and patterns, and she wanted it everywhere, so I gave it to her. So many people watched that episode and said they could never live with a red kitchen, but in the end, all that mattered was that Iris loved it,' Erin says. 

And Erin's ideology translates to any hue we may have reservations about bringing into our home. Whether we want a pink living room or a green powder room, her teaching rings true – the only thing we need is the confidence to go for it. 

'Let's stop worrying about what other people think about our red kitchen or our green cabinets and just enjoy our spaces. Everything is tangible,' she says. 

'Yes, I might say something different in 15 years, but that's okay – it's our right as people to change what we love. If you love red now, then oh baby, paint your kitchen red and enjoy every moment.'

Interior Designer
Erin Napier
Interior Designer
Erin Napier

Erin Napier is a designer and entrepreneur with a fine arts degree who started her career in corporate graphic design before founding her own international stationery company, Lucky Luxe. She co-stars alongside her husband, Ben Napier, in HTGV's Home Town and has authored three books, including Heirloom Rooms (published by Gallery Books). 

As mentioned, Erin's beliefs come into play in Heirloom Rooms, her newest book that emphasizes how our homes are supposed to change over time. 

'Heirlooms that are ever-evolving, I wrote that in the preface of my book, and it's completely true that our houses are not stagnant – they’re going to change so much over the years, so don't be afraid to let that change happen,' she comments. 

'In some ways, I’m afraid of change, but in a house, we should embrace all changes. Enjoy it, it’s fun.' We're picking up a copy via Amazon below. 

Heirloom Rooms: Soulful Stories of Home by Erin Napier | $23.18 on Amazon

Heirloom Rooms: Soulful Stories of Home by Erin Napier | $23.18 on Amazon
This collection of personal essays and photos reflects on what home means to Erin as her family has evolved over the years. It includes interviews with influential friends on what makes a house a home. The photos and stories throughout feature well-loved and lived-in homes that are aspirational, relatable, and imperfect.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.