I don’t understand why people are so afraid of using colour in their homes. I love colour samples you get from paint stores, the rich reds, bright blues and the different shades of green. I will admit that some of these colours added to walls can be a bit…overwhelming. I went to a friend’s house and almost every wall was a different colour in the rainbow…literally a different colour, it looked awful.
The right use of color can be dramatic and absolutely stunning. So before you start painting your entire house forest green (please don’t do that) let’s look at how we can strategically use color. Here are 10 ways to add colour to your home.
Start with the Front Door
This is a great place to add a splash of colour to a plain old brick façade. I love a red door…yes I know what it means and I like it anyway. Deep blues work very well too. Be brave and get away from white, beige or ugh…brown.
The Accent Wall
When it comes to creating an accent wall, colour doesn’t have to cover the entire wall or be too overwhelming. Paint the wall that has a window smack in the middle of it, or paint small walls. Use geometric shapes or patterns, it will give you a very modern look. With the wall being smaller it allows you to use bright and fun colours without it becoming over powering.
Create Your Own Headboard
If you don’t have a headboard in your bedroom you can create your own and add a little bit of drama to your room. You can also cover your existing headboard with felt or velvet in a bright color. It makes for a great DIY project.
There is nothing more boring than walking into a living room that has a perfectly match couch and chair. Instead get chairs that are a contrasting color, you can still have your room work together but without it being various shades of the same colour.
Bookcases & Shelving Units
You can take the shelves out and paint the back a funky color, just put the shelves back in after drying. If you buy a unit from one of the big box store you can do this before you put it together. If you have a built in bookcase you can make this part of your feature wall and add a splash of colour here.
Runners and Area Rugs
You can use an area rug to add color in almost any room, a colorful runner in the kitchen or a bright area rug in the living room. It can easily be swapped out in order to update the space.
White or wood kitchen cabinets are boring. Swap them out for brightly colored doors, yes this can be a big investment and risky if you have a set of custom cabinets. If you have standard sized doors it’s fairly easy to swap them out for a different colour, coloured cabinets can give your kitchen a bright modern look or classic country kitchen.
Throws and Pillows
You have a bajillion possibilities with throws and pillows. You can easily change them out anytime you want and it will cost next to nothing. If you’re into DIY then making new pillows is easy peasy. Play around with colour, pattern and texture when it comes to these accessories.
Get a New Lampshade
You can either buy a new one or play around with some DIY techniques that are pretty cool. You can create the ombre effect by dipping the shade in dye. Remember that light catches the eye so it is a pretty small cost for a pretty big effect. If you get tired of the colour…just change it again.
Change out your shower curtain or bedding to something more colourful. If you have an all white bathroom it can liven the room up. Same with your duvet, mix and match yellow, oranges and red for different effects. You can easily change them if you want something new.