For those individuals who have only ever experimented with white and off-white paint, adding a touch of bold color to your home can be a tricky task. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be more daring with your decorating but never had the courage, or maybe you just simply don’t know which colors work best or where exactly to start.
If you’re looking to add more vibrancy into your home, these tips can help you better decide how exactly you want to experiment with color, and how best to do so.
Go for Colorful Accessories Instead of Paint
If you simply can’t bring yourself to paint your walls a daring shade, there are other ways you can add color to your home while still maintaining a plain, bright wall. By opting for colorful accessories, you are ensuring that your room remains open and fresh with light-colored walls, but still has the splash of color you’re going for.
You can decorate your rooms with as many or as little colorful accessories as you like. Sometimes, one bold-colored statement piece is all it takes for a room to really pop, such as bright artwork or a decorative lamp with an interesting shade.
You could even go for something a little different by decorating your home in ornaments such as natural crystals. These natural formations come in beautiful colors and the popular crystals are often sorted out for their attractive designs, such as the glittering purple shades of amethyst or the bright blue of azurite.
Just Paint One Wall
Feature walls are great and the perfect opportunity to add a touch of color without having to compromise the bright and fresh feeling of the rest of the room, if you’d rather most of the walls remain white or plain.
Or, if you’d rather see what a particular color looks like painted on one wall before you decide to do the rest of the room, an adequate feature wall gives you chance to get used to a bold new color and see how it feels when you’re spending time in your space. If you’re happy with it over time, you may be spurred to paint the whole room that color, or maybe even just an extra wall.
If the color doesn’t work out the way you’d hoped and you decide you don’t like the color, a feature wall is easy to simply paint back over white, or wallpaper over in a plain design until you can re-think your color choice.
Choose a Bold Colored Couch
Your couch is often the main feature of your living space, and if you spend a lot of time in your living room, then the sofa needs to be the perfect one. If your main living room is the room you’re looking to spruce up with vibrant color, a bright colored couch could be a wise choice for you. You should aim for the biggest contrast possible, but which is still in keeping with the room’s existing features.
For instance, if you want your living space to maintain white or cream walls, then any couch color is going to match perfectly. However, if your living room already has a colored carpet in place, then this limits the number of couch colors available to you. You should, therefore, choose colors which work well together. A bold red couch can look great with a grey or light-colored carpet and plain walls. However, if you have a dark blue carpet, red will not be the ideal choice.
Adding the right amount of color to your room comes from knowing which colors work best together, and which don’t. You can always seek design advice on color options if you’re unsure.
Or, Go for Colorful Throw Cushions Instead
If you’re not a fan of a bold couch and want to keep it plain, you can use throw pillows to add a touch of color instead. If you have a plain, light-colored couch then you can add more vibrancy by choosing bright and patterned cushions. This is also the perfect option if you like to change your color scheme based on the season. During Christmastime, your usual throw pillows can be replaced with festive red, or you could use autumnal colors like oranges and yellow during fall season, and natural greens for Spring.
Choose Bright Kitchen Appliances
Your kitchen is a prime spot for adding a touch of color. Kitchen appliances now come in a range of options, with various shapes, attractive designs and bright colors. Pastel shades are particularly popular for kitchen appliances, such as pale blues and pinks, and you should ensure all your appliances match in design to promote a more pleasing, overall effect.
This is also a great spot to add color if you spend a lot of time in your kitchen and love to cook. It’s also an excuse to buy new gadgets!
Avoid Your Main Rooms if You’re Unsure
If you’re looking for extra color in your property, but don’t want bold shades staring you in the face all the time, you could opt to decorate an intermediary room such as a hallway or spare bedroom. A bold and colorful entrance hall can look warm and inviting when you step into your property, and also allows you to escape into a more bright and plainer living space if you don’t want to be around too much color all the time.
Or, if you’ve always wanted to experiment with a deep and rich bedroom retreat but would prefer your own bedroom to be light and bright, then a spare bedroom is the perfect opportunity to let your color juices flow without affecting your own personal style and taste in your master bedroom.
Use an Area Rug
The right rug can add so much color and texture to a room, and is perfect for adding more warmth to an area which is fitted with wooden or laminate flooring. If you would rather your color-focus stem from the floor as opposed to a bright feature wall or anything at eye level, then even just one well-placed and bold rug can make a room seem completely different. You should consider your preferred thickness, and whether you would like solid color or a detailed, patterned rug which offers many different complimentary colors to really make your floor pop.
Add Flowers or Plants
Flowers are a great addition to any home and serve not only as an attractive accessory, but a source of nature and a pleasing aura for your home. Flowers come in many varieties and colors, and you may already have a favorite, therefore they are simple additions to any room which is in need of a splash of color, without having to raise a finger to decorate. Flowers can also be easily changed and replaced when the time comes, meaning you always have the option to easily switch up your color preferences without having it affect your room’s theme or setup.
If you prefer more muted or natural colors, houseplants are also fantastic options. Plants are perfect for adding greenery and more natural colors to your space, as well as helping to promote a healthier atmosphere for your home.
Play Around with Color on Your Furniture Instead of Your Walls
Furniture can easily be updated these days, with many people opting to upcycle old furniture or refurbish certain items to change them into attractive designs. Shelving and bookcases are prime spots for adding a touch of color, without it being too intrusive in the overall effect of the room.
You could paint the inside back of a bookcase with a bright color, but leave the outside frame plain and muted. This adds a very subtle effect which isn’t overwhelming, yet easily noticed in any room.
Use Lighting to Your Advantage
Perhaps you only want more color during the evening, when you’re settling down to relax, to create a warmer and cozier atmosphere, but you want to maintain a light and bright space throughout the day. This is why the right lighting can be a useful way to add a touch of color.
There are many bulb options, such as colored LEDs, which you can install around your room. LED lights are perfect for around the television in particular, as they also help to reduce eye strain by adequately lighting up the space around your television while you watch. They also usually come in changeable color options, meaning you can switch through a rainbow of colors depending on your mood.
During the day, these lights and colors won’t be seen, offering the best of both.
If LED lights aren’t suitable for you, you could look into alternative lamp options, either with colorful shades which offer a particular color for the room when switched on, or those lamps with a warmer hue to them as opposed to cold, white light.
However you choose to add color to your home, there is always the perfect way to do so which won’t compromise on your personal taste. The main aim is to have fun with it, experiment and use colors that reflect your personality.