Many homeowners find injecting colour into their homes an extremely difficult task. I’ve seen countless scenarios where it appears to be too complicated. It becomes too much to think about, seems an expensive task and too much like unknown territory for many. This is why a lot of people tend to stick with monochrome and muted colour palettes when it comes to decorating their homes.
People seem to be almost scared to add some well needed vibrancy to their homes! Cream, off white or magnolia walls are the common foundation colours for not only new build homes, but modern ones too. And it’s a shame! Really it is. I see so much potential everyday if only homeowners were a little more confident and bold when it comes to colour.
I want to share with you some of my best tips for adding vibrant colours into your home without it being an overwhelming task or too eccentric. I have added some key inspirational references which I hope you can take some encouragement from to be more confident with your interior.
Choosing Your Colours
First, you need to decide on the colours you’d like to introduce to your rooms. The key to this is choosing colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel. For example, you could pair blue with orange or purple with yellow.
It’s important to remember that you don’t need to be using the brightest colours out there. Instead of yellow you may prefer a more mustard tone, or olive instead of bright green. So don’t feel like you need to buy the brightest cushion or the brightest throw to add some colour to your home.
Try combining three colours / tones instead of just two. This adds more variety and will appear to be less “matchy-matchy”. Avoid the temptation of buying cushions that match the rug or painting on the wall. Find two key contrasting colours, find some items in a homeware store of all colours, put them together and see what you think!
Perhaps one of the most common ways to add colour to your home is through statement pieces of furniture. Although this can however be one of the most expensive routes to go down. Find signature pieces, one off’s, and have them upholstered in a bright colour.
This is the simplest way to inject colour into any room. And the most cost effective solution. Look for bold coloured cushions, and pair them with a contrasting pattern. You can layer cushions by texture – introduce silk, cotton, wool and velvet cushions to create the ultimate arrangement.
If you have indoor plants throughout your home, you may want to consider upgrading the pots. Colours and patterns are great for these and will add another layer to your room.
Is your living or dining room lacking a rug? Choosing the perfect rug with either patterns or assorted tones can help lift an room and give it a new life. Visit Carpet One and explore their options.
Now that you’ve dressed your furniture well, it’s time to look at the walls. These can be vast spaces which are otherwise quite dull if you don’t add something to them. Paintings, replica or original artwork, and posters are easy and (can be) very cost effective solutions.
If you’re feeling particularly brave, consider making a bold move by painting your walls in a statement colour. These are best in a muted hue rather than striking and bright (you can add more vibrancy with the accessories you choose) but your walls don’t need to be “in-your-face” bright.
Be Bold! And be brave with colour. Find some tones that really fit with you and the current furniture you have. Don’t rush the process by buying everything in those colours straight away. Sometimes it can be worth waiting until the next season of homeware comes through.
Until next time,
Please comment below with any questions on adding colour to your home – I would love to hear all about your project and help work through your interior dilemma with you.