Colour can transform your home like nothing else. It can enhance, lift and complement your space. On the other hand, it can drag it down, making your rooms feel small, drab and lifeless. It goes without saying, but colour is one of the most crucial elements in the design to get right. Colour can instantly set the mood in any space. Here is a handy guide to help you in adding colour to your home.
Adding colour to your home
Paint one wall
Add a splash of colour by accenting one wall of your living room with a coat of paint. Look for a niche to add extra colour, or choose a larger wall that will get noticed. Pick a bold, contrasting colour from a fabric in your living room. Or, go for a subtle accent by painting the wall in the same colour family, but a tone darker than the rest of your walls.
Toss in a few pillows
Add bursts of colour with strategically placed and well-chosen toss pillows. Choose solids for floral furnishings, patterned pillows for solid pieces, or mix and match patterns for a dazzling array of colours.
Bring the outdoors inside
Nature has the most glorious colours to add to your living space. Choose greenery that’s meant to thrive in indoor low-lighting conditions. But if your thumb isn’t the greenest on the block, opt for realistic artificial florals. It’s easy to fool the eye with today’s lifelike artificial flowers and plants.
Spread colour underfoot
An area rug softens up a room and makes it cosy. But a bold area rug strategically placed in front of a chair or under a coffee table also adds colour and texture to a living room. Try layering an area rug on top of carpeting or simply over hardwood flooring in a contrasting colour.
Reflect light and colour
Do you have an empty wall in your living room but don’t know how to fill it? Try placing a large mirror on that big bare and boring wall. Choose a mirror with an artful frame. The mirror will reflect large swaths of colour and light from around your living room, and you didn’t even have to paint a thing to add more colour to the space.
Bring in bold art
One large and colourful piece of art placed in a room introduces hues and shapes into a large area. Get the same effect with a grouping of framed photos with colourful matting and bright frames. There’s no need to buy a new collection of art when there are plenty of hacks to enlarge and refresh your existing artwork.
Throw on the colour
Quilts, throws, and blankets aren’t just for bedrooms anymore. A soft handmade quilt or oversized faux fur throw or blanket adds depth, colour, and cosy comfort when draped over the back or arm of a neutral sofa or chair in the living room. Choose a standout colour for this must-have living room accessory that accents other pieces in the room.