10 Easy DIY Ways To Add Color To A Room
Posted by Katie Ostoich on July 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM
One of the first things I did when I moved into my house was to paint the boring beige living room a bright, vivid turquoise. Since my furniture is pretty much all black and white, the wall color could be come the star and brighten the room without going overboard. But trust me, it’s not for everyone. It’s a daring move, for sure. And if you’re a renter, who wants to have to repaint when you move out? If you’re feeling a little color-shy, try one of these colorful and chic ways to bust out the bright hues!
1. Colorblock Bookshelves
Organize your shelves by hue. Solid bright throw pillows on a white couch are a nice touch as well.
2. Brighten Photo Frames
Eclectic Living Homes outlines several inexpensive ways to color block. For instance, backing frames with colorful construction paper is a simple but striking way to add a touch of brightness.
3. Hang a Statement Painting
One striking piece of wall decor can be all you need to color up a room. Coordinate room decor around its hues, but keep it simple, as in this image by Marili Forastieri.
4. Use Tint Trios
Follow this example from Tobi Fairley Interior Designs; pick your favorite three colors and stick with those. Cool abstract artwork and a funky carpet pull it all together.
5. Maximize Contrast
Combine a bright and a neutral hue for eye-catching contrast. Funky Bear Decor has gathered several examples of the unusual combination of gray and yellow.
6. Keep it Cool
Living Design Home shows the effectiveness of focusing on a particular palette. Shades of blue and green keep your color scheme calming.
7. Play Favorites
Yes, you can focus on a single hue without going overboard, as evidenced by the collection of amazing purple rooms from Curbly. Purple walls, a pillow, and a vase are just enough, and go well with more muted artwork.
8. Play with Pattern
Stripes and florals can go together if you stick to similar shades. 79 Ideas shows you how to liven up a white room with textiles.
9. Focus on the Floor
An awesome, abstract rug-- like this one by Sonya Winner-- is all the color you need.
10. Mix Work and Play
Don't forget your office space. Bright walls, lamps, and notebooks will keep you from snoozing off at your desk.
How do you add color into your space? Do you prefer to go big like the purple-walled room or stick with accents like the colorful frames?