We all need a little bit of colour in our lives. Colour sets the mood and the tone of the home – some colours are vivacious and energetic while others are much more calming and relaxing by nature. Whether you want a pop or burst here and there, or you want to pack a colourful punch, below you’ll find some creative and unexpected ways to add a little more colour to your life!
Why not make a bang up impression and wow your visitors before they even have a chance to step inside your home. Nothing is as welcoming as a warm entry. Your front door is the portal to your home. It should be inviting and reflective of your home. A freshly painted front door suggests a home that is well kept. A dark front door, such as black or navy might indicate you’ve a sophisticated style. A red or yellow front door suggests that you’re bold and love colour and pink, or other unexpected colours may indicate that you love surprise and whimsy. Painting your front door is a simple and easy way to add colour to your home.Perhaps you’re renting, or perhaps you prefer to have a neutral colour on your walls but you yearn for a touch of colour. You don’t want to buy accessories – after all, the ones you have are perfect. You’re not looking to replace or recover your couch, nor are you wanting to totally recreate your style. By painting the inside of your bookshelves (or cabinets) you’ll be making a big impact with minimal fuss.
Add colourful appliances to your kitchen. This trend, as many are apt to do, started in Europe. Europeans are more playful, daring and adventurous than we Americans tend to be. Colourful appliances are not only the rage, but are becoming commonplace in many European home kitchens. A blue or red or bright orange oven adds not only a bold pop of colour to your kitchen, but it adds an energy, character and dimension. Take caution, however, it is not so easy to change the colour of your large appliances than it is to say, repaint cabinets or walls!
You needn’t an extensive collection of fine art, simply a few colour paintings, posters or photographs. Hanging art on your walls will not only give your walls an instant pop of colour, but the paintings will add another layer of texture and dimension to your room, and nothing is as reflective of one’s style as the art in one’s home. A home truly looks and feels lived-in when there’s a nice collection of art hanging on the walls. For those of you just starting out, or moving into a larger space and in need of things to make your walls less bare, sites like art.com offer incredible selections of works by all your favorite artists in every genre.
You can instantly add colour and change the tone of your room by changing or layering your accessories. Swap out throw blankets and pillows for those of a different hue or pattern from time to time. This inexpensive face lift can dramatically alter the mood of your room. Keep a few spares on hand, if you can, and change your room’s ambiance with the seasons, or just because you feel like it!
Perhaps the easiest and most versatile means of adding a touch of colour to your space, is simply the addition of bright, colourful flowers. Whether an ornate arrangement or a simple grouping, a vase or large bowl of flowers can instantly transform your space. And what’s more, you can change your flower colours on a regular basis and according to the seasons!