If you’re looking to add color to your home, there are a lot of ways you can do it; the main thing is to decide where and how much to add. It’s a good idea to start with 2-3 focal points in your home and go from there. In the kitchen or the bath, the walls, sinks and countertops are all good choices; the family room, kitchen and entryway are also good places to start. Once you’ve decided where to start, look for shades that will add color while working with your current furnishings. Some of the most popular choices are:
- Blues, which evoke feelings of water and nature
- Reds (rust and terra cotta tones are ideal)
- Yellows (bold or honey shades)
- Earth tones (for a subtler look, choose shades of tan and sage)
In the Bath
Make your bathroom a more cheerful place to be by painting the walls in a hue of red, yellow or blue. For an additional “pop” of color, change your sink or your tile, or if your budget is smaller, add in coordinating accessories such as shower curtains, rugs and towels.
Make Your Kitchen “Cook”!
Try shades of sage or camel on the kitchen walls, and tie the look together with accent floor tiles in the same color. If you aren’t ready to paint the entire room, consider painting the panels of your internal oak doors or using the new color to add life to baseboards and other trim.
Jazz up Your Appliances
If your budget allows, try buying appliances in bold, bright colors; there are dishwashers, ranges and refrigerators in almost every shade imaginable. If you want a coordinated yet bold look, buy all the appliances in the same color, but if you want to add contrast, buy one appliance in the new color while keeping the others white.
In the Entryway
Consider adding a fresh coat of paint in a warm-toned yellow or blue, or using a technique such as dragging, ragging or sponging to add texture and dimension to your foyer walls. If you aren’t quite up to a repaint, accessorize with a rug that ties together colors from the surrounding rooms. If you want to give people a good first impression before they set foot in your home, ledge and brace doors are a great choice, and can easily be painted to match any décor.
If a large part of your house is tile, or you’re renovating, add accent tiles randomly throughout the area or in a border that frames the entire room. When used in halls, the kitchen and in the entryway, the color will provide a degree of continuity.
If you’re reluctant to make bigger changes, you can always start small. Accessories are a quick and inexpensive way to add color to your home; a few throw pillows on your beige sofa or a vase of red flowers on a white table may be just the thing you need to liven up a room. Paint, window treatments, mirrors, towels, linens and throw rugs are all good for adding color, and can be changed easily if you decide on something different.