Adding Splashes of Color

It may not be typical advice, but as an interior designer, I often recommend that people choose classic and neutral color furniture. I know that it sounds boring, but hear me out. It can be tempting to get a gorgeously rich sofa in lime green, and it very well could be the finishing touch to your room. However, if you maybe have to replace your rug because someone spills wine all over it at a party and you fall in love with a loud orange print, or you inherit your grandfather’s mahogany bookcase or something, that dream sofa might look like a nightmare. It could be more of a commitment than you really should be making. You know how often you get tired of looking at something, and how often it is financially feasible for you to replace something, so keep that in mind.

The advice I give to all my clients is to go bold with accents. There are so many places throughout the room that you can add color, and it is fun to use your imagination to find ways to add stylish and bright pieces that will add personality to any room in your home.

I love bright, vibrant throw pillows and rugs. If you are a throw blanket person, that is another way to add wonderful color to your room. Window treatmentsare another excellent chance to add fantastic colors that will make the room pop or bring in an interesting pattern to attract the eye. My favorite part about using color as an accent feature is that these items can be inexpensive, which encourages you to change them out every season, or if something gets spilled on it or they fade. Or you can just replace them on a whim! I keep different sets in storage and just rotate them as I see fit. All the colors coordinate, so I can mix and match as I go. I bought most of it at a big box store, and it always looks like a million bucks!

I also love to add art to the room, something bright and colorful—especially to offset a larger piece of furniture in a solid color. For people who frequently want to change out the art in the room, I recommend using an easel. It is much easier to switch out one painting for another, especially if they are different sizes or orientations. You never have to worry because there are no holes in the wall whatsoever!

One last idea is to paint an accent wall. It is not as big of a commitment to paint one wall as it is the whole room. It also enables you to paint it with a bold, bright color that might not work in the whole room. The color will stand out more in contrast, and if you decide that you don’t like it—you only have to prime and paint one wall instead of four.

I hope this has given you some ideas on ways to add color to your décor. If you are hesitant or unsure, talk with a designer or look at a color wheel to get an idea of what colors look good with the pieces you already have. Start small with a curtain change or some pillows and build onto your look from there. Experiment with it and have fun!