Low Doses of Color

Written on December 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm , by

I know a lot of readers are color shy and tend to gravitate towards neutrals when decorating their homes.  I’m guilty of it too, often falling back on a sophisticated gray or a clean white as a soothing backdrop, but next year I’m challenging myself to bring a lot more color into my home. 

In search of inspiration, I rounded up some great examples of ways bring bolder and brighter color into your spaces in low doses and without a huge commitment.  

Painted Furniture Accents.  I painted a small chest peacock blue similar to this end table and coffee table last year and I’ve loved it ever since.  If you tell yourself “I can always paint it another color later” then it’s easier to commit to bolder color the first time around, but chances are you’ll love it so much that day will never come! 

blue endtable and coffee table bhg

 

Colorful Accessories.  With a neutral backdrop, you’re free to get creative with color and in fresh medleys like this aqua and deep pink combination.  Take your cue from a fun fabric, then work within that palette, layering accessories in those same hues. 

colorful accessories bhg

 

On the Wall.   A colorful work of art is another way to inject a dose of color into your home and when placed in the spotlight in a main space, it will be enjoyed more often.

red artwork bhg

 

Fabulous Fabrics.   Textiles are an interior designers go to source when client’s request more color, so follow their lead and choose a fabric in pattern and palette you love.  To get started, here is an article that shares 40 online sources for fabric

yellow botanical fabric bhg

 

Smaller Space Painted Walls.  Paint is the easiest and most affordable way to bring color to your home.  If you are hesitant to commit to bold color on the walls in your larger community or common spaces, try it out in a smaller room like a bathroom, laundry room, or even a guest bedroom.

painted blue wall bhg

   

A Little Trim.  Introduce just a dose of color with trim like this yellow detail on a neutral chair.  Hunt for colorful trim at a local fabric store or online and use it to embellish furniture, lampshades, or your window panels. 

yellow trim on chair bhg

 

Upgrade Your Bedding.   Keep the basic linens a crisp white, pale gray, or soft cream, then refresh the look by purchasing a duvet and shams for a color splash in the bedroom.

orange bedding bhg

 

Area Rugs.  Color in area rugs is more subtle because it’s layered underfoot, so it’s a great place to start bringing color in your space, plus a rug gives you a jumping off point for colorful accessories in the future.

striped area rug

    

Fresh Flowers.   The latest seasonal blooms purchased at your local grocery store or florist are an instant way to brighten your home – add another layer of cheerful color by displaying them in a vessel in a favorite hue.  

yellow urn with flowers bhg

 

As you look around your home and contemplate ways to start the new year by freshening your spaces, consider these ideas for starting the process by introducing color in low doses. 

Happy Decorating!

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