How to Add Color to a Neutral Room
Are your rooms stuck in neutral gear? See how bright, bold blocks of wall color warm up a formerly all-beige living room.
Orange-hue color blocks convert this formerly neutral living room into a hot spot of color.
Color choices were based on the room's accessories and furniture -- specifically, the sunny hue of the chair and lamp.
Leaving strips of the original wall color tones down the bright color addition, frames the various shades of paint color, and adds a crisp, casual note to the room.
For a similar look, use your room's dimensions to determine the size of color blocks. Measure the width to each wall and divide it into equal parts, allowing for space between blocks and in the corners.
To avoid choppiness, keep each window and doorway within one color block. For added interest -- and less math work -- vary block widths.
Follow these steps to create the color-block walls.
- Diagram each wall on graph paper.
- Next, diagram the color-block designs onto the walls already laid out on graph paper to see how they will fit into the space.
- Use a level to mark the blocks on the wall.
- Tape off the blocks with painter's tape.
- Paint in desired colors.
- For a designer finish, use leftover paint to cover several squares of artist's canvas (available at craft stores), and hang the completed artwork within the color blocks.
- For a final pop of reflected color, prop a large mirror against a wall.
Produced by Becky Jerdee