Make color happen at home: 5 ways

We are nearing the end of week #4 in the home decorating series.  If you've tuned in and are familiar with the series, that's great! If you're new to it, welcome!  This week is about the little details that shouldn't be forgotten when decorating! Because when all those details of a room are well-planned, and implemented, they can take a room from good to GREAT.  

Today's topic is color.  Color is vital in any room.  Though color can be overwhelming and scary, there are so many smaller, less scary options for bringing in color!  Whether you're a risk taker with color, fear it, or find yourself somewhere in the middle, here are some examples to get you thinking....

1.  Textiles (like pillows, blankets, curtains):

In the above examples the dominant color (the one that takes up most of the room) is light gray, on the walls.  Blue and green accents were pulled in with textiles.  Don't you just love saying that word, "textiles" (the speech pathologist in me talking)

2. Painted Furniture

A painted piece stands out and can communicate a color scheme instantly.    Multiple painted pieces can have the same effect, but be sure to use caution when it's time to add the decor.  Bringing in too many different colors everywhere can confuse the eye/brain. Choose a color scheme, and stick with it.  I typically suggest 3 colors, with a light spattering of other colors.  Great color pops can also include just 1-2 colors....it's all in the design and style of the room, as well as personal tastes and preferences. 

Below, the walls are neutral, leaving room for a bold piece of furniture like that teal chest. Variations of blues and greens are scattered in the room in smaller doses, as seen in the pillows, the lamp, rug, and the decor.....

In the photo below, a small side table was painted lavender, a favorite color of the home-owner.  The same color was incorporated with another small side table in the adjoining room.  Not too much purple, but just enough to pull in one of three accent colors in the room. 

The color scheme for this room was orange, purple, and teal.  Variations of these colors were scattered throughout the room. The walls and furniture are neutral, allowing for more color in the decor/accessories. 

The color scheme for this room was orange, purple, and teal.  Variations of these colors were scattered throughout the room. The walls and furniture are neutral, allowing for more color in the decor/accessories. 

And this dresser was painted in a bold, bright pink to pull out the smaller bright pink accents in the bedroom's bedding.....

3.  Decor/Accessories

Decor and accessories bring in your accent colors. Without them, color schemes would be much more difficult to achieve, and not as fun.  Think of decor for the home like your belt or your awesome scarf that completes an outfit.  Decor is necessary to complete a room. 

Let's take a look at these bright and bold accessories that effectively pull in color:

Pendant lamp shades in a turquoise and white geometric design add color to a kitchen....

A navy blue sunburst mirror showcases the primary accent color in the room, hanging center-stage above the fireplace mantle.

A stack of books is another simple way to add color  If you love books, start displaying them! They add so much color and vibrancy to any room....

Floral arrangements and plants are one of the simplest and most versatile accessories in a room.  They are easy to change out with the turning seasons, and with your evolving color schemes...

4.  Rugs

Don't forget the floor!  Rugs anchor a room, pulling together the upper and lower portions of a room.  When the floor is neglected, the result is a top-heavy room, with all focus on the top half.  Adding a rug provides visual balance, and rich-ens up a room almost instantly.....

5.  Wall Art

The great thing about walls is they can be easily changed. Nothing is permanent (unless you've gone through the ordeal of hanging a 314 pound mirror)  Those pieces we leave be if at all possible.  Aside from those, you have free reign of your walls.  Bringing in color with wall art can do wonders.  When the walls are accessorized, and accessorized well, a room can go from dull to exciting in seconds....... 

Don't be afraid to let your personality show in your wall decor!  Go for color. Try a new color scheme. See where it takes you!!

Color is a detail that matters in any room! It is one of the most important details.  Having a plan for color scheme is imperative, and placing color strategically will take a room from good to great.  

Start small, and work your way up toward something bigger and bolder.   Who knows, one day you may be the proud owner of a bold, lime green hutch.....

To happy times ahead.....with color!   

Need help deciding on a color scheme?  Not sure where to start? Contact me for your FREE home consultation.  Let's figure this color thing out!   

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