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Eye Candy: Six Ways to Add Color to Your Interior

You can’t go wrong with neutrals.  They’re a great foundation for a room.  But too many neutrals can make a room feel boring and blah.  It may sound cliche at this point, but a pop of color really is the remedy to freshening up a humdrum space.  Painting is one of the most obvious solutions for adding color, but painting can take a lot of time and be messy.  So here are some paint-free ways to inject your interior with bright, bold colors.

 

Don’t Fear Bold Furniture

A piece of brightly colored furniture will instantly perk up your space.  In the living room a sofa or lounge chair in a saturated hue will add color while also helping to create a focal point in the space.  If you’re not up to the commitment of a large piece of furniture even just an ottoman or end table in a bright color will serve as an appropriate accent.

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You can even carry this advice into the dining room or eat-in kitchen as well.  Similar style dining chairs in mix and match colors give the room a fresh, unique look while still appearing unified and intentional.

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 Look to the Lamps

The lighting in your space can literally brighten up the room, but why not also use lamps to add some color?  Pendants, floor lamps, and table lamps all come in a wide array of colors so you’re sure to be able to find the right color for your decor.  A stylish lamp in a bold color will make the room feel brighter whether the light is on or off.  If you have a table lamp base you love you can just switch out the shade for a colorful changeup.  Even cords for hanging pendant lamps can become an unexpected burst of color.

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Ravishing Rugs

It can be easy to overlook the floor as a place to add color since it’s underfoot and not at eye level.  But a large, colorful rug (solid or patterned) can anchor the room, and make it seem more vibrant.  The right rug can add color and softness, as well as give you a color palette to inspire the rest of the room.  Area rugs are a good way to add color because they can easily be rolled up and changed out with the seasons or just whenever you feel like mixing things up.

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 Prismatic Pillows

Throw pillows are probably the most effortless way to inject some color into your space.  Compared to furniture and rugs they’re inexpensive and easily replaceable.  They come in every color of the rainbow and many different patterns, so it’s incredibly simple to mix and match the color palette.  Like rugs they’re easy (actually even easier!) to switch out when it’s time for a change.

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Wallpaper Isn’t Just for Walls

You can certainly use a temporary wallpaper to bring color to your room by applying to the walls, but there are also more creative ways to use this innovative product.  One unexpected place to add color and pattern is the ceiling.  A bold ceiling with neutral walls creates a great look that’s sure to amaze guests.

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You could also add wallpaper to an interior door for a unique entryway and burst of color.  Wallpaper can also be used to freshen up old furniture or as an accent in bookcases and shelves.  With so many color and pattern options temporary wallpaper is a great way to let your imagination and personality shine within your decor.

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 Uncover Some Art

Okay, so this post isn’t completely paint-free.  But paintings don’t count as painting your walls.  A straightforward way of adding color to your space is to hang a large, bold piece of artwork on one of the walls.  The right work of art can create a focal point in the room while adding color and texture.  It’s also one of the best opportunities to display your personal tastes.

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If you’re at all hesitant about bringing bold color into your room, don’t feel like you have to rush into anything.  Before committing to any furniture, ask for a free swatch to place in the room to see if you like the way the color looks there.  If you can’t get a swatch you can likely find a paint chip in a close enough color.  Make sure you see the color in all the different types of light the space will get.  Don’t be afraid to try different colors before deciding which is best for you and your room.  Once you do find the right color, you’ll be amazed at how rejuvenated your decor looks, and how happy some bright colors can make you feel.

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