Surprising Ways to Add Color to Your Home

We all need a little bit of color in our lives. Color sets the mood and the tone of the home – some colors are vivacious and energetic while others are much more calming and relaxing by nature.

Whether it’s on a pair of pillows, the back of a bookshelf, the floor or the ceiling, a splash of unexpected color transforms any space from boring to breathtaking.

Go for big, colorful art. 

Conquer blank walls and a color void with vibrant art. For a more streamlined look, invest in a single large piece. For a more eclectic look, hang several smaller pieces.

A colorful piece of art placed in a living room not only adds a decorative touch, but also introduces colors and shapes you might not be able to use in a larger area. Try framing simple photos with colorful mats and bright frames.

You can also have fun by hanging things like pieces of fabric or wallpaper on the wall. If you find a piece of fabric you love but don’t want to upholster something in it try putting it in a frame and hanging it over a sofa or mantle. The impact can be very impressive.

Mix It Up

Nothing adds color like pillows strategically placed on furniture. Throw pillows are a simple way to add a splash of color and comfort to any room. Whether you choose solids for a floral sofa or chair, or colorful, patterned pillows for a solid color chair or sofa, these simple additions will add comfort and just the right splash of color. Mix and match patterns and solids to create a dynamic contrast. Combining colors that are direct opposites on the color wheel intensifies their impact.You can really have fun with your pillows when your furniture is neutral. Two or three standout colors and a mix of patterns can add just the right visual punch. Breakfast nooks, sofas, and chairs are all prime real estate for placing colorful throw pillows and cushions.

Window Treatments

Window treatments are a great way to add color to a room. They provide a striking swath of color without the use of paint and create a focal point for your room. While full-length drapes are impractical for kitchens and baths, these spaces can still benefit from colorful window treatments. Mount curtain panels on the wall, near the ceiling, with the bottoms brushing the floor for a dramatic, colorful. Consider cafe curtains and valances in fun patterns and colors for the same effect. Experiment with different patterns, color combinations, and treatment styles to find which style works best with your windows.

Dress Up the Floor

Flooring takes up a large amount of a room’s visual space so why not use it to add some color? If you want to add a color in a way that will have a huge impact, consider a boldly colored area rug. An area rug can set the tone for the whole room, and a colorful rug makes for a colorful room. A large, colorful patterned rug really anchors a room and makes it more vibrant and will add some interest underfoot. A colorful throw rug, strategically placed in front of a chair or under a coffee table can add color and texture to a living room. It can be put on top of hardwood flooring, painted floors, or carpet. You can choose a contrast color, chosen from fabric you’re using in the room, or look for one with an interesting pattern that ties into the theme of your room. You can base a whole design on one gorgeous rug — clear out the space, add in the rug, and in that single move, you’ve added color, softness, and a palette to work from.

Upholstered Furniture

Every living room needs a sofa, so why not make yours stand out? In the living room, a winged chair upholstered in a graphic print adds an unexpected bit of color and pattern to spice up a neutral area. Brighten up a living room, nook, or bedroom with an upholstered piece in a standout color.


Accessories are a given when it comes to adding color, but the trick to success is placing them throughout the space. Colorful and shapely lamps will do more than just light up your space they’ll bring in color, too. Even if you have a traditional classic living room, you can add a point of interest by selecting a lamp or shade that is colorful or whimsical. Consider adding color in pairs for a more striking effect. . A vase or decorative object in a similar shade will do the trick, too

Color coordinate your books

If you have a large display for books, color-coordinating your favorite reads can be an easy way to make a statement. You can also use this area to place some other fun or sentimental colorful items as well.


A standard cream linen curtain can use a bright colored tassel as curtain ties to bring in color. Bold, colorful trim can be either part of a wild, eclectic look or actually a very livable element in a more sedate home. Because trim usually has a relatively small surface area, painting it a fun hue adds a pop of color and definite personality without adding as much drama as a full wall treatment. Even this little bit of a bright hue can make a big difference against a plain backdrop.

Remember: Black is a color, too. 

It is an old adage in interior design. By adding a black element you clarify and enhance all the other colors in the space. Though it’s not usually thought of as a bold color, black has the ability to ground the room and give the eye a place to rest. This can be easily done with accessories, like a rope trim around a pillow or a black shade on top of a lamp.







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