May 05 2010

Bring Your Home To Life With Color

Published by at 9:33 am under Interior Design & Decorating

Do you often feel that something is lacking when you walk into your home? You may find that things just look dull, flat, and well—to put it bluntly—a little boring. People often make the mistake of decorating their home in white, beige, brown, and other bland, monotonous colors. For a room to have personality and interest, you need color! Whether you choose to add little splashes here and there or big bold accents, color can really change the way you look at your home.

Every home can have personality. You want a décor that’s vibrant, one that will attract the eye. You won’t be able to spark much interest with lifeless colors such as beige and white. This doesn’t mean you need to use colors like bright red and passionate purple. However, a few great colors can really liven up the place. Here are some great colors tips to help you transform your home from drab to dramatic.

Transform the Walls
Painting your walls is one of the biggest transformations you can make while staying within your budget. However, before you start, you need to consider the colors you’re going to use in your furnishings and accents. All your colors should either complement or contrast one another. If springtime hues are your thing, consider using bright greens, peaches, yellows, and blues. If you go with spring green, hang a botanical print on that wall for a cheery, springtime feel.

No matter what colors you choose, try painting only one or two walls, leaving the rest white. With this you can really add some dimension to the room. You might also paint the baseboards a contrasting color or a much deeper shade of the same color.

Floors Are for More Than Just Walking!
When looking at the complete picture, people often neglect to include their floors. Whatever flooring you have—whether it’s wood floors, tile or carpet—can be dressed up. Liven up those wood or tile floors by topping them with brightly colored accent rugs in strategic areas. Add rugs with patterns that reflect the rest of your décor. Floral, plaid, abstract, or geometric patterns all work—whatever suits your style of decorating. You can use area rugs even if you only have carpeting. They can be placed in front of the couch or in the center of a furniture grouping where you often entertain.

What About Furnishings?
This is the point where you will really start to have fun. People are often afraid to mix and match patterns. But if you have a floral sofa containing bright hues of green, yellow, and blue, don’t be afraid to add striped and plaid throw pillows containing those same colors. The result is simply stunning and the look will amaze you. You can also get a big bold splash of colors with some throws or tapestries. For solid-colored furnishings, use large throw pillow with loud patterns, brightly colored throws, or even a colorful quilt thrown over the back of the sofa.

When you want to liven up a dull look, the key is color and pattern. So get going and use your imagination, incorporating all the colors you love. So grab some paint, a few area rugs, some throw pillows and tapestries, and other accents, and get started!

Color allows you to add personality and energy to your home without spending a lot of money. The look and atmosphere of a room can be completely transformed for very little cost. If you’re looking for some bang for your buck, go with big splashes of color. Go ahead! With a little daring, you’ll never enter a boring room in your home again.

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