Incorporating color in our homes can be overwhelming. It's a commitment issue. What if I paint the walls red and then change my mind a few months later? What happens when the trend changes? Here are five ways you can incorporate color into your home without having to truly commit to a specific color, theme, or trend.
Rugs can be pretty expensive, but are easy to move around and change for a different look. Some rugs become an anchor that brings the entire room together. For example, in my living room, the rug is red, tan, blue, and black. The red matches the artwork, knick knacks, and side chair. The tan ties in with the neutral tan walls and the sofa. The hint of blue highlights the blue pillows and blue lamp, and the black matches the side table and coffee table. It all compliments and works together as a "team."
Adding color to furniture can be a little more of a commitment, but it makes a large impact if you're going for a bold look. My bedroom has a lot of neutral pieces except for my bed and a vintage mustard yellow chair (pictured above). Those two pieces set the tone—bold, vintage, and bright. Choose a piece that you want to be your focal point and go with it! The great thing about paint is that you can always change it.
As I shared in Decorating on a Peanut Butter and Jelly Diet: How To Secondhand Score, I always look for books at garage sales and thrift stores. Why? They add interest, height, and color to a bland piece of furniture. If you have a piece of furniture that needs a little boost, add a fun and colorful book.
I use art as a broad term because it can mean art on your wall or knick knacks on your book shelf. Either way, art is a great way to add a pop of color. For your wall, hanging a piece of art can break up empty space, or, if you live in a rental where you can't paint the walls, it can give them a little personality. For your shelf or side table, add colorful knick knacks like the owl above.
Pillows can make a huge difference whether they're on a bed, chair, or sofa. Not only do they add color, but they add texture, warmth, and comfort as well. You could even make your own custom colored throw pillows from unwearable sweaters (Tutorial: Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cute Throw Pillow).
What items can you incorporate into your space to add color? Be brave! Share with us in the comments how you add color into your home.
Images: skarpekta86 (top); Other images by Bonnie Getchell