Adding color to your home is an easy and affordable way to make a home feel cozy and to express your individual personality. You can add color with paint, furniture, pillows, window treatments
Paint can change the whole look of a room to create a huge impact. Unless you are using a truly neutral color—like cream or beige—pick your paint color based on furniture, artwork or bedding.
Each color evokes its own psychological and physiological emotions, so choose your color based on the function of the room you are painting. For example, blue is a calming, relaxing color. The color is good for bedrooms but can destroy the mood in a dining room as it serves as an appetite suppressant.
Before you start, consider whether or not your will be selling your home in the near future to determine if you want to play it safe or if you dare to go bold in your color choice. Living is different than selling, so don’t be afraid to go bold if that suits your taste, but be willing to paint back to “neutral” when you put your home on the market.
Color in Furniture
Colorful furniture, whether solid or patterned, can make a significant change in your space. Stick to a neutral color when purchasing a large, expensive piece of furniture, such as a sofa that you want to last a long time. A colorful side chair will add interest at a much lower cost. Colors and patterns go out of style much faster than neutrals; you may be more willing to replace a chair than a sofa if the style becomes dated.
If your furniture is neutral, spice it up is with colorful throw pillows. They are easy to mix and match and are relatively inexpensive to change for a different look.
Curtains & Accessories
Window treatments, including curtains and valances, can be an easy and relatively inexpensive way to change the look of a room and add color. You can create a completely different feeling in a room with the texture, color and pattern of a curtain.
Accessories, such as art, vases and knick-knacks can be used to add “pops” of color and transform the feel of a room. If your budget is tight, try shopping right in your home first to change around your existing accessories to create a new look. You can group together similarly colored items or you can also spread out a single color in your home to make it feel cohesive throughout.
Don’t be afraid to create a new look to one room or your entire home by adding pops of color.
Lisa Thompson, PhD is a scientist, interior designer and spiritual visionary. She has united her knowledge, skills and passions of science, interior design, color theory, space planning, feng shui and spirituality to create Sacred Soul Space Design.