11 Clever Ways to add a Splash of Colour to Your Home

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with monochrome and neutrals, adding a splash of colour to your home is an easy way to transform your space. We all feel like a change every now and then, and a clever use of colour can turn your bedroom from a place to rest your head, to a romantic boudoir. Or your living room can go from a functional space, to a haven of relaxation. But this doesn’t mean you have to go and get the rollers out and invest in 50 litres of paint to decorate the whole house. In fact, just a pop of colour here and there can be enough.

With some thoughtful interior touches, you can liven up any room. And on a budget too. From pretty pastels, to decadent jewel tones and clashing patterns, it’s easy to turn your home into something bold and beautiful. Here are some simple ideas to get you started.

1. Colourful cushions

Perhaps the easiest way to add a pop of colour to an uninspiring living room is with nice plump cushions. They allow you to experiment with different colours and patterns without having to commit yourself to a repaint. Start with accessories to discover what you like, and then you’ll feel more confident with bigger decisions later. And don’t be afraid to mix up your textures too to create the perfect spot for kicking back and relaxing.

Three assorted coloured cushions on a black sofa
Credit: Sven Brandsma

2. Statement vases

Whether holding flowers, grouped in clusters or standing solo, coloured vases large and small can look great on a table, bookshelf or fireplace. Different patterns and textures provoke interest, and mixing glass, copper and ceramic vases create a quirky yet sophisticated display. Just make sure you put them out of reach of little ones, so the grandkids don’t create a new display of their own! See Amazon for some great ideas

3. Luxurious throws

A soft, well-placed throw is an elegant way of adding colour to your home. There are endless colour-ways, textures and sizes to choose from, and it’s a great way of giving new life to an old chair or sofa. Or drape at the end of your bed for instant style and sophistication. Choose colours which complement your bedding, or opt for clashing hues for an eclectic look. Throws make it easy to update your room without the need for a full makeover.

4. Feature wall

Colour can be comforting, and it sets the mood of a room. But sometimes a bright colour on all four walls can look a little overwhelming. Instead, opt for a ‘feature wall’ for a simple way to give a room a dramatic focal point. Buy a few paint tester pots to see which colours work in your space, and don’t be afraid to be bold and brave. If your room is already a neutral colour, choose a strong contrasting shade to give the space instant drama and depth. And strategically placed furniture can really help to emphasise your feature wall.

5. Stylish wallpaper

Wallpaper has come in and out of fashion over the years, and whether you love it or hate it, there’s no doubt it makes a statement. It’s an effective way to give personality to a room, whether you’re looking for bold or neutral, abstract or floral, textured or smooth – wallpaper offers endless ways to create an impact in any space. Solid-coloured, dark wallpapers create drama, while textured prints add a touch of luxury to a room. If bold or colourful prints aren’t for you, opt for a more understated option to achieve your perfect look. 

6. Inspiring artwork

Art has the power to lift moods, and change the spirit of a room. From digital prints to contemporary sculpture, the right artwork can instil a fresh vibe to your home. A colourful piece can be the perfect contrast in a neutral space, particularly if you rent your home and aren’t able to paint any walls. A stand out painting or print can become the focal point of a room and give you that wow factor without the need for a full makeover. Plus, you can take your artwork with you from home to home, making it a fantastic investment.

7. Elegant rugs 

A well-placed rug is a quick and easy way to give a room an instant makeover. It can quickly change the feeling of any space, just make sure you choose a rug that complements and accentuates your decor. A circular rug creates the illusion of more space, and adds soft contrast to the sharp edges of the room. While a square rug accentuates the symmetry of a space. Opt for bright colours and patterns to liven up a muted colour scheme, or a neutral rug to create a sense of calm.

8. Flower power

The green-fingered among you will know that plants aren’t just for the garden. Having indoor plants and flowers is a simple way to bring the outside in and to have a little nature in your home. Whether you live in a country house or the 14th floor of a tower block, you can display plants in pots, boxes or hanging containers. But plants not only look pretty, they can help to purify the air and reduce stress too. A sweet little Aloe is easy to keep as it doesn’t need a lot of watering, and peace lilies are beautiful and come in white, pink or purple, but they are toxic to cats (and dogs, too) so keep them out of reach if you have pets.

Orange and yellow flowers in small white vases
Credit: Maarten Deckers

9. Appliances that pop

If you have a bold, dark kitchen, add a pop of colour with vibrant, stand-out appliances. How about a retro red Smeg fridge, or a pretty pastel KitchenAid mixer? Even a matching kettle and toaster combo can add personality to your functional space. Another simple way to give your kitchen a fresh new look is to change up your cupboards. You can keep your existing units and just buy new doors to completely transform the room. Or add new tiles or a statement splash back for a cost-effective way to introduce colour to your kitchen.

10. Stand-out furniture

You can find stunning velvet sofas in just about every colour of the rainbow, making them the perfect stand-out piece for your living room. Deep, rich tones add a luxurious feel, and cute pastel shades will add plenty of personality to your room. Or take inspiration from your existing sofa when it comes to adding a vibrant splash of colour to your walls. A bold geometric design to complement the hues of the sofa can make a real statement, without the need for a complete redecoration.

11. Beautiful bedding

We all love the feeling of freshly washed bedding, with clean, crisp sheets, and plumped up pillows. And some nice colourful bed linen can brighten up your bedroom in an instant. Pretty florals, fun animal print, or bold block print patterns. Take it one step further and layer up cool clashing patterns, then bring in a throw to add texture and makeover complete! Sweet dreams all round. 

It’s easy to change up your home and add a pop of colour without the need for a full makeover. Just some brightly coloured towels, curtains or blinds can transform a room. Or even some new mugs and tableware. Just don’t be afraid to have fun with colour. After all, if you do change your mind, you won’t have to spend months and a small fortune to create another new look.

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