We all need a little bit of colour in our lives. Colour sets the mood and the tone of the home but when it comes to decorating and adding colour, we tend to focus on the walls, leaving the interior styling and furniture as an afterthought. Here at The Wooden Furniture Store, we think when it comes to creating beautiful interiors, it pays to get creative with colour. Over the last 12 months we’ve seen the return of bolder interior colours as homeowners become more confident of their decorating choices and embrace dramatic hues. While the delicate neutrals and Scandi grays will remain popular, vibrant colour is becoming a chic alternative. So, whether you want a pop or burst here and there, or you want to pack a colourful punch, we’ve got some creative and unexpected ways to add a little more color to your home this Spring.
Paint an accent wall
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You will find that you can add a real punch of colour by painting just one wall in a room. This will really change the focal point without getting into a major decorating project and make the room look more interesting, you can zone different areas, change the proportions of a space or simply make it look even more beautiful. An empty nook or alcove could be the perfect spot and accent walls can work just as well in a neutral colour, as a bright one.
Add some painted furniture
It takes courage to use bright colour on our walls and it makes us gulp all the more at the prospect of owning a piece of furniture in a bold colour. Bright colours in furniture are rejuvenating – it’s unexpected and a breath of fresh air. Our new Rushbury Painted collection is ‘classic English’ in terms of styling, with its traditional shape and clean lines but it available in a choice of six different colourways including five engine red (or vintage pebble if you’re not feeling quite so brave!). The collection is specially designed for the living and dining room is hand finished in the UK to accentuate the natural beauty of the knots, textures and shading of the timber that’s used. With it’s eye catching combination of contrasting oiled oak top and hand painted surface, each piece comes with a choice of two elegant handle designs for that individual finish.
Start a collection
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A grouping of accessories in the same colour can add an impactful and non-permanent pop of colour to your space. What about some coloured glassware? You could set aside your mantlepiece to arrange interesting bottles, vases, and vessels. Leave space to add to the collection over time and stick to different shades of the same colour family for a coordinated look.
Try a touch of mother nature
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Perhaps the easiest and most versatile way to add a touch of colour to your space, is simply the addition of bright, colourful flowers. Whether it’s an ornate arrangement or a simple grouping, a vase or large bowl of flowers can instantly transform your space. They are temporary and portable, so that you can test out different locations for your arrangement to find a spot where you feel most comfortable adding a splash of colour.
Put some colour on the floor
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A colourful rug, strategically placed in front of a chair or under a coffee table can add colour and texture to a living room. You can choose a contrasting colour, chosen from fabric you’re using in the room, or look for one with an interesting pattern that ties into the theme of your space.
Accentuate existing features
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You can use colour to highlight an everyday aspect of your home and have it make a statement in the process. Why not paint the individual steps on your staircase in graduating shades? Steps and staircases can often get forgotten but they are a great resource, offering the possibility to do something fabulously decorative that doesn’t cost the earth.
Style an open cabinet
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Don’t let all your kitchenware sit behind closed doors, instead, let it become the star of the show. Why not line up coloured plates on an open shelf, or stack multicolored plates and bowls to make a pretty feature out of your kitchen storage?
Create a gallery wall
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Art is not only a great way to personalize a space, it can also bring colour into a room. You don’t need an extensive collection of fine art, simply a few colour paintings, posters or photographs will do. Hanging art on your walls will not only give your walls an instant pop of colour, but the paintings will add another layer of texture and dimension to your space.
Add a colourful dining chair
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Bring pops of colour into your home and make a statement with a single piece of furniture. Painting vintage furniture is a perfect way to add new life to something old. How about painting a dining chair? It’s much easier and more fun than painting the whole kitchen, and you can change the colour whenever the mood strikes!
Get your books in (colour) order
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Whether you love it, hate it (or just love to hate it) if you’re an interiors fan, then you’ve definitely noticed the trend toward color-coded bookshelves in recent years. What began as a styling trick for magazines now pops up in homes the world over. A colour coordinated bookshelf makes a great visual impact and makes make art out of everyday items. Organizing books by colour looks more streamlined, vibrant, and conscious.
Update kitchen accessories
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You can instantly add colour and change the tone of your room by changing or layering your accessories. Add a shot of colour to your kitchen with plates, bowls, glasses and utensils in a range of delicious hues. Storage canisters are an on-trend and practical kitchen addition, as is an exposed shelf to display colourful pieces.
Have you been brave with colour recently? How did you introduce it to your home? We’d love to hear your tips, so comment below.