Looking for creative new ways to add colour and liveliness to your home? Expensive remodels, and excessive paint jobs are not the only way of making your home vibrant and beautiful. The process of turning your house into a bright and vibrant space can be extremely rewarding, but it never hurts to have some pointers. We have handpicked our favorite bright ideas to help you turn the home of your dreams into a reality.
The Little Things
In life it helps not to sweat the small stuff, but when it comes to adding colour to your home, small touches can have a huge effect. Adding splashes of color to existing furniture, for example, can be a simple and cost-efficient way to liven up your living area. Get some colorful pillows to brighten up a dull chair or a throw-rug to bring new colour to an old couch.
It can be a little counter-intuitive, but white walls can be much more effective than loud, paint jobs. White walls reflect all light sources, both natural and fixed, highlighting the colors you have. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of a splash of color. Painting the focal point of your living space to create a feature wall can be a great way to add color.
Don’t underestimate the power of bringing nature inside. Natural greenery is a great way to liven up a house and make it feel vibrant. Little touches like a plant in a corner or on a bench can make a huge difference. Likewise, making sure your garden is looking lush can be a great way to brighten up your home from the outside in.
Furniture gives character to our houses and makes our homes feel unique. Furniture can also be a great way to brighten up your living spaces. Consider a few new additions to make your home feel young again. A colourful new armchair or a set of vibrant new stools can be a great way to breathe life into your home with a splash of colour.
Don’t Forget the Exterior
Brighten up your house from the outside in with a new lick of paint. Old exterior paint jobs can make a home feel tired and old. A fresh paint-job, even if it’s just a white coat or a touch-up, can instantly make a house feel vibrant and new. First impressions count. Make sure you are doing everything you can to make your exterior just as beautiful as your interior.
Making sure your lighting is optimal is one of the most important things you can do to add colour to your home. There are plenty of ways to do this, but first, make sure that your fixed lighting is up to standard. Replacing light bulbs and cleaning light fixtures and shade can be a great way to make the colours of your home stand out. Likewise, installing lighting fixtures in key locations over a dining room table, for instance, can be a great way to make a room pop. Secondly, be sure that you are making the most of your natural light as well. Cleaning windows can be a simple yet effective way of letting that precious natural light in. Curtains can also make a room look dark and moody, consider a switch to blinds to lighten up your home.
Consider Colourful Upgrades
Update your kitchenware with new colorful additions. Many companies now offer vivid and vibrant colours for everyday appliances, and it can be a great way to add a splash of colour to a dull kitchen counter. So, if your kettle is on the fritz, consider a colourful new addition to your kitchen to breathe new life into your cooking space.
Keep it Clean
Cleaning up clutter is another simple way to make sure your home feels vibrant and fresh. Messy benches and cluttered corners make our living space feel small and dull. Cleaning up the clutter will accentuate your colour choices and make your home feel bright again. Same goes for your backyard, make sure garden tools are off the ground, and your outdoor area is clean and tidy. If you need more space, consider going vertical. Hang tools on an unused fence or the inside of a shed door. Never underestimate the power of a clean home. A clean house will instantly make your entire home feel brighter.
Breathing a bit of vibrance and colour can be as simple as focusing on a few new additions while taking advantage of colours you already have. Every home is different, but with a bit of work, adding color to your home can be a fun and enjoyable task. Get started now, and the home of your dreams will be closer than ever.
Harper is a freelance content writer based in Auckland, New Zealand. On her days off, you’ll often find her binge-watching home improvement shows or working on a new DIY project. Check out more of her published pieces on Tumblr.
Guest Contributor: Harper Reid