As a self-confessed colour lover, there is nothing that I love more than immersing myself in a rainbow of colours, textures and prints. From floral prints, with exaggerated digital blooms to bold pillar box red, I see the world as an infinitely better place, when its navigated through colour. After all, when you bring colour into your Instagrammable home, you are using colour psychology to create an emotionally healthy home. When you use the principles of colour therapy to infuse your home with happy memories, you bring yourself pure, unadulterated joy. Creating happiness at home is vital to our mental and physical wellbeing, and boosts our immune system, productivity and satisfaction in life.
Research shows that the colours we use in our home can affect our mood, energy levels and choices. While perceptions of colour are somewhat subjective, there are some colour effects that have universal meaning. Green is a soothing hue associated with harmony, tranquility, and is known to diffuse anxiety. Blue encourages a powerful sense of calm, bringing colour into your home, whilst managing your stress. Red on the other hand is a mixed colour, used universally to signify danger, courage, strength, and power.
Typically speaking, warm colors tend to be more uplifting and cool colours tend to be more calming.Although these responses are subjective, creating an emotionally-healthy home through colour choices is catching on as an interior design trend. Whether you are a full fledged colour maven, are converting from a minimalist to a semi-colour clown, or want to take a tentative dip into colour, creating a colourful home does not have to be scary. When designing your home, you should think about how you want it to make you feel.
Do you want your home to be a tranquil haven, where visitors can relax, chill and unwind? Or perhaps you want to create uplifting interiors that are energizing, helping you and your loved ones feel pumped, inspired and motivated everytime you enter the house. Whatever the emotional response you are trying to convey, think carefully about your colour choices, to create a house that remains authentic to you. Do pale, minimalist colours like white, cream and grey leave you feeling uninspired? Add a tropical print accent wall to add interest to your home.
If you are looking to tackle a summer home makeover, then swapping out minimalist decor for fun graphic paintings, textured wall hangings and fresh bold flowers, can make your home appear eye-catching. To create an aesthetically pleasing summer home, you don’t need to completely renovate the whole house, but adding statement art pieces, and mixing textures and prints can really help visitors see your personality. This guide will show you how to bring colour into your home the right way, and to identify colours that can bring you joy.
So if you are looking for easy ways to bring colour into your home and don’t know where to start, this interior design guide will show you how you can add simple pops of colour to your home, whether that is through a single accent wall, art posters, creating colour therapy on a budget or balancing out the colours in your home with Laminate Flooring. Create a ‘Faded Spring’ approved bright and colourful home today, that will make you excited to come home. What’s more your visitors will be so dazzled, that they’ll leave wanting more, more, more!
Go Bold With Colourful Art Statement Pieces
One of the most fabulous ways to turn your home into a colour lovers paradise, is by investing in art statement pieces. Hanging beautiful art on your walls not only gives your walls a much needed dose of colour, but it also adds texture, dimension and transforms your home into a cultural haven. Whether your art is a homage to impressionism, is abstract, or dabbles in surrealism circa a’la Salvador Dali, your art choices share a glimpse into your personality. For example my colourful Cubist inspired painting might suggest that I am bold, colourful and outspoken.
When you decorate your home with art, you are allowing your friends and family to have a unique snapshot of who you are beyond surface level impressions. You might be quiet and introverted but your colourful Cubist tribute to Pablo Picasso might suggest that you are loud in the ways that matter, using your art to tell your story, in ways that words cannot. Art after all is a powerful form of visual expression. Personality aside, art helps add character to your home, especially when you have simple surroundings that allow your art to take center stage.
Even if you are not a colour lover, art pieces allow you to add subtle splashes of colour, even in the most minimalist of homes. Just don’t feel afraid to try out bold prints and mixed media collages, even if you are new to colour matching, textures and prints in your home. Start small at first; you might have a small mantlepiece in your home that is yearning for a photo frame to complete its collection. You can use a baby blue frame to add colour, while the photo inside can be your favourite family photo, creating colour while retaining happy memories.
By mixing colour with ‘memories’ you frame your perception of colour, and this will help you to feel more confident with larger art statement pieces as time goes on. If you (like me) are not afraid to experiment with colour, textures and prints in your home, then you will live by the motto that the bigger the better applies. Be bold with your art statement choices. It can be a vintage mirror that you found in the charity shop, that you have upscaled by painting its frame bright red, to complement the red and black kitchen, that is bursting with colour.
Oversized art in particular is a great way to utilize empty wall space that has been crying out for attention. Proving the point that bigger is better, oversized art, photography and mixed media pieces can create a focal point in your home without having to pick up a paintbrush! Just one painting can change the vibe of your home completely, and can even add space to your home, especially on windowless walls! After all, murals can make even the smallest of rooms look larger, and add a layer of personality to your humble abode.
Use Laminate Flooring To Balance Out The Colours In Your Home
When you are looking to bring colour into your home, you have to create a balance between ‘colourful’ and ‘garish’, which is often a fine line to tread. Let’s say that you have a pastel yellow wall in your living room, that screams springtime antics. Chances are, you are not going to want a pastel yellow floor to match, because there will be no distinction between your ‘wall’ and your flooring. While in clothing creating a monochromatic colour palette works because of the different textures you can use, when it comes to the colour of the floor that you use, it can have a dramatic impact on the way that a space looks and feels. It also affects how someone might see the size of your room.
For example when you use a light colour like a muted brown, cream or white, it makes a room appear larger because it ‘opens up’ your space, whereas darker colours like blacks can make a space, especially a bedroom, appear small. As we all know the colours we use create an emotional response, so light coloured floors, particularly in bathrooms help create light, depth and dimension. It makes your bathroom more comfortable to use because the space feels light and airy. However the perception of flooring colour can change when the floors use texture.
If your flooring uses prints, has patterns or timber grain, this can all contribute to how a person understands space in your home. One thing to take into account however is how you use light monochromatic colours to balance out the vivid colours in your home. When we use light coloured floors it can work well as a base for more colourful walls or paintings as mentioned above. However to add interest, why not try laminate flooring, which is effortlessly chic, adds authencity to your home and is budget friendly, meaning more buck for less.
You can use natural oak flooring to bring nature back into your house, with artificial green tropical plants to create a welcoming vibe. If you want to create a modern minimalist home with pops of colour, then you should use tiled laminate flooring for bathrooms and kitchens. Marble, mosaic and stone effects are great modern effects for laminate flooring, and add sophistication and elegance to your home. Just be aware that too much white in a room can make a space look sterile or clinical, so even minimalists should think about using colour accents.
If you are really excited about having a colourful floor, then make sure that your walls are pale in colour, as bright walls and matching floors can be distracting.Either you have colourful walls and a lighly coloured floor, or you have minimalist walls and a brightly coloured floor, so that the colours are complementary. Just remember to have fun and experiment with colours for your floors and wall that match your personality!
Use A Single Accent Colour To Bring Colour Into Your Home
Speaking of colour, using a single accent colour helps highlight a ‘focal point’ in your house, to make the space in your home dynamic and interesting. Accent colours can play a key part in achieving harmony, adding small, vibrant doses of contrasting hues that help draw your attention, create visual interest and make your home appear in sync. In living rooms for example, a bold accent wall that uses colours such as emerald greens, baby blues or even a wallpaper print, helps elevate your living space, without going overboard on colour.
When you use a single accent wall, you are adding colour to your house, without shoving colour down people’s throats. If you are a little more understated when it comes to your use of colour, then accenting one wall still helps you create a bright and colourful room that retains elegance and sophistication. Let’s say you want to transform your ‘sterile’ and clinical looking bathroom into a colour wonderland. You can add a deep emerald green wall, that contrasts with the other white walls, while accessorizing with green accessories.
This could be a deep green rug to match the green accent wall, green curtains or blinds, or simple features such as toothbrush holders, handwash or soap basins that match the accent colour. This will contrast against the otherwise simple white bathroom, and help open up your bathroom to make it look warm and inviting. Accent colours don’t have to be limited to just walls either, as you can create an accent colour like red that appears throughout your home, whether that be your kitchen surfaces, your bathroom headboard or use of art!
Another way to use ‘accent colours’ is to highlight features in your home such as panelling, cut-outs and frames that are part of your home design. If your home has gold panelling, and you want to give it a colourful update you can use a beautiful shade of pastel blue to create to create demure but stand out panelling features, that are juxtaposed against a baby pink wall. The use of pastel blue and baby pink are tried and tested colour combinations that look gorgeous together, and will make your panelled wall look equisite! Make sure the blue is a brighter shade than the pink however, as you want the panelling to stand out, so the colours don’t blend in.
If you want to get adventorous you can highlight your home’s quirky architectural features, by adding interest to skylights, bay windows, skirting boards and picture rails in a juxtaposing bright colour so you bring colour into your home. You can even get creative, and start a new DIY project, by creating a stylish office at home, and making a functional room look fun! For example contrasting a crisp emerald green with baby pink, while mixing textures such as pleather, velvet and vegan silk really hone in adding interest to a home office without looking tacky.
Incorporate Flowers And Plants For A Touch Of Green
Bringing nature into your home is not only aesthetically pleasing, but indoor plants and flowers improve concentration and productivity, reduce stress levels and boost your mood. If like me you work from home, you want to be able to create that distinction between ‘work and play’ and plants in particular can help break up your day. Indoor plants serve a practical and aesthetic purpose that will enhance your life and increase your satisfaction. Equally a colourful flower arrangement brings nature indoors, while adding glorious colours to your home.
It gives you the impression that you are in a natural environment, as opposed to a hustling and bustling city, and the scent of certain flowers can help you feel more relaxed and happy in general. If you look at colourful blooms like Tulips, Roses and Chrysanthemums, colour therapy shows that these flowers not only elevate your space but also your mood. Yellow Chrysanthemums symbolize optimism, joy and drives confidence, clarity and contentment. In contrast pink tulips encourage emotions of kindness, compassion and affection.
Perhaps the most popular flower arrangement of them all are red roses, evocative of love, passion and the heart, which is exactly what you want in your home. In colour therapy the colour red is assertive, in control and stimulates physical energy, allowing you to incorporate colour into your home that isn’t just ‘beautiful to look at’ but also evokes a powerful emotional response. With greenery, plants are just as powerful.
In particular, the ‘Devil’s Ivy’, Sansevieria (aka the Snake Plant) and Peace Lilly are renowned for instilling peace and tranquility at home, despite the scary sounding names. The Devil’s Ivy helps improve the air quality in your home, and is considered one of the most effective indoor air purifiers for removing common toxins. Whether you use it in hanging baskets, trailing off shelves or on window frames, this indoor plant thrives in low-lighting conditions. Its long stems can bring dimension to dimly lit rooms and create airy space.
The Snake Plant is also a houseplant favourite, which protects against airborne allergies and harmful toxins. In culture it has been dubbed a ‘lucky plant’ because of its ability to absorb poisonous gases from the air, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. With over 70 varieties of Snake Plant available, you can mix and match the plants to create varying shades of green in your home. The Peace Lilly is also calming, a low-maintenance plant that represents peace, prosperity and tranquility. Want something budget friendly? Opt for artificial plants and florals!
Add Colourful Pillows And Throws For A Splash Of Colour
If you want to bring colour into your home but are on a budget, adding colourful pillows and throws to your home won’t break the bank. Add burts of delicious colour with strategically placed toss pillows that match the vibe of your home. If you are creating a minimalist understated home, with small splashes of accent colours, then you’ll want simple pillows in block colours such as dark greens and purples that accents the other pieces in the room. Let’s say that you have a dark purple accent wall. Why not use plush royal purple velvet pillows to match the majestic vibe?
Want to mix things up? If you are creating a rainbow home that wouldn’t look out of place in a kid’s TV show, then throw out the rule book, and make each pillow a different colour of the rainbow, contrasted against a plain block colour sofa, so they stand out. You can even play with different prints and textures, by mix and matching patterns such as polka dot with plaid, in the same tonal range to create cohesion. Choose solid colour pillows for floral furnishings, and patterned pillows for solid colours for a dazzling array of stunning colour.
Its not just pillows that get to have all the fun either. Upgrade your throws and blankets, by taking them out of your bedroom and draping them over a neutral chair or sofa in the living room. Whether you opt for a psychotropical bloom blanket, an oversized faux fur throw or a soft handmade tartan quilt, don’t be afraid to play with texture, colour and size. If you want to bring colour into your home gradually, then choose a stand out colour like teal blue, postbox red or flamingo pink, for living room comfort pieces that accent your room.
Colour purists might have the urge to turn their whole home into a colour wonderland, but incorporating a colourful aesthetic really works best when you keep your surroundings simple. If your home uses a white and black colour scheme, with accented red and black paintings, then you can use this as your base colour for throws and pillows, so that colours do not clash, but complement each other well. Even one small blanket or throw can inject personality into your room, whether that is the lounge, bedroom or study to create a fun home.
Use Statement Lighting To Create Colour At Home
Whether you can splash the cash or are saving up, you don’t need a massive budget to add colour and character to your home. Using statement lighting helps add colour and personality into a living room, without leaving you broke. You can scour charity shops for vintage lampshades, chandeleirs and desk lights, and upcyle your charity shop finds into fixtures that will add something new to your own home.
Whether you design your own colourful lamp, use an imaging tool to create a ‘printed design’ for your lamp, or salvage broken lamps into statement lighting pieces, colour does not have to be overwhelming. You can buy a new lamp, revamp a lamp or update a shade to add interest.Want to add dimension? A colourful pendant light helps elevate your bedroom, living room or hallway in a dramatic way.
Colourful pendants have interchangeable colours, meaning that you can change your lighting from green to blue, to bold with ease, and are subtle, but still impactful. If your favourite colour is blue, choose pastel colours to add tranquility, while grassy greens are calming and reds are energizing. It’s not just colours that can create statement lighting pieces, but shapes, size and patterns too. For example I have a wonderful LED green cactus light that looks amazing in the dark, and as a stand alone ornament on my mantlepiece.
Novelty lights are great fun, and give a great insight into your personality traits, what you like, and what your personal style looks like. With my cactus light you would be able to see that I love using colours and shapes to express myself, and see lighting as a work of art, rather than just a light that remains underappreciated in my room.Whether you choose fairy lights to add romantic sparkle to your room, have novelty Rick and Morty lights to pay tribute to your favourite show or a cute Pusheen glow in the dark light, the sky really is the limit!
Looking for something a little less out there? Take inspiration from the Art Deco renaissance, and invest in orb lighting to brighten up your home the colourful way. You can upcycle the orbs and spray paint them in your favourite pastel or bold colours, while still retaining the glamour of the Roaring Twenties by pairing it with a gold or silver hue. You can use a gold wire pendant shade to frame a spherical bulb, or create a gorgeous desk lamp with small orbs wrapped around it, for a different take on office decor chic. You like?
Highlight The Magic Of Reading With A Rainbow Bookcase
Ah nothing says magic quite like a well-filled book shelf, with childhood classics, historical fiction romances and fantasy cult favourites that captivate our imagination and hearts. Whether you are an avid reader, are collecting your own library or use books as a decorative house feature, even the books themselves can help bring colour into your home. Use books with bright covers and items of decor to add another level of colour to your bookcase. You can also create a colourful book theme, were red book covers are paired with contrasting blue books.
Books are a work of art, and whether you colour match your books, have a random array of colour, or add trinkets, photo frames and candles to your bookshelf, your rainbow bookcase is destined to attract the magic of reading. Want to up-cycle a minimalist bookcase? You can paint each shelf a different colour of the rainbow to make it stand out, use a block primary colour like green or paint the back interior walls a pretty colour to add dimension to your bookshelf and your room.
If you are looking for tips to colour code your bookshelves, you might choose to follow the colour theory, pairing colours that complement each other on the colour wheel. For example reds and oranges, yellows and greens, blues and purples all complement each beautifully, but don’t be afraid to mix them up. Lighter blues look gorgeous with softer greens, and oranges look insane with muted yellows. You should also note that colour coding your books, work best against a white or solid colour book shelf, to create the illusion of space.
Adding colour to your bookshelves has endless styling possibility. You might find that a lot of your books are black and white, or gold, but always add little splashes of colour in each section to add interest. You might only have 5 purple books so add this to your black and white section, while colours like blues, reds and greens that you have more of can have bookshelves to themselves. Obviously it depends on how much space you have, and how big your bookshelf is, but don’t be afraid to mix up colours and patterns, even if it is done subtly.
How Do You Bring Colour Into Your Home?
Please note this is a collaborative post but all thoughts are my own and are not affected by monetary compensation. As always I offer my unfiltered and unbiased opinions, and have been paid for my time to create this content. I would love to know how you bring colour into your home!