Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Home is a reflection of you and one of the best ways to do that is through color. Color is more than a collection of tints and shades, it has more impact on our mood than anything else and can influence the look of our home more than we realize. Color psychology has been studied for decades with recent findings revealing just how powerful color truly is in the home. Size and style can change by simply selecting different colors for your furniture, accent pieces, or wall color. As color plays such a vital role in the atmosphere and presentation of the home it can feel a little overwhelming or even intimidating to make color choices. We have compiled a list of 15 simple ways you can add color to your home.
Sometimes a little splash of color is all it takes to brighten up a room. Accent pieces are also a great tool for layering in a room as they provide depth and interest. Some ideas for accent pieces are:
Decorative colored glass
Accent pieces allow you to add a touch of you to the space whether that is your bedroom, living room, or home office. You can shop local businesses such as anique stores to find unique items. Greenbrook Design is also a dealer for shops such as ETU Home and Moe’s, both companies provide specialty pieces that will reflect you in the home.
Furniture is a critical piece of the design since it not only serves as a functional element but aesthetically too. We select furniture based on its practicality, durability, and character. Color is also another great factor in the decision making process since it can make a lovely statement in a room. A beautiful green couch, a soft gray side table, or a blue bookcase adds color in an elegant way to any space while serving a purpose. When choosing your furniture it is best to limit it to one to two colors so it presents a cohesive and unified design style.
Art is one of the oldest forms of color therapy. The beauty of a landscape or the calm of the seaside have brought joy to those who look at it. The blending of colors to create an array of art can add just the touch needed to any room. Photographs are also a great option as they add color and personalization to the space. Consider hanging a large piece as a focal point or create a gallery with smaller pictures or photographs.
Light is an important element in the room but light fixtures have evolved to become more than just an additional source of illumination. Wood, metal, and glass come together to create stunning fixtures that will add more than just some sparkle. They now can dazzle and delight you as well as guests with color and elegance. Floor lamps, wall sconces, desk lamps, pendants, and chandeliers are some of the options available to you that can transform your home.
Rugs are a fun way to bring color, texture, and pattern into any space. They can help define a space or accent certain pieces. From oval to square and large to small, rugs can give warmth and be a focal point in rooms such as the living and dining areas. They can also be a layering tool that adds color and depth to the home.
Black and white tile gives contrast, hardwoods give warmth and bring a sense of nature indoors, patterns of color give visual interest. Flooring is one of the most practical elements in design but it has developed into more over the years. Patterned tile has allowed homeowners to bring more color into the room and have more fun doing it. They can also exercise some creative ways they want to accomplish it such as mosaic tiling or bold color choices in spaces that used to be more traditional such as bathrooms. Flooring options today will give you multiple ways to add some color into your rooms.
This is a great way to add color to the kitchen whether that is through bold choices like splashes of orange and yellow or more contrasting options like black and white or gray and blue. Backsplashes are available in multiple options, sizes, and styles that allow you to have more freedom in picking colors that reflect your personality.
An accent wall is a wonderful way to add color to the room, it can also influence the size of the room as well along with providing depth. When doing an accent wall, it should be only one and the main focal point as well. It is also a good thing not to heavily decorate the accent wall since it would take away from the purpose. You can also do wood instead as that adds texture as well as color.
No one does color like Mother Nature and bringing in some plants indoors can make the room come alive and has a lot of benefits. Simple green plants like Aloe can make a statement in a more neutral color palette just as well as flowers. Both are great color options for a room.
Decorative mirrors can provide you with your reflection but the frames can be an easy way to add color to a drab hallway or bathroom. Dark, light, or contrasting colors are available from many manufacturers now.
Since windows are standard in just about every room they can be a great way to bring some color into the space. Window treatments come in multiple styles and patterns allowing you to get both function and elegance in one thing. They also offer protection from the sun’s rays on those hot afternoons.
Dishes are a practical item in the home but some are just too pretty to hide away. Those colorful plates you love so much or the colored glasses you adore can be the perfect way to add pops of color to the kitchen when using glass front cabinet doors. It is also a good opportunity to show off some of your grandmother’s beautiful heirloom dishes for everyone to see.
For some a blanket is necessary no matter what time of year it is which means incorporating a fun colored blanket into your living room or family area adds some nice color to the room while being practical at the same time. You can drape them across the back of the couch or keep it folded for you or your furry companion to use when needed.
These make a great canvas to fill with color such as lovely books with colorful covers, special family momentos, or the things you love to showcase like an award. Bookshelves are a wonderful way to add some color into a space but neatly.
We always say that hardware is the jewelry to cabinets and with manufacturers designing more elaborate choices there are more options for you to choose. Contrasting or blending, both are great ways to add some extra color to your bathroom or kitchen.
Just a little more color
Don’t forget to have fun with color, it is meant to be enjoyed and brighten up a home. There are so many ways to enjoy color now so take time to browse through different places or come visit our showroom where we have multiple decor and furniture choices for you to purchase. We would love to help you add just a little more color to your home.