Easy ways to add color to your home
Into the blue
Give your kitchen attitude with a surprising burst of wall color. Bold blue makes white cabinetry and framed photos pop. To balance the cool hue, bring in accents on the warm end of the color wheel, like a mod orange vase or butter yellow stand mixer. And use what you've got: Fresh fruits and veggies become instant art on a countertop.
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When it comes to your bedroom, think back to your Crayola box. Bright red creates drama, even if you paint just one wall. Don't be afraid to add splashes of black with pillows, bedding, and lampshades, or even on the headboard paneling. You might cringe at the idea of pairing red and green, but the right shade of moss will really mellow out the look.
Create an inviting entryway with a rich tone like orange that begs to be noticed the moment you walk through the door. Painting the opposite wall another warm shade like deep yellow creates depth (hint: adding a wall mirror enhances the effect). Also, play with patterns. A scrolled rug and floral furniture complement the color scheme without overpowering it.
Home offices are all about efficiency, so their colors should be anything but sleepy! Keep the energy level up with a combo of high-contrast hues like apple green, orange, and espresso. Multicolored file folders and a funky chair cushion add even more eye-catching appeal.
Who knew books and tchotchkes could make such a stylish statement? Grouping similarly hued objects brings focus to a cluttered bookcase. Stagger your boldest colors on key shelves, like the top, bottom, and middle, leaving neutral space in between. You can also create this look on a windowsill, console table or nightstand.
Serene living room
Tying two tranquil colors like aqua and celery together creates a serene living room look. Unite your two major color players in a graphic-print rug for even more visual interest. Trick: Paint your walls a slightly lighter shade than one of the dominant colors. It'll echo the vibe without looking too matchy-matchy.