Tackling your own interior design projects can seem challenging, but the answer is all about adding pops of color that enhance — but don’t overwhelm — your space. Creating an accented neutral color scheme is the perfect way to transform any room, and it’s a lot easier than you may think. Plus, you can experiment with different color combinations and patterns, and it’s a great excuse to try out any bold accents you’ve been thinking about but have been hesitant to try.
From throw blankets and accent pillows to painted walls and indoor plants, you can easily accessorize any space with pops of color — no interior design experience required.
Accent pillows come in a rainbow of solid colors and bright patterns (plus a variety of shapes and sizes). This makes them an easy and inexpensive way to elevate, for example, a neutral living room with pops of color.
Throw blankets are a fun (and functional) way to incorporate color within living rooms and bedrooms. Choose a solid color or opt for a decorative design, such as stripes, circles, chevrons or herringbone. Go for funky and bold or simple and classic with a variety of colorful wallpaper, stencil selections or wall decals. Tables, bookcases, sofas, and ottomans are larger, bold statement pieces that come in a range of colors and patterns. Instantly transform a blank wall with framed photos, one larger painting, or a collection of smaller works of art. Consider adding a decorative memo board that can double as a spot to tack family photos and your to-do list.
Plus, many indoor plants have proven health benefits, including air purification properties. Similar to slipcovers, a duvet cover is an inexpensive way to elevate a neutral bedroom with pops of color.
These covers also serve double duty: Not only are they decorative and stylish, but they also protect duvets and comforters, which can be expensive and hard to clean. Tonal, stripes, geometric patterns, floral designs and patchwork — these are just some of the many options when it comes to rugs, which are also helpful ways to define areas within a space and complement your overall color scheme. From solid shades and bright florals to multicolored geometric designs and trendy patterns, there are numerous styles to suit any color palette. If you enjoy a good DIY project, consider updating an existing lamp by replacing the lampshade or adding a fresh coat of paint.
You can also create a lamp out of fun and unique household objects, such as glass bottles, lanterns, mason jars or terrariums. From full length options to stylish mirror sets, many feature decorative, colorful frames. Perhaps you have a collection (or have always wanted to start one) of interesting objects, such as bottles, vintage china or ceramic figurines.
If you’ve watched HGTV at all, you may have heard about this popular decorating concept that’s used to balance color.
This is also the time to play around with patterns and textures with the idea that a few bold pieces can add a lot to a space. Painting an accent wall or bookshelf, reupholstering chairs, and adding throw pillows to your sofa are just some examples of DIY color-friendly options that won’t break the bank.
For example, reds and oranges are more high impact and energetic, while greens and blues are often considered soothing and relaxing.