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8 Fabulous Ways to Add Color to Your Living Space

By: Harper Reid Guest Writer

Looking for creative ways to brighten up your living space? Over the top paint jobs and expensive remodels aren't the only way of bringing color into your home. With the right pointers, it can be as simple as focusing on a few new additions while making the most out of colors you already have. Keep reading for design tips to transform any dull room into a vibrant and visually striking living space. Make a start on our bright ideas now and your dream living space will be closer than ever.


Furniture gives character to our rooms and ultimately makes our houses feel like homes. Furniture can also be a great way to brighten up your living spaces. Consider a new addition such as a colorful armchair to a dull corner or new vibrant barstools to a simple kitchen counter. 


Adding accessories to existing furniture can also be an easy and inexpensive way to add color to your living space. Pillows and throw rugs, for example, can be a great way to brighten up an otherwise dull couch or chair. 

Keep the White

It might go against common sense, but white walls can be one of the best ways to add color to your living space. White walls reflect both natural and fixed light sources helping to brighten up areas and accentuate the colors you have. Making sure the white walls you have are clean and fresh is a great way to maximize this effect. 

Create a Feature Wall

Just because white may be the best primary paint choice doesn't mean you can't get creative. Consider having a feature wall. A small recess in a room or a smaller center wall can be a great place to add a splash of color. An eye-catching and vibrant feature wall creates a focal point in your living space, drawing attention to the colors you've chosen. This effect can be heightened with an array of colorful decorations. 

The sky's the limit here; you could even brighten up your home with a green wall. Vertical planters let you bring the best of the outdoors indoors and are great if you have limited space in your garden.

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You don't need to add decorations to every square inch of your wall space, but some well-placed art can be a great way to add some character to a simple wall. Art shouldn't require taking out a new home loan, either. There are lots of gorgeous prints online that, with a simple frame, can make powerful new additions to your living space. Be sure also to research simple ways to hang the art that you have more effectively. 


Good lighting is vital in making the colors that you already have stand out. Not all lightbulbs are created equal. Replacing your lightbulbs is a simple task that can do wonders for the lighting in your home. Installing ceiling fixtures in key locations like a lounge or a dining room can also make your preexisting color choices pop. Be sure to maximize your home's natural light as well. Roller blinds can be a great way to lighten a space that may look moody with large bulky curtains. 

Keep it Clean

Clutter can make an otherwise bright room feel dim. Removing clutter will help draw attention to the natural colors in your space and instantly make any room feel brighter. 

Regular cleaning of light fittings and ceiling fixtures can also be a great and inexpensive way to make your home feel brighter. Similarly, cleaning windows inside and out will give your home a lot of natural light and make a world of a difference.

Update your accessories

More and more companies are offering vivid and eye-catching appliances to their collection. A brightly colored kettle, for example, can be a great way to add a splash of color to a simple kitchen benchtop. If an appliance is getting old or starting to break, consider a vivid new addition to your home.

Every space is different but with a bit of creativity and a little work adding color to your home can be a simple and enjoyable task. Get started now, and your dream home will be closer than ever.

Author bio:   In the comfort of her own little space, Auckland-based content writer Harper has penned articles for various blogs and sites. She’s also known for her love for interior design, coffee and cookies! Discover more of her work on Tumblr.

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