A Beginner’s Guide to Adding Color to Interior Design
Looking for a way to take your home from lack luster to invigorating? There’s a simple solution for that: merely add dashes of color! We’re not talking about brazenly splashing bold colors on every inch and corner of the room, hiding any sign of neutrality; we’re talking about strategically incorporating the colors you have to enhance your interior design aesthetic to your advantage. This may seem like a daunting task for those who fear a bit of color, but trust us when we say working in some color can instantly revive your household.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Where would I even start?” With these simple stepping stones, bringing color to your space will be a breeze.
1) Get inspired.
With the help of Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter right at your fingertips, you can easily discover all of the innovative ways to incorporate color into your home. The guidance of flat lays and mood boards are useful when it comes to envisioning a project. It helps to better visualize what you like or don’t like, and what you’ve never thought to try before. Use your imagination and picture yourself in your dream room. Bring in all the colors you love and how it’ll make your space feel. Getting inspired is just the first phase of your color design journey. Having a sense of direction to which style you want to go to such as modern, bohemian, etc., is the next step. Focus on what you like and what you think would make your home aesthetically yours.
2) Start small.
To get the bigger picture, focus on one piece of furnishing you want to use as your focal point and expand from there. Don’t lose yourself in the small details or knick-knacks. By focusing on one furnishing, you can build layer upon layer of what you want to surround it. This will organize your thought process on your design flow and give you a comprehensible path to follow. If you ever get lost, just refer back to the centerpiece of your design.
3) Mix and match.
Time to pull out the color wheel. Planning and choosing the right color palette is important. One of the biggest challenges in design is to determine what colors should stay and what should go. You don’t want to over flood the senses. So, you’ll want to pick one or two main colors along with one or two accent colors. Lucky for us, colors come in various hues. With both warm and cool sides to every color, adding one or two as an accent will give your design a “pop.” After the color palette has been decided, you’ll be able to mix and match different patterns, designs, and textures. Adding any of those three allows you to be versatile in changing your design at any given moment.
4) Neutralized walls.
Some people may think that the only way to instantly bring color to a room is to paint the walls a different color. That is one way to bring color to a room, but it’s not the only way. There’s nothing wrong with keeping your walls a neutral color. In fact, muted walls act as the perfect base to surround with various colors and prints. Think of it as a blank canvas. You can fill your room with layers of colors, textures, and patterns to bring life to your space. Guests won’t be focused on the walls because they’ll actually be looking at what furnishings you have put inside the room.
Maybe it’s time to venture outside the comfort zone of neutrals and muted colors, and into the arms of color.