62 ways to add colour to your home

Kiran Singh
  • Play Up Your Focal Point | Paint one wall a peppy Kelly green and position a sofa up against it.
  • Organise the Fragiles | Display your margarita glasses by colour. See how much easier it will make your next cocktail party!
  • Hang Some Inspiration | Accept this window of opportunity to hang a fire-engine red and teal striped shade. You’ll gain a natural boost from the sunlight hitting those oversize, preppy horizontals.
  • Arrange Plants Together | Skip the floral and line up a trio of succulents in colourful pots. Let them step in as the centrepiece.
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  • Framed! Ta-ta to the traditional wooden ones. Choose a poppy purple finish to show off your favourite snapshots.
  • DIY Your Dream Bed | Can’t fit the canopy in your cramped quarters? Upholster a headboard with a chic geometric fabric for instant glam.
  • Wear Your Shades | Dig deep within one colour, like red, and reveal all of its sides. Brights, lights, pinstripes and paisleys mesh well together.
  • Fake a Bigger Space | Skip construction (remember: you’re on a budget!) and pick lighter shades for expanding your digs.
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  • Line Up the Linens | Avoid fussing over towel territory by claiming a colour. He gets navy; she takes periwinkle.
  • Pull It All Together | Spruce up a flea market find with colourful knobs. Mix and match pieces for that one-of-a-kind look.
  • Hit the Border | Ditch the walls and treat the baseboard or moulding to a new coat. You might even get this done with sample cans.
  • Flaunt Your Seasonal Style | Toss last year’s holiday décor and deck your halls in a single hue. Get festive with fuchsia.
  • Welcome the Outdoors | Thanks, Mother Nature. Lay down a fluffy, moss green flokati rug.
  • Double Up | We’re all one (colour) family. Let accents share a space. Connect with colour and spice it up with circles and floral motifs.
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  • Cast the Cool Colours | Dreaming of a Caribbean cruise? Get kind of close by decorating with cool colours like blue, grey and violet. Best for quiet spots like offices, bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Work the Warm Colours | Wanna get fired up… or just liven up your space? Welcome in the shades of the sunset. Yellow, red and orange excite the senses and are prime candidates for social spaces like kitchens and dining rooms.
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  • Colour Wheel | Primary Colours: Blue, red and yellow. Each is completely pure; once mixed, they’re the basis for every single colour in the spectrum. Secondary Colours: Orange, green and violet. Create these secondary hues by combining two primary colours. Complementary Colours: Colours sitting right across from each other on the colour wheel. Think blue and orange. Analogous Colours: Based on bordering hues on the colour wheel, this scheme involves a wider variety of colours, some contrasting and some not.
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  • Punch It Up | Partner a dark console table with uplifting sidekicks. Paint the wall a deep sea blue and add lipstick-red accents.
  • Get Stopped in Your Tracks | A neutral kitchen gets a punch of pizzazz with a brightly striped runner.
  • The rule for Applying Colour | Stick to 60-30-10, Ditch 50/50, Balance the bold. Develop a colour scheme. Play it safe.
  • Mix and Match | Don’t cop out and buy the predictable pairing. Surround the kitchen table with aqua and butter yellow seats.
  • Open Your Eyes | Blue skies are getting bluer! The forecasts are calling for even more purplish-blue hues.
  • Paint the Floor | Add a coat of fuchsia for a new vibe. Talk about fancy footwork!
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  • Splash Some Colour | Cook up some hot kitchen action. Tile the backsplash a bright turquoise or tangerine.
  • Changin’ It Up (All the Time) | Treat your wavering ways to a dose of decals. Apply and remove these stickers in a flash.
  • Style Around a favourite Piece | Love your blush pink damask sectional? Choose the pillows, throws and rugs with that in mind. Nail that picture-perfect look.
  • Commit Halfway | Cover just the back of bookshelves with a cobalt blueliner.
  • Do Your Homework | Think hard about how your office should look. Stack colour-coordinated file boxes to keep your study looking, well … studious.
  • Meet in the Zen Zone | If orange excites you, then prohibit it from entering the bedroom. You should save the energetic shades for the den or great room.
  • Flaunt Your Taste | Let food play the stylist’s role. Eggplants, artichokes and limes make an eye-catching arrangement.
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  • Get Hung Up | Texture will add another layer of style. Suspend a silk shantung sheer behind a lilac and lime drape.
  • Put Art to Work | Dying for an aubergine wall? Don’t wimp out like last time. Pull the room together with a print that accentuates your background rather than competing with it.
  • Light in the Right | Go contemporary with your fixtures. Opt for the robin’s egg blue sconces or a sharp, regal blue chandelier. Shine on!
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  • Welcome, a Bright Spot | Sure, first impressions do count. Break out the brushes and paint your front door a shocking shade of cherry red. Come on in!
  • Decorate and Display | Dewey, we do love you, but we’ll save your system for the real libraries. Take open shelving by storm: Stack books by size and spine colour. Line up vases and vessels by their tinted glass hues.
  • Swap a Shade | Don’t settle on what comes with the package. Sub the white and coordinate with your hot pink bedding.
  • Steal the Spotlight | You have our permission to make this a one-man show. Cover one wall with a favourite print for maximum impact. Bonus: It costs a lot less!
  • Aim High | Forget about the stark white ceiling. Reach for new heights and paint a mod circular design.
  • Great Power Couples | Turquoise and Apple: An electric fire-and-ice combo that’s bound to shake things up. Mocha and Celery: This delicious duo teams up for a warm and delicate setting. Cobalt and Cloud: Blue rules. Uncover all of the fabulous shades that this colour can offer. Citrus and Cocoa: Chocolate has met its wingman. Bring a bit of light to this rich hue. Navy and Kelly: The ever-so-popular preppy pair that’s never going to be outdated. Lemon and Charcoal: Mod steel takes on a sunnier disposition when it meets a sweet shade of lemon yellow. Tangerine and Rose: Call it a comeback. We’re rooting for this cheerful tag team that’s the perfect pick-me-up. Amethyst and Fuchsia: Discover the rich jewel tones. These brilliant buddies compliment without the overkill. 
  • Brush Up Your Bathroom | Jump-start your morning routine! Lift an all-white bath with a curtain in ruby and mandarin floral print.
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  • Expose Your Crafty Side | Fabric swatches and favourite paper scraps can pinch hit for framed photos. Batter up!
  • Wake Up a Waiting Area | Make a grand entrance and set out a red bench in the front foyer. Extra seating will come in handy here!
  • Make Your Bed | Do it up with the duvet. Use white eyelet in spring and red gingham for fall.
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  • Putting on the Glitz | You can’t wear all your accessories at once. Set out strands on the vanity so you can admire them 24/7.
  • Organise the Mail | Tend to the bills at your leisure but keep it all in order. Separate letters in a colour-coded catchall. She gets hot pink; he gets yellow.
  • Casting Call | Oh-so-easy. Pop in a bright blue bulb and see things in a brand-new light. Talk about a mood-lifter!
  • Sit on It | Sick of staring at that brown oak dinette? Some simple padding will do the trick. Spice it up with a few coral-toned cushions. It’s a heck of a lot comfier too!

62 ways to add colour to your home

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