Color psychologists agree: color influences your mood, your creativity, and even your mental health. And designers agree, too! There’s almost infinite possibility in the power of color to transform a room. If your space is feeling bland, try these tips to add small but potent bursts of color to your space.
1. Change Up Your Pillows
Throw pillows are the jewelry of your living space. They can add subtle sophistication, bright playfulness, or an artsy, creative vibe. If you haven’t changed up your throw pillows in awhile, we guarantee you’ll be surprised by how different your space will look and feel when you do. The best part? Changing out the covers on your existing throw pillows is a piece of cake, and storing extras barely takes up any space at all.
2. Bring the Outside In
Did you know that living plants can help clean the air inside your home, making it feel fresher and healthier? Plants provide nature’s original pops of color, so try visiting a local nursery and bringing in an easy-to-grow plant with vibrant blooms, or splurge on a fresh flower arrangement for your mantle, entryway, or kitchen table. It’s the perfect way to say “welcome, spring!” to your home and family.
3. Follow the 60-30-10 Rule
According to HGTV, the most successful interior decorators tend to follow a formula: 60 percent of a dominant color, 30 percent of a complementary color, and 10 percent of an accent color in each space. If you like changing the feel of your room often, choose neutrals for the 60 percent and 30 percent parts, and let the 10 percent be easily-changeable accessories (like throw pillows and a fabric wall hanging, perhaps) in a bold color you love.
4. Add An Unexpected Lamp
Even the most traditional spaces often benefit from an unexpectedly eclectic addition, like a bright, modern lamp tucked into a corner or nestled on an end table in your space. The best part about this tip? Lamps are another pro tool in designers’ arsenals. They promote a far cozier, more welcoming environment than harsh overhead lights, facilitating conversation and community. How’s that for a win-win?
5. Paint a Wall
Painting just one wall with a fresh pop of color is a great way to add character to a room without a major overhaul. If even a one-wall paint job sounds like more than you’d like to take on, consider painting just the inside of a bookshelf or cabinet; this adds a fun, unexpected pop of color, and it’s a relatively easy one-day project, no matter what your home’s design style and personality looks like.
For more tips on lightening and brightening up your space, check out our recent blog post! And if you need a little in-person inspiration or are shopping around for furniture or accents that fits your vision, stop by Wickmans Furniture in Agoura Hills. We’d love a chance to meet you and talk décor!