Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How to Add Color without Painting

If you are what is known as a 'neutral' person, or someone who just can't seem to add paint to your walls that doesn't have names like beige, taupe, or white in it, then you are one of the many who have difficulty with rooms that don't pop the way that those with color do. There is nothing wrong with neutrals on walls; in fact they can become the backdrop for a room full of life. If you don't like to add color to your walls, add it everywhere else with a few simple accessories.

In a neutral living room, vases and pictures frames can add a touch of color to your shelves or tables. Most people own vases in simple glass, but colored glass vases are beautiful and can catch the light to almost glow with color. Add some contrasting cut flowers to the vase and sprinkle the bottom with colorful rocks for that extra boost. Photo frames in black or white are some of the most used colors available, but you can add colored photos inside the frame. Pictures of family and friends in colorful locations are beautiful in black frames. Add some prints of landscapes or tropical flowers in your contrast color. The best advice when hanging frames on the wall? Layout your groupings on the floor before you hang them, ensuring the best possible placements for each.

Throw pillows are an excellent way to add color to a room, and they are often overlooked because so many couches and chairs come with their own set of pillows that match. Choose one complementary, bold color and add some flash to your couch. Pillows in patterns, stripes, solids, and even polka dots look great on a neutral couch. Add at least two per couch, or more if you like the look. Avoid getting all the same pillow, as having a mixed and matched set looks best.

Blankets are a great way to add a touch of flash, and having a blanket on the arm of your sofa is sure to be heaven sent when you feel like cuddling up with a good book. Blankets intended for the couch come in a variety of styles, but your best, most luxurious option is a cashmere blanket. Pick a bright, bold color that would complement your throw pillows.

Area rugs are one of many another colorful touches you can add to your living room. Focus on bright colors with stand out patterns. You can find a variety of contemporary area rugs that have smooth round circles or geometric shapes. Short pile or long pile, an area rug adds the finishing touch to any living room.

You don't need to add color to your walls to bring life to your rooms. Adding bright, bold, accessories is your best choice when you are trying to jazz up your room. Best of all? If you get tired of your accent color, simply change it to something else, no paint required!

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