One of the easiest ways to bring in a sense of playfulness to your home is to play with the way you use colour. However, suddenly adding a significant amount of bright tones to your living room may seem a little intimidating. Fortunately, creating a colourful living room is easier than you could ever have imagined.
Use colour on your walls
Although painting an entire room seems like a rather large leap, it is the easiest way to add colour to your home. Choose a bright shade that compliments the rest of your home and get ready to paint. If a bold yellow wall seems like too much, you could opt for a colour that is a few shades lighter than the signature colour in your home.
Add storage boxes
An easy way to add a pop of colour to your living room is to add a couple of storage boxes to your bookshelf. Finding a variety of boxes in the same tone as your chosen signature colour is easy and to top it all off, it provides you with a convenient place to store all of the clutter that tends to accumulate in your living room.
Wallpaper is your best friend
Instantly create a colourful living room by investing in a brightly coloured wallpaper. To choose a complementary colour for your living room, look at the colour that features predominantly in your living area. Use the wallpaper on a single wall or create a more dramatic effect by papering the walls and using a solid colour to paint your ceilings.
Frame your prints
Most of us have a huge collection of prints that we would like to include in our homes. Bring them out for an easy colourful addition to your lounge. Not only are they a great way to add brightness to your space but they also provide your visitors with a little insight into your personality.
Include an accent wall
If painting all four of the walls in your living room a single colour seems a little overwhelming, simply choose one wall to paint. This draws the eye to a central point in the rooms, adds a significant amount of colour and creates a great starting point for the rest of your room.
Don’t shy away from colourful furniture
When creating your colourful living room you have the perfect opportunity to let your imagination run loose. Invest in a velvet couch in turquoise or magenta to create a statement unlike any other. Not only does it bring in a large amount of colour, but it also acts as an anchor piece to direct the rest of your decor.
Choose scatter pillows in contrasting colours
Although it is a great idea to have a principle colour in mind when decorating your living room, it can get rather monotonous if you continually include items in the same tone. To add a little more interest add scatter pillows in contrasting colour to create a little variety in the room. Scatters are a great addition to most couches, however, they can also be added to your living chairs.
Shelves are a crucial part of any living room design and there is no reason not to use them to your advantage. Opt for scattered shelving in the same tone as your chosen accent colour. Using a brightly coloured shelf is great but you can add even more interest by accessorising your shelves with complimentary trinkets and books with sleeves in the same tone as your favourite living room colour. Finally, add in a few plants to add an extra element to the shelves.
Remember your floors
When designing your living room it can be easy to overlook your floor treatments. Fortunately, you don’t need to replace all of your hardwood floors or carpeting to match the colour-scheme of your living room. All you need to do is look for a rug in the same tone as your favourite colour. Opt for a rug in a solid colour or add even more vibrancy to your living area by looking for a rug that contains several different colours.
Add some texture
Although colour-blocking is a great way to bring in more colour into your living room, it can seem rather boring after a while. To combat this, be sure to use a combination of solid colours and patterns. An easy place to add more texture is by including patterned throws and pillows to your living room.