28 Ways to Instantly Add Color (Yes, Every Color!) to Your Home

published Jul 13, 2021
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Here at Apartment Therapy, it’s no secret that color is everything. Obviously, we love highlighting colorful homes and DIY projects 24/7, but, for the third year in a row, we’ve actually deemed all of July — drum roll, please — Color Month.

When it comes down to it, color’s the backbone of every decorating decision you make, from your wall finishes to your furniture picks. Should you go with the blue or gray couch? The pink or green art? Even if you prefer neutrals, you’re still making a color choice and commitment. In that way, leaning into your favorite palettes and hues is the most surefire way to add your own pop of personality at home.

In the spirit of Color Month, I browsed the home decor sphere for the best finds for every spot of the rainbow — from peach to emerald to rust. With a range of throws, vases, candles, and even clocks, there’s things here you wouldn’t necessarily think to splash with color… but that look oh-so-good with it. Not big on decorating with bright tones? No problem; you’ll still find pieces that pack a colorful punch without feeling super in-your-face (and who knows, you may think differently after seeing what’s in store right now). Whether you go straight to your go-to hues or can’t wait to see the full spectrum, celebrate Color Month in style with the 28 home decor staples ahead.

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1. Lennox Valencia Cocktail Glass

OK, let’s be real — this glassware set just looks fun to have… and hold your next round of margs, of course. They’re beautiful, functional, and the colorful addition your bar cart’s been missing.

Buy: Lennox Valencia Cocktail Glasses, $44.99 for a set of 4 from Macy’s

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2. Kora Basket

Empty corner, meet versatile boho storage basket. This blue textured number can truly stash it all — in style, to boot: throws, workout gear, magazines, and even your laundry.

Buy: Kora Basket, $78.00 from Anthropologie

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3. Abstract Framed Wall Canvas

This perfectly-sized piece of modern art has your living room (or bedroom or dining room) written all over it. It feels bold but not overbearing — plus, navy’s the ultimate match-with-anything hue (yes, even with black).

Buy: 24″ x 30″ Abstract Framed Wall Canvas, $45.00 from Target

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4. Savannah Round Throw Pillows

There are round throw pillows, and then there are round throw pillows with pompoms in a cool dark blue tone. Your instant sofa makeover starts (and ends) here.

Buy: Savannah Round Throw Pillow, $39.00 $29.00 from Urban Outfitters

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5. Lex Pott Twist Candle

Hop on the contemporary candle bandwagon with the coveted Lex Pott two-in-one twist. In this cool lavender tone, it’s basically a wax work of art, but note that each wick can burn up to ten hours if you’re looking to actually put it to use.

Buy: Lex Pott Twist Candle, $40.00 from Nordstrom

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6. Agate Cheese Board

The easiest way to up the ante on your hosting game? Just add color… and agate. Endless, brightly backlit charcuterie spreads await you with this stone board.

Buy: Agate Cheese Board, $78.00 from Anthropologie

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7. Kate Spade New York Desk Organizer

A pop of purple’s the work-from-home motivation you never knew you needed. Let this organizer spruce up your desk and stash your writing utensils in style.

Buy: Kate Spade New York Desk Organizer, $24.95 from Amazon

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8. Linen Waffle Bed Throw

Don’t (or do) sleep on this waffle fabric lavender throw. It’s a welcome touch of texture and a pop of color, whether draped over the sofa or the end of your bed.

Buy: Linen Waffle Bed Throw, $99.00 from Verishop

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9. Blush Abstract Symbols Pouf

Poufs may be small, but this one’s certainly mighty in terms of pattern, color palette, and comfort. Broaden your seating options — especially in compact rooms — with a dash of dusty rose using this versatile piece.

Buy: Blush Abstract Symbols Pouf, $44.99 from World Market

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10. The Lotta Vase

You really can’t ever have enough decorative vases, especially when they’re modern, sculptural, and handcrafted to peachy perfection. Buy one for a side table or cluster a few together on a shelf.

Buy: The Lotta Vase, $44.00 from Etsy

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11. Kaleido Tray

Designed to be used individually or stacked with mix-and-match sizes, this decorative tray collection runs the color gamut. The soft pink, though, makes for a subtle organizing accessory on a nightstand, table, or console.

Buy: Kaleido Tray, $38.00 from Hay

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12. Pink Current Removable Wallpaper

If you’re itching to add floor-to-ceiling color to a room, consider renter-friendly textural pink temporary wallpaper. Stock up on this kind of design for every wall in a room to go all-color-everything or just even frame a swatch as new art.

Buy: Pink Current Removable Wallpaper, $79.00 from Urban Outfitters

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13. Farmhouse Ticking Stripe Red Euro Sham

It’s classic, cozy, and a home decor must-have — few details feel more timeless than stripes and ruffles, especially in red pillow cover form. Hello, grandmillennial chic!

Buy: Farmhouse Ticking Stripe Red Euro Sham, $25.99 from Amazon

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14. Viv Leather Basket

Bright red, leather, and envelope-inspired, this supple basket goes to show that out-in-the-open storage should never have to be bland. Rethink your entryway, living room, or even kitchen with a few of these to store any essentials you might want organized.

Buy: Viv Leather Basket, $98.00 from Anthropologie

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15. Chente Desk Lamp

No matter your desk color, a little pop of red goes a long way — especially when it can, quite literally, brighten things up. This lamp’s compact footprint makes it a stunner for surfaces of any size.

Buy: Chente 19.8″ Desk Lamp, $101.99 from Wayfair

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16. Numbers Clock

If you’re looking for eye-catching wall decor that goes beyond art and tapestries, it’s time to add this vibrant clock to your collection… get it? You can even take your pick of black or white hands.

Buy: Numbers Clock, $31.99 from Society6

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17. Marimekko Oiva Unikko Stoneware Coffee Cups

Add a bit of flower power to both your morning routine and kitchen counter (or exposed shelving) with these cups. Printed with Marimekko’s signature poppy pattern, they were made for starting your day on the (b)right foot.

Buy: Marimekko Oiva Unikko Set of 2 Stoneware Coffee Cups, $44.00 from Nordstrom

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18. Chloe Patchwork Gauze Curtain

What do you get when you combine airy patchwork fabric and a rich honey hue? Breezy curtains that make your room look like a sunset oasis when the light hits just right.

Buy: Chloe Patchwork Gauze Curtain, $49.00 per panel from Urban Outfitters

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19. Rust Throw Blanket

If you’re big on neutrals, consider rust the perfect color jumping off point. The burnt-orange tone looks totally evergreen and pops especially well against lighter hues, particularly in blanket form as seen here.

Buy: Rust Throw Blanket, $54.95 from Etsy

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20. Heather Taylor Home Gingham Bath Mat

Go gingham, or go home! This playful mat, from Heather Taylor Home’s collection with West Elm, proves that there’s always room to inject color and pattern… yes, even in the bathroom.

Buy: Heather Taylor Home Gingham Bath Mat, $40.00 from West Elm

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21. Voluspa Limited Edition Cut Glass Jar Candle

Reviewers can’t stop raving about this candle’s scent alone, but it undoubtedly wins in the aesthetic department, too. Punch up your nightstand with this whimsical yellow glass vessel candle or check out the five other (equally alluring) color options.

Buy: Voluspa Limited Edition Cut Glass Jar Candle, $30.00 from Anthropologie

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22. Scalloped Edge Quilt

There’s no better season than summer to deck out your decor in cheery tones, and there’s no better starting point than this quilt from Target’s exclusive Jungalow collab. It’s like waking up in a scallop-adorned blanket of golden goodness.

Buy: Scalloped Edge Quilt, $59.00 from Target

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23. Brilliant Yellow Pillow Covers

Set a bright scene year-round wherever you put this pillow cover set. The yellow color and corduroy combo makes them all the more eye-catching (and cozy!), and you can’t argue with the price.

Buy: Brilliant Yellow Pillow Covers, $12.88 from Amazon for a set of 2

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24. Sunshine Yellow Poppies Art Print

For art you won’t tire of seeing everyday, Society6 seller “Color Obsession” (fitting, eh?) has you covered with this soothing floral scene. The print comes in five different sizes and feels truly one-of-a-kind.

Buy: Sunshine Yellow Poppies Art Print, $20.99 from Society6

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25. Concrete Plate

Pastel enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Clear up clutter in the chicest way possible with this soft-hued, handmade concrete tray. It’s spacious enough to hold jewelry, coins, and any other little trinkets.

Buy: Concrete Plate, $20.00 from Etsy

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26. Jade Colored Glass Vase

Inspired by classic Chinese porcelain vases, this modern green spin can turn any plants or flowers into an artful display. The light-catching piece looks just as alluring on its own, too.

Buy: Jade Colored Glass Vase, Starting at $30.00 from West Elm

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27. Mid Century Orb Pillows

It’s all about the sphere pillow right now, but set yours apart with a sleek fern shade and varied sizing (this set features one small and one large). They’ll be lasting comfy (and colorful) living room staples.

Buy: Mid-Century 2-Pc Orb Pillows, $158.00 from Kardiel

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28. Emerald Green Abstract Art Wall Clock

Graphic greens put a modern twist on a beloved retro style. Hang this clock wherever you could use an extra dose of color — and easily check the time, of course.

Buy: Emerald Green Abstract Art Wall Clock, $31.99 from Society6