Fear No More: 8 Baby Steps to Adding Color in Your Space

Fear No More: 8 Baby Steps to Adding Color in Your Space

Melissa DiRenzo
Mar 20, 2014
(Image credit: Little Green Notebook)

Are you afraid of color? I guess that's kinda dramatic. Are you unsure or maybe a commitment-phobe when it comes to adding color to your space? Or maybe you're more of a neutral type of person but wouldn't mind adding a pop of color every now and then when the mood strikes you. Me, I'm a coloroholic, so it was a good exercise for me to pull together these simple ideas of how to add a little color to your space with zero commitment. I mean it, no painting, no big investments you'll regret.

Let's start with dining rooms, like this space above from Little Green Notebook. A dining set is a big investment and it's understandable that you would decide to go classic and neutral, but how about adding colorful end chairs for a pop of color? You know when you see a great chair in the clearance section and you think "what a deal, but what am I suppose to do with just one or or two?". Well, this is the perfect solution.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

This living room featured in Better Homes & Gardens shows how adding throw pillows is a great way to add color to a neutral space without commitment. You can change them with the seasons or you mood, and they look great against a neutral background.

(Image credit: The Every Girl)

Try adding a lamp in a bold color. It adds an instant pop of personality. And when you're feeling a bit more brave you can slowly add a few more accessories in the same color, as in this bedroom featured on The Every Girl.

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If you have any open shelving or display areas in your kitchen, think about having a little fun and buying yourself some colorful kitchenware. These blue glass mugs just pop and look so fresh in this white kitchen, as spotted on A Couple Cooks.

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A colorful poster or print is both a great way to add some color to a room as well as an affordable way to start an art collection. You don't even have to commit to putting a hole in the wall if you follow this example featured in Heart Home Magazine and just lean your piece of art on a ledge.

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Depending on the color of your thumb, plants and flowers are a fantastic way to add color and texture to a space. This space from Southern Living is a great example. Nature's color palette is always welcoming and easy on the eyes, and you can easily move greenery around to change things up. If live plants scare you a bit, the faux plant and floral selection has come a long way, and there are some great options out there to get the look with even less commitment.

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Lastly, you can invest in a small, colorful accent rug, like this one from Anthropologie. They are a fraction of the cost of a large rug, and look great as a pop of color under an accent chair or coffee table, or at the foot of your bed. Layering rugs is very popular, so it's ok to just plop this one over your big neutral rug.

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