Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Color Banter: Spruce up your Space

Are you tired of your space? Do you want a change, but don't know where to start, or can't afford a major redecorating project? Here are some affordable, easy ways to bring new life into your space with color.
Think about paint colors like you think about clothing. You might like a color, but it might not look great on you. White looks good on everyone. However, white can easily look dirty, and may not be the most soothing color. In the main area of our condo, we have many pieces of artwork, so white walls work well as a backdrop for the paintings. In a smaller space like the bathroom, however, the white walls felt like a college apartment, and a bright color makes it feel like home. 

Paint is an affordable way to bring color into a space, but does require labor, supplies, and prep time.

Throw pillows are a great way to add color or change up a style (Pier 1 Imports pillows shown below). If you already have pillows and don't want to buy new ones, simply cover throw pillows with a standard pillow case and tuck in the ends. Or, create new custom pillow cases with fabric. If you are extra crafty, hunt for embellished shirts at thrift stores with sequins or jewels and create custom pillow cases.

Adding a center piece your dining room table creates a touch of sophistication. This creates a focal point for the room and can keep you from using the table as a dumping ground for stray clutter. Pick a statement vase in a bright color (Pier 1 Imports Red Bamboo shown below) or a medley of chunky candle holders. Fresh flowers are ideal, but don't be afraid to use silk flowers or fake floral accents like twigs. Or, a large clear vase can house colorful seasonal items, like lemons in the summer and holiday ornaments. 

A boring lamp or tired piece of furniture can also be painted a statement color. A coat of paint bring a natural wood early American piece up to date. Try this on dining room chairs (who says they have to match the table?), buffets or side tables. Replace an old coffee table with a functional storage ottoman topped with a colorful serving tray. A rug under the ottoman is also a great way to add a low-commitment splash of color (below: Storage Ottoman with West Elm Wood Tray in Clover and Ikea Andrea Rug in Yellow-Green).


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