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Friday, July 31, 2015

Adding Color to your Home | Key Residential

Neutral colors are currently on trend when it comes to home design and decorating, but that doesn't mean you should totally skimp out on adding a few colorful choices to your decorating plans. Check out these ideas to get some ideas on where and how to add color to your home.


One of the first things that comes to mind when wanting to add color to your home would probably be to paint the walls. While neutral colors are currently on trend, there are no shortage of rooms out there painted in blues, greens, or any other color you can think of. Walk into any paint store and you will be bombarded with options from which you should be able to find a hue that is appealing. If you are planning to paint an entire room consider using a muted tone so as to not overwhelm the room. Painting the walls will limit you more in your decorating options as you will need to make choices that match your wall color, but if your tastes change it is relatively easy and inexpensive to just paint the walls a different color.


If you don't want to commit to painting an entire room in a non-neutral color, then consider painting just one wall to make it an accent/focal wall. With just a few coats of paint you can add depth and design to a room. This would also be a great option if you want to go with a wilder color that would be too overwhelming if it was used throughout the entire room. Bright red on every wall would be too much, but if it is strategically used on just one wall then it will fit right in. An accent wall will typically be the focal point of the room, so choose a wall that would make sense in that role.


Most appliances are chosen in one of three colors: white, black, or stainless steel. But if you're feeling a little adventurous and/or brave then consider picking out an appliance in a color that is out of the norm. However, before you fully commit make sure it is something you are ready to live with for a long time. Appliances, especially the larger ones, can be expensive to replace so this is one area that would be best to commit to only if you are absolutely sure you will be satisfied with for years to come.


Most countertop materials come in a wide range of colors. From granite, solid surface, tile, limestone, laminate, marble, or any of the other many options, you will have your pick of various color and pattern options. Whether you want a more neutral stone with flecks of a different color, something with a more solid non-neutral color, or anything in between, you shouldn't have to look too hard to find something in a color that speaks to you. But don't let yourself get caught up completely with just finding the perfect color. Make sure the material that you go with will work well for your needs. If you're more of a low maintenance person then you may not want to pick a material that requires more care regardless of how much you love the color.


If you don't want to commit to anything too permanent, then try adding in some color with how you accessorize the room to decorate it. A colorful painting could add a splash of color and wouldn't be too difficult to swap out with a different painting when your mood changes. Some fresh flowers or house plants would also be a good choice and are easy to move around or swap out. Consider making some of your necessary home accessories do double duty, Towels, bedding, and dishware are good examples of objects found in every home that come in numerous colors.


As with countertop materials, tile comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Depending on your level of commitment you can use all colorful tiles or just sub in a few colorful ones in place of a neutral tile to create a pattern dotted with occasional colored tiles. Tile also makes a good colorful backsplash to complement your colorful countertop if you go that route.