5 Tips for Adding Color If You’re a Neutral Lover

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Add color through accents

I love a good neutral interior. A neutral palette is clean and timeless, but it can tend to feel a bit stale and lacking in personality without any accents. After all, your home should be an expression of you. Don’t worry if you want to liven things up a bit but don’t necessarily know how to get there or are intimidated by the long-term commitment involved.

My design philosophy is to stick to a neutral envelope of the room. Using a classic, neutral palette for the walls, floors, finishes and big ticket items, such as your sofa, allows you to add a punch of color with accents. Plus, you can easily edit out pattern and color without breaking the bank when you’re ready for a change.

Here are a handful of quick and easy ways to add some pizzazz to your space without being forever shackled to your design choice.

1) Wallpaper an accent wall

Wallpapering one wall can transform the look and feel of an entire space. And with the invention of removable wallpaper (amazing! and perfect for renters!!) you don’t have to worry about the messy removal or a long term commitment.

Wallpapered accent wall designed by Amber Lewis

2) Make your door a statement piece

Paint your door a bold color or color block it, as seen below. If you’re not ready to take the plunge with paint, adding a decorative trim using wahsi tape is quick, easy and adds the perfect pop of color. This would be great for a kid’s room!

Statement doors using paint and washi tape

3. Spice up your bookshelves

Use decorative contact paper or paint on the inside of your bookshelves to give life to a room. It’s not as big of a commitment as painting the entire space and you can go bold since its a smaller area!

Wallpapered bookshelves add a pop of color to this otherwise neutral space

Remember the age old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Forget it. Adding colorful books with pretty spines and covers makes for an interesting, colorful bookshelf that adds dimension and interest to your space.

Colorful bookshelf decorated by Amber Lewis

4) Use a large textile as an accent

Drape a large, colorful textile over an existing headboard for an added pop of color that can easily be changed out, or hang a tapestry for a quick piece of art that makes a bold statement.

Textile draped over an existing headboard adds instant color

Tapestry hung behind adds bold color and interest

5) Add colorful art

OK, it’s not rocket science, but art is one of the quickest ways to add color and interest to your space. And with the rise of sites like Etsy, you can afford to accessorize your space with fun, colorful pieces that pack a big punch. And when you get tired of them, retire them for a bit and hang something different!

Do the Cha Cha tea towel by Rachel Castle

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