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How to Add Color to Your Home Without Painting

Repainting is one of the surest ways to add color to a home, but it isn’t the only option. Learn how to add color to your home without painting.

Color brings light and energy to any home. That’s why homeowners are constantly seeking out new ways to incorporate more color into their homes’ designs. However, their options often seem limited to painting their walls in trendy color schemes. Fortunately, they aren’t completely without other possibilities—in fact, there’s a variety of unique and inspiring ways to increase the amount of color in a space. Learn how to add color to your home without painting and get creative while doing so.

Incorporate Colorful Artwork

If you’ve already painted your walls, the next best way to add color to a home is to utilize a variety of unique artwork. Whether you purchase pieces from a store or create them yourself, each piece of artwork can add personality, life, and color to a room. This strategy isn’t even limited to drawing and paintings; you could also hang a tapestry or other eye-catching pieces of décor on the walls. In the interest of providing an additional purpose to their décor, many homeowners also use handcrafted lighting pendants to achieve optimal lighting and exquisite color at the same time.

Use Bright Fabrics and Accents

A few bright throw pillows or an area rug are often just what a room needs for an instant pop of color. These items are inexpensive and customizable, and you can replace them when you’re looking for a change. They’re not just comfortable—you can also adapt them to your changing tastes. If this amount of color isn’t enough for you, you could take it one step further by replacing your muted curtains with a colorful new pattern. Floral designs in particular are typically best for establishing an energetic and vibrant atmosphere.

Fill the Space with Plants

Plants are wonderful ways to add color to a room as well as give the home a bit of natural charm. Better yet, flowers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, hues, and densities, ensuring you can find the best match for your design. However, it’s important to remember that certain species of plant are more difficult to grow than others. If you’re an inexperienced gardener, you may want to stick to sturdier plants such as marigolds, zinnias, and snapdragons. In addition, certain plants are only available to purchase in specific regions of the world, so you aren’t guaranteed to find a plant that isn’t native to your area.

Set Up an Aquarium

You could also incorporate a bit more life and color into your home by setting up your own aquarium. Fish, particularly saltwater fish, are known for being brightly colored and eye-catching as you walk into a room. These traits make them not only wonderful pets, but also complementary additions to your home’s design. Having a saltwater tank in your home also gives you the ability to keep live corals. These organisms are also extremely colorful, and they adjust their hues to fit with the environment. However, make sure to properly research what influences these color changes in order to achieve the hues you’re after.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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