Simple tricks to cohesively add colour to a room for a welcoming home.
We all love these colourful Instagram-able living rooms we dream about recreating at home to add a touch of colour to our living space and brighten a dark room.
How do we go about extending these happy vibes to our living room? Here are a few ideas to stir up your creativity.
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Create an Accent Wall with Wallpaper or Colourful Paint
Nothing makes a bold statement like an accent wall with a cheerful paint colour or an exquisite wallpaper that pars downs well with your furniture and home accessories.
For some inspiration head to Farrow & Ball or Dulux Trade to browse their high quality paint colours and get your free colour card. Anthropologie and Farrow & Ball offer exquisite collections of wallpapers worth checking out.
Throw in Some Cushions
Cushions are so versatile. They effortlessly add a touch of elegance to your living room, helping prolong the life of that tired sofa you have been meaning to replace for ages.
Pick cushions of different textiles, shapes and sizes where vibrant and neutral colours work well together, and layer them by size to create the most beautiful effect. Feel free to switch your cushions when there are changes in season to easily transform your living room vibe.
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Add Some Plants and Flowers
Bringing a bit of mother nature into your living space with plants and flowers is an affordable way to enhance the ambiance of your home. Choose plants such as cactus, kentia palm, Ceropegia woodii, or rubber plants that can last longer indoors. Make sure you check with your florist or horticulturalist how to take care of your flowers and plants.
For some of you with allergies or with busy schedules, going for dried and realistic artificial plants and flowers is a more viable option. John Lewis and blooming artificial offer some great options to choose from.
Select a Colourful Rug
Go for a colourful rug with designs that work well for your desired style and match it with either a colour found on the rug or neutral tones of off-white, beige or light grey to allow the rug to stand out in your living room.
On your last trip to Marrakech, you promised to get that vintage wool rug you negotiated for hours in the souks just for it to land in your living room. But you got carried away. Not to worry – Berber Bazaar has you covered. Check out their collection that is a feast for the eyes!
Get an Accent Chair or Pouffe
An accent chair or a pouffe in a different yet complementary colour to your main sofa is a great way to inject personality and a touch of colour to your living room. Depending on your preferences, pair two bold colours together or balance neutral tones with warmer colours.
You know that accent chair and pouffe in your pinterest home decor board you have forever been dreaming about adding to your living room? Now, it’s time to go for it.
Be Creative with Wall Art
From mirrors, gorgeous prints, abstract paintings to baskets, masks, metal wall art, and fabric wall hangings, the options for you to enhance your living room walls are limitless. Keep in mind the theme you are seeking to achieve and the space size to decorate.
Desenio, Maisons du Monde, Etsy and local arts & crafts markets such as the Rosebank Art and Craft Market in Johannesburg are great places to find interesting pieces.
Play with Sofa Throw Blankets
A throw blanket is an affordable way to sprinkle colour into your living space and hide the red wine or baby food stains that you are struggling to get rid of on your sofa.
From a heavier faux fur blanket, wool, or a cashmere blanket for the colder months to a fringed woven cotton blanket with chevron print in the spring/summer, the choice is yours. Urbanara and Maisons du Monde are our favourite go-to places due to their gorgeous collections that cater to all styles.
Think about Vases and Pots
Vases and pots, depending on their shapes and sizes, are fantastic accessories to embellish your living room corners, coffee tables, sideboards, bookcases, shelves and side tables.
Heal’s has some beautifully handcrafted vases that will luxuriate your living space whilst bringing joy to your soul.
Add Storage Baskets
To store your Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and the latest books you are reading, head to The Kenyan Crafts Company or your local arts and crafts market to discover some amazing pieces that will transform your living space.
Incorporate Decorative Objects and Sculptures
Metal loop objects, ceramic bowls, crystal sculptures, natural fossil objects, metal leaf ornament, decorative candles, and colour block warm trays to ornate your coffee and side tables are simple yet powerful ways to bring life into your living room.
Decorative accessories and wall art are particularly helpful for people living in rented apartments or homes who are looking for user-friendly ways to add a pop of colour into their spaces without having recourse to a paint job.
Amara and West Elm have curated beautiful pieces from around the world that will delight your creative spirit.