If you’re looking to breathe a little bit of new life into your house, the easiest way to spice up your home decor in every room is by adding a simple pop of color. We know, we know, there’s something about keeping a space in a neutral color palette that can make it look so clean and inviting — but sometimes, it can also just look drab. By adding some bright hues to your home, you can bring in a new energy and a lightness that transforms every room into a whole new space. And you can do it on a budget, too.
It doesn’t have to be difficult or some huge undertaking where you end up with a project more expensive or time-consuming than you wanted, either. It can be as simple as adding some decorations, a bold fabric, or a splash of paint. Plenty of it you can DIY at home if you fancy yourself crafty — or outsource for cheap at your local flea market or resale store. We’re not talking about a total overhaul of your home, we just mean a bringing little extra spirit into the spaces you spend the most time in, whether it’s your bathroom, bedroom, living room, or kitchen.
Ready to get started? We’ve got different levels of projects for whatever you feel is right for your space, whether you need something quick and simple (and cheap), or if you’re looking to revamp and create a totally new space, taking a challenge on. We’ve mocked up three different ways to change up each room, ranging from easy to medium to expert, and you’d be surprised what a little accent color can do to rejuvenate your space. Check out all the different ways you can add a pop of color to every room in your house in the gallery below.
Change up Your Bedroom
A neutral-toned bedroom can be nice because it reads as a clean slate at the beginning of every day, but it can also be kind of, well, boring. A dash of color can bring a surprising new energy to the room. Check out three ways to add a new hue to your room.
Bedroom Colored Bedding
Easy: Buy New Bedding
One of the fastest ways to change up your room is to buy a bright, bold new comforter for your bed, and maybe even some throw pillows or regular pillow cases to match. If you already have a relatively neutral color palette, you can go with pretty much any color you want. The best part? You can just order something online without leaving your house. And if you're not ready to commit to a whole new comforter or duvet cover, a cozy throw tossed over the end of your bed can help achieve the same results.
Bedroom Colored Furniture
Medium: Find New Furniture
A fun piece of furniture can also add plenty of personality. While super saturated colors may give off a more child-like look, a color more akin to a stain can help keep things mature. But don't be afraid to go for a strong color — if it's the main accent in the room, it can still work. And if you're on a budget, you can head out to thrift stores and flea markets to hunt something down, or even make a DIY project out of it and give a piece you already own a makeover.
Bedroom Colored Wall
Expert: Add an Accent Wall
It's a total pain in the butt to have to move all the furniture around, tape off the ceiling and the floor (and crown moulding if you have it), and break out the rollers, but painting your room or even just one accent wall can bring a totally different vibe to the space. Whether you're looking for something peaceful or energizing, different colors can have different effects and provide the right mood for you.
Change up Your Bathroom
Plenty of us keep our bathrooms neutral, but an all-white room is enough to drive anybody crazy. And it's easy to mix things up, whether you're looking for something that you can do by end of day or a larger design project you're ready to take on. Check out three ways to add a new hue to your bathroom.
Easy: Sprinkle in Decorations
Some colorful knick-knacks on the countertops can bring a little life to the space, especially if one of them is a small succulent or flower, aka something genuinely living. If you're not looking to worry about taking care of a plant (even though it's just too easy to water keeping it right next to the sink), you can also go with silk flowers or something similar. Hanging a bright piece of art can also reinvigorate a blank wall and give the room more personality in general.
Bathroom Wood Stain
Medium: Add a Wood Stain
Even just swapping the color of the wood cabinets and accents in your bathroom changes the feel of it. A pale wood can become more lively and bright with a medium stain, and a darker stain can keep things in your neutral palette while still providing a little more contrast. This is a slightly larger project to take on, but a simple enough change that can go a long way when it comes to aesthetics.
Expert: Change up the Backsplash
If you have a tile accent, swapping out neutral colors for something more bright and fun can transform the space entirely. You can bring that color scheme through hand-towels or a shower curtain in a full bathroom, but that change can do wonders for a half, too. And if you're not ready to take on a bigger project like that, you can always go the less permanent, easier route with a little contact paper to fake a tile or marble backsplash.
Living Room Bland
Change up Your Living Room
It's where you spend the majority of your time kicking back to watch TV with the family, so why not make the space really your own? A quick trip to the store can have you covered on this project if you're not ready to take the leap. Check out three ways to add a new hue to your living room.
Living Room Tree Etc
Easy: Add Some Accent Colors
A plant, some new pillows, and a matching lampshade can make all the difference, and they're probably all within your budget, too. Again, if you're not ready to commit to taking care of a plant, a fake will do (though you might also be interested in giving a self-watering pot a shot). If you're feeling handy and have extra fabric around the house, you can even make new pillow shams and a lamp cover yourself.
Living Room Area Rug
Medium: Get an Area Rug
Area rugs can be expensive, but in terms of ease, picking one up at the store and rolling it out at home requires relatively little moving and adjusting of furniture. The amount of floorspace it takes up can also help to add visual depth to a room. Simple colors will go a long way, but you can also find a pattern that works with the rest of your decor (and if your decor is simple, virtually any pattern will do).
Living Room Couch
Expert: Reupholster Your Couch
Or get a new couch. Or, if you're really an expert, you can DIY shams and a cover for the cushions and frame yourself. But a colorful couch will bring a whole new level of charm to your space. And it can still look mature and subdued if the rest of your color palette is complementary with cream colors or earth tones.
Change up Your Kitchen
Refreshing your kitchen color scheme might actually be the easiest project of them all. In fact, you might already have all the materials you need to make the most base level modifications. Check it out.
Kitchen Colored Dishes
Easy: Add Colorful Dish Ware
If you have an open set of shelves like this kitchen, some brightly colored dish ware can instantly animate your space. And you don't necessarily have to open up your wallet for a full set, either. Some carefully placed decorative pieces can do the same thing. And if you don't have an open cabinet, some pieces on the counter can have just as strong of an effect.
Kitchen Painted Cabinet
Medium: Paint Your Cabinets
With a little strategically wielded painter's tape, this might even be something you can do without taking your cabinets apart — assuming you can easily reach them! Even just adding a colorful trim to your neutral toned cabinets can brighten up the space.
Kitchen Colored Appliances
Expert: Buy Colored Appliances
It's a much more expensive investment, but it can go a long-way. And there's something uniquely delightful about having a pink or green fridge, isn't there? You don't have to go big, though. A brightly colored toaster, microwave, or coffee machine can also do some heavy lifting for the room.