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5 Ways to Perk Up Your Home With Color

It’s always around this point — about halfway through winter — that the gray skies begin to take their toll. Enough already, we want some color! Since spring is still a flip of the calendar away, it’s time to take matters into our own hands. So pour yourself a mug of something hot to drink, and feast your eyes on these sunny, happy projects, and quick ideas. Then pick one (or more!) to try, and see your home bloom with glorious, rich color.


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Idea #1 — Add fresh flowers, fruit, and books. This is so quick, easy, and affordable, you’ll want to keep it on repeat. The next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers (anything that catches your eye), and a bag of citrus fruit. When you get home, pile the fruit into a pretty bowl, put the flowers in a vase of water, and set both on your coffee table. Clear away the random papers and other junk, and place a pretty stack of books from your own bookshelves on the table beside the flowers and fruit. And voila, you have a colorful, beautifully styled coffee table sure to light up the whole room.


Amelia Tatnall Lawrence for Mollie Makes magazine

Idea #2 — Paint a half-wall. It’s true that this project requires significantly more effort than, say, buying a bouquet of flowers. But it’s a lot quicker and easier than painting a whole room! Painting just half a wall, in fact, takes much less time than you probably think (just a few hours), and the results are so darn cool, it’s well worth the effort.

Tip: Pick a wall where the base color is already white (or at least a pale neutral), and splurge on the high-quality painter’s tape to make a really crisp line with ease.


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Idea #3 — DIY Stick-on tiles. If you have a really dated floor you’d love to cover with on-trend cement tiles, but need a more budget-friendly option, this DIY from Paper & Stitch could be just the thing for you. By customizing peel-and-stick vinyl tiles with a DIY painted on pattern, you can create a really unique floor covering without breaking the bank.

Note: This project is not recommended for renters, because the glue backing may leave a residue when you remove the tiles.


Amelia Tatnall Lawrence for Mollie Makes magazine

Idea #4 — Frame some large-scale artwork. Adding a great big framed poster to a wall, or atop a credenza, is a great way to add big-impact color without spending a fortune or doing anything permanent to your space. So if you’re a renter, and dream of being able to paint the walls or stick cool tiles on the floors, this can be a really lovely alternative. Choose art with your heart, without worrying about what anyone else will think. It’s your home, and it should make you happy…end of story!


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Idea #5 — Layer on colorful textiles. Rolling out a new rug or adding a warm throw to your sofa or favorite chair are foolproof ways to add color to your space. In the room shown here, a simple white throw was upgraded with handmade tassels for a colorful twist.

Whichever projects you choose to try, here’s to a cozy winter…and an early spring!

Rug shopping guide: (clockwise from top left) Safavieh Bellagio in red and pink; Feizy Rugs Arushi in orange; Kaleen Rosaic rug in lime green; Safavieh Soho rug in rust.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Going Grey

via Coco Lapine Design
via Coco Lapine Design

Your hair going grey can be seen as a negative thing, as is overcast grey weather. But when it’s in your home it can be game changer of the positive variety. The vast array of hues this color has to offer can turn your space super moody or light and bright – it just all depends on the intensity. Grey’s versatility allows for exceptional layering of tones, whether it’s grey on grey like the living room above or some other color. One of the most beautiful things about this color that’s often seen as cold is just how nicely it plays with everyone else on the spectrum!

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This kitchen couldn’t feel more inviting if it tried. The grey on the bottom cabinets play the ideal middleman between the white subway tile and farmhouse sink and the black countertops and grout. Because it’s tinged with yellow the tone feels warm, rather than cool like we’re accustomed.

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I do love a good concrete floor, but what’s more in this bathroom is the texture the medium grey walls and divan bring to the game. By adding a light wood to the supporting cast, this space manages to bring even more texture and a nice contrast into the picture. The natural light the large windows allow in go a long way toward warding off any dreariness as well.

Avenue Lifestyle

This light grey is the color I have in my own home, literally my entire home. If you like your belongings to be the stars of the show, this is the way to go because this silvery hue acts as a nice neutral canvas for everything to make its mark upon. Very light grey is also a hallmark of Scandinavian chic interiors and many a minimal space. This bedroom feels like a great place to relax and wake up refreshed!

Tracey Ayton

Let’s not forget about one of the most popular members of the grey family – deep charcoal. The white moldings and picture frames paired with it in this lengthy hallway are doing everything right and playing off of the dark neutral beautifully. You would expect it to feel dark and imposing, but the effect is actually just the opposite!

If you’re not looking to redecorate and entire room or paint at the moment, another way to integrate grey into your space is through a floor rug that ties in with what you’ve already got.

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Color Combo Love: Mint Green x Black

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LEF living

If you’d like your space or even a single room to look fresh and modern without feeling cold, might I suggest the color combination of mint green and black? I’m guilty of always leaning towards white when working with black, oftentimes forgetting how it can work as a neutral when paired with other colors. The result of this particular union is one that’s cooly sophisticated and refreshing.

My favorite way of trying out a new color scheme is to create an accent wall. It’s an affordable project that doesn’t eat up much time, and of course, if it doesn’t work out that can be remedied quickly with another coat of paint.

Elizabeth Roberts

This vintage-inspired bathroom puts mint front and center with black playing a supporting role, framing the main act with a sharp border both top and bottom. The overall effect is stunning, with the pretty tile work practically begging to be called art in its own right. Pairing the square and penny tile together was a great design decision.

Brooke Holm

For a daring floor refresh try painting them mint! (Particularly if they’ve seen far better days and could use an update.) I love the way this dining area pulls black into the design through the window framings and light fixture above the table. I might go a step further with lacquered black chairs as well as some large art in a black frame.

Janis Nicolay

This dining area is riding the edge of the color combo with a foursome of lovely minty chairs and a few black accessories. The two colors are still prominent, with the white walls and lightly colored wood floors falling into the background…just in a more subdued way. Which is usually how most of us choose to incorporate color trends into our lives anyway.

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I saved the best for last – this bathroom that boldly mixes both pattern and color into a perfectly art deco-like space. It’s bold without feeling overdone, colorful, without feeling like too much. The soft curves of the sinks and hairpin legs help to balance out the sharp lines of the mirror and vanity.

Another way to incorporate mint and black into your space is with a great floor rug!

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Back in Black: Black Interior Inspiration

Francesco Lagnese
Francesco Lagnese

I’m all about white walls. They set off art incredibly well, they make any space feel instantly larger, and they generally create a canvas for whatever you put within their bounds. But lately I’ve been paying much more attention to the dark side, that is to say, black walls and accents. I love the moodiness they bring with them and appreciate their altogether different type of sophistication.

This being October, and with colder weather slowly creeping up on us, my first inclination would be to paint a bedroom a medium black from floor to ceiling. A cozy, cave-like atmosphere surely awaits at the bottom of that paint bucket.

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You don’t need intricate woodwork or even wainscoting or a chair rail for this classic half and half look. In act, if you’re nervous about going too dark in a room or have one without much sunlight, this might be the answer. This dining room is my favorite example because of its unexpected twist – going dark on the top half rather than the bottom and painting the ceiling as well. You might expect it to feel heavy, but I find it to feel quite the opposite.

Blair Harris

Painting walls is generally easy, painting cabinets a little more involved but well worth the effort. Not only is black a great way to update older cabinets, it also makes them feel uber chic when paired with those brass pulls. One of the beauties of black is that it goes with just about everything so your backsplash will probably feel refreshed as well.

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This look is really interesting to me, it’s called shou sugi ban and it’s a Japanese technique that involves burning the surface of a certain type of wood to give them a rich black finish. Traditionally the technique is used on home exteriors because it protects them from the elements, but it’s slowly making its way indoors as well. I love it for the naturally black finish it can add to any space.

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Okay, so maybe you’re not ready to add this much black to your home. I get it. But black furniture can add its own brand of appeal, making any room look more expensive through its presence. Whether you want to update a piece you already own or are on the hunt for something new keep black in mind as a worthy option. Of course, you can always add a rug as well…

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