5 Paint Colors That Can Transform Your Room

White walls and neutral spaces beginning to feel a bit meh? Brushing a new color on your walls (or even just one wall) can make your space instantly feel more put-together, and telegraph a whole new sense of style. Five wow-worthy paint color ideas straight ahead.

Sincerely, Sara D. via Design Mom | Paint color: Valspar Reserve Paint in Nighttime View

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1. Navy

If you want to branch out from neutrals, but still play it safe, navy is my top recommendation. It feels current, yet classic, and goes well with just about any other colors you want to use. Navy looks elegant in the living room, and dramatic in the bath. Play up your navy walls with warm metals like brass, crisp white trim, and black and white accents. For a finishing touch, be sure to include a few items that bring some warmth to your space: natural fibers, woven baskets, houseplants, and warm hues like red and pink all work well.

Studio McGee | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Forest Green

2. Deep Green

This hue is enjoying a renaissance in popularity, especially in the kitchen! Try a deep, dark green on your kitchen cabinets for a classic-with-a-twist look. Be sure to choose a glossy finish for cabinetry, as it will stand up better to everyday use. To keep the green from overpowering your space, consider painting only the lower cabinets — keep the upper cabinets white, or replace some with open shelving for a lighter look, as shown here.

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3. Warm Pink

Pink walls aren’t just for pretty princess bedrooms — in fact, warm pink is a surprisingly versatile hue. A warm, flattering shade of pink can be a great way to tiptoe away from white walls. Try a single accent wall in the dining room, living room, or hall, and bring it to life with soft gray, greens, and plenty of white.

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Apartment Therapy | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Paint in Burnt Red

4. Statement Red

If you just want to make one big color statement in your home, my vote goes for red. A single wall painted in this fiery hue will bring your space to life in a way that no other color can match. If you paint the wall and are feeling a bit intimidated by the redness of it, try using it as the backdrop for a massive gallery wall. Hung with artwork or 3D objects like baskets or plates, a red wall brings intense focus without overwhelming.


5. Rich Turquoise

I love turquoise. It’s rich and vibrant, yet (so unlike red) actually soothing to the spirit. If you are on the hunt for that perfect hue — one that’s attention-grabbing but not overbearing, current but not trendy — let turquoise be your new color love. Use it in the bedroom, bath, living room, dining room, or anywhere you want a hit of tropical relaxation.

Looking to complement that new wall color? Consider swapping out your (boring) old rug for something with a bit more pizazz. Here are four of my current colorful favorites:

Rug Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Dynamic Rugs Metro in ivory and light blue; Safavieh Kilim in pink and ivory; Kate Spade New York Gramercy Leopard Ikat in green and ivory; Loloi Rugs Kalliope by Justina Blakeney in blue.

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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.

Amelia Tatnall Lawrence for Paper & Stitch

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.

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Bright and Juicy

Let’s face it — summer is upon us! If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to swap out the heavy wool and cozy flannel and swap in airy, woven cottons and lightweight, open knits. Oh, and don’t forget about color! Summertime is all about bold, bright color… you know, the hues that feel mouthwateringly juicy, almost as though they were literally squeezed from fresh fruits. Think vibrant fuchsia, saturated tangerine, sunshine yellow, grass green, even bright cerulean blue. Because these colors are so saturated, so rich in tone, might I suggest a pared down look? Keep the color palette simple, yet punchy, while letting your look’s silhouette do the talking. Feelin’ brave? Try a tonal look that still packs a punch by layering pieces all within the same color family.

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This is also a look for the brave when it comes to home interiors. Not for the faint of heart, a bright and bold rug can add character and style to most any room. Juicy brights can fit into any room: from master bedroom to a cozy kitchen, we love the way these rugs can perk up a space. As with fashion, easy does it when designing your space around a juicy-hued rug. We suggest keeping accessories, artwork, and even wall color toned down. A great reference is the taupe-y base color paired with bold raspberry sorbet on this Surya Abigail rug. With a floor grounded in juicy brights, an optic white sofa and gilded accents simply pop.

Photo Credit: Fashnotes, open-back dress from Zara, and fuchsia romper from Shopbop.

Shopping Guide: Surya Abigail rug, The Rug Market America Contemporary Oy rug, Loloi Piper rug, and Loloi Brighton rug.

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