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Breaking Free from Sad Beige Interiors Into the World of Color

Updated: Mar 12

A beginner's guide to using color in their home

Color is versatile and an incredibly impactful element of interior design that has the power to evoke emotion, create ambiance and reflect a homeowner's individuality. Whether you are renovating your home or starting to redecorate a room, color can be an exciting aspect to consider. However, for those of us who fell into the sad beige lifestyle because it was "safe", using color might feel intimidating. Don't worry, we've got you covered in this post! Keep reading for tips on how to start incorporating color in ways that you won't regret.

Tip #1 - Start with a neutral foundation

We don't have to say goodbye to neutrals altogether! Neutral colors such as whites, greys and beiges can serve as backdrops that allow pops of color in your home to stand out. Consider starting with neutral colored walls that serve as a blank canvas that can adapt to your evolving color preferences over time.

Tip #2 - Pick a color palette

Find a color palette that resonates with you by drawing inspiration from nature, your favorite restaurants, pinterest etc. Consider what mood you want your home to convey, the style you are shooting for (retro, scandinavian, bohemian, etc.), and ultimately what colors you like the most. Follow our pinterest page if you're struggling to find inspiration - we have boards that represent different styles and a whole board devoted to color!

"There's a reason we don't see the world in black and white." – Celerie Kemble

Tip #3 - Use colorful accessories

Introduce throw pillows, rugs, curtains, artwork, and decorative accents in your chosen color palette to add pops of color throughout your space. These interchangeable elements allow for easy experimentation and can be switched out seasonally or as your preferences change and evolve.

Tip #4 - Embrace statement furniture pieces

Furniture can serve as a focal point to a room and have a dramatic impact. Consider sourcing an eye catching and colorful sofa, dresser, or accent chair to represent your style and personality.

Tip #5 - Play with paint

Paint is one of the cheapest ways to make a strong impact on a room. If you decide to go a little more bold on your walls, remember that repainting is one of the easiest "fixes" in design. Be sure to purchase swatches from your local hardware store or use samplize to purchase peel and stick paint samples to play around with before making your final choice.

Tip #6 - Learn about color psychology

Remember that color has the power to evoke certain moods. For example, blue is known for having a calming effect which makes it a popular choice for places like bedrooms. Don't feel pinned down or trapped by these principles - what calms your mind might be different from other people. But by and large, learning about the psychology of color can be helpful in informing what color to use based on the atmosphere you want to create.

At the end of the day, trust your gut and have fun

It's normal to feel nervous when playing with color because of how powerful it can be. Remember that nervousness can be an indicator that something good is about to happen! Listen to your gut when it's drawing you towards or away from certain colors and enjoy the anxiety inducing thrill of playing with color in your home. Playing it safe with sad beige interiors will never bring you the kind of thrill that using color can.

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