Easy Ways To Add Color To A Neutral Room

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Are you bored with your neutral room? Maybe you were scared of making a mistake with color when you designed the space, so you didn’t add it at all.  Now your room is furnished and looks, well, bland.  Don’t worry!!!  Kick up the heat just a bit, or a lot, using these colorful tips!  And the colorful additions won’t break the bank!

Today I spent the morning at WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise with the talented Eve Tannery, AND my special guests, Ryan, Devin and Sydney!!! My nephews and my daughter lent a hand on the show today (thank you!), helping me turn a neutral space into a citrus blend of tangy oranges and avocado greens-My new fave color palette.

This color combo is a fabulous choice for creating a happy space.  I adore ICI color of the year is Citrus Yellow, along with the decor citrus palette we chose for todays show, creates a sweet and tangy treat as we head toward Fall (can you believe it!)




TIPS From The Show

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Rev Up Color With A Rug.

Ground the floor with color regardless whether you have wall to wall carpet or other flooring.  Go for one with a large pattern if you want bold color.  Your neutral furniture will stand out more on top of it :

Target Tapestry Floral Wool Rug

Pillow Power.

Give your neutral sofa or chair a big pop of color using pillows that have a large colorful print like this one.  Secret tip-use a big pattern vs small one to get more color, and go for 1 or 2 large pillows vs a million smaller ones.  It will make a bigger impact without cluttering up the piece of furniture:

Target Room Essentials Toss Pillow in Galilee Eye Candy. I found it in the store but could not find it online.

Scrumptious Slipcovers.

Slipcover your chairs or re-upholster them permanently.  Choose chairs that offer various ready made slipcovers from Pier 1 and Ballard Designs, or have a chair professionally re-upholstered choosing from thousands of fabrics!  Save money by having only the seat or back cushions reupholstered if the cushions are unattached to the piece of furniture.  I love designing sofas and chairs that have only seats or back cushions using a fun print.

Green Geometric Dana Slipcover

Pier 1 Green Geometric Dana Slipcover. Buy the Dana chair if you don't have a parsons chair yet, then get the Green Geometric slipcover. Or choose from the other fab choices they offer!

Shade It Colorfully.

Swap out the shade on your lamp! Use a shade with a light hue of the color or pattern you are adding to your space.  Don’t go too dark because that holds the light in.  Or if looking to bring color in but keep a white shade, buy a new base with a bold pop of color, or spray the base you have with a fun color!

Bed Bath and Beyond Mix and Match Square Bell-Shaped Sage Large Lamp Shade. You pick the shade and the base so have fun!! Remember to go big or go home!!!

Tres Chic Table Tray.

Bring color to your end table AND they will function better!  Place a tray on your end table or coffee table and it will not only bring in a vibrant pop of color, but also keep all those little things you place on your tables in one place without cluttering up the tabletop.  I adore the one below.

Acrylic Multi-Color Tray

Pier 1 Acrylic Multi-Color Tray. How funky is this tray! I can't wait to use mine.

I also love these lacquered trays………..

Lacquer Wood Trays

West Elm Lacquer Wood Trays. I dig it in Clover, Orange and Peridot!

Bangin’ Bold Stool.

I have been a huge fan of ceramic garden stools since last spring.  I used them in my first news segment and am still using them today!  You can add one as an accent table, or two side by side as extra seating.  They are small but powerful so be daring with your color.  The sea coral ceramic garden stool I used on the show was a brilliant buy at Burlington Coat Factory for $29.99 (another undercover great place to shop for decor because you assume they just have coats), but it was a close out price and I could not find the same one online so here is another good option……….

Home Deco Direct Square Cinnabar Ceramic Garden Stool. I adore all the garden stools here; SO MANY COLORS! They start at $150.

Colorful Wall Art.

Add one large art piece for a wall above a sofa, or long wall, to bring color onto a neutral painted wall.  Take down the smaller pieces of art, or photos, change out to one large colorful piece, and see the difference!

Bed Bath And Beyond figurative art Moments in Time. I found it in the store but could not find it online. It is $59.99 for 32"x32".

Here is another option I dig that you can find online………..

Luminous Summer II Wall Art

Bed Bath & Beyond Luminous Summer II Wall Art (37"x37")


-Place a mirror on the wall opposite something colorful and it will reflect more of the same color.

-Paint the back of a bookshelf.

-Paint one accent wall.

Want to See More Tips? Check out this ideabook I created on Houzz Add A Drop Of Color To Your Living Room.


If you saw the second half of the show I showcased a parson chair I covered myself using remnant fabric.  To get the scoop on how I did it, step by step, CLICK HERE to my DIY blog.

And the creative embellishments I used on the show are from a cool line of Conso ready to finish decor accents at Joannes Fabrics.  They are self adhesive ribbons, beaded fringes, and shapes to give colorful life to just about anything!!  For a quick fix, they are fun and easy.

This is a line of decor items from tissue boxes, lamp shades, to upholstered stools that let you embellish them easily because they are self adhesive.