20 Ways to Add Color to Your Home Without Painting
You guys, paint can be scary. It has such an air of permanence and commitment. Not only that, but it’s inevitably a huge mess, no matter how small the project, and who wants to spend time taping off trim? If you just can’t handle staring at that white room any longer we’ve got some tips on how to add color to your home without touching a paint roller. From furniture to wall art, these 20 ideas will add non-permanent color to your rooms without wasting a whole weekend wearing your painting clothes!
1. Colorful Seating: Painting exposed brick would just be a crime, so you’ll want to find other ways to add color, like bright yellow seating and bold pendant lighting in the kitchen. Painting kitchen stools is much easier and more fun than painting the whole kitchen, and you can change the color whenever the mood strikes! (via The Design Chaser)
2. Get Floral: Never underestimate the power of flowers to add vibrant color to a room. You can go with feminine, frilly bouquets or keep things classic with a few tall stems. Display them on the coffee table or in the kitchen for maximum wow factor. (via Tulipina)
3. Cozy Up with Throw Pillows: Throw pillows are a decorating dream when it comes to adding color. Fairly inexpensive and completely replaceable, you can mix and match the color palette to your heart’s content! (via Caitlin Wilson)
4. Glowing Color: Adding a unique piece of lighting can totally make over a room and give it a personality that is all you. A colorful light fixture is like a bright piece of jewelry and will draw the eye upward, making your room look bigger. (via Kitschy Living)
5. Modern Contrast: Look at white walls as a positive thing! Working with a blank canvas means you can go with a crazy color like chartreuse and have it look stunning instead of overwhelming. Also, how delicious is that gallery wall? (via Design Sponge)
6. Cushy Seating: Get colorful seating without a bit of paint by just adding cushions. A happy yellow cushion will make you and your guests happy at all your dinner parties. We’ve even got a DIY cushion if you’re feeling crafty! (via Bright Bazaar)
7. Throw Down a Rug: The walls are gray, but this room is anything but drab! Everything from the colorful seating and throw pillows to that graphic rug makes this room full of personality! A rug is a great way to pull a room together and add some sneaky color accents. (via Apartment Therapy)
8. Colorful Curtains: Lose the blinds and opt for a more upbeat window covering, like some curtains with personality. Stick with your favorite colors over patterns to keep the room from looking overwhelmed. (via Domino)
9. Hang a Tapestry: Tapestries are more grown up than posters and offer a fun texture aspect that wall art won’t give you. If you have some treasure from your travels or a tapestry with sentimental value, try hanging it on the wall for a more boho bit of color. (via Apartment Therapy)
10. Add Some Banners: Not only will some pretty wall hangings add color to your room, they are just so festive and happy! How could you have a bad day with one of these hanging over your bed? (via Design Love Fest)
11. Add Big Art: Scandinavian style decor is all about well-placed pieces of color in an otherwise neutral home. Here, neon bright pieces of art and decor draw your eye through the home instead of fading into the background. (via Apartment Therapy)
12. Fill Your Home with Plants: If you’ve got a green thumb, let it grow! Not only does having a lot of house plants add great green color to your rooms, it will also purify your air and bring in only happy vibes. (via Domaine Home)
13. Mount a Mural: Instead of stressing over wallpaper calamities, stick to a more manageable project and just hang a mural. Most murals are peel-and-stick, so you don’t have to worry about ruining the walls! (via Urban Outfitters)
14. Get a Bold Couch: The advantage to buying furniture over painting the walls is that you can take the furniture with you when you go! Don’t be put off by a colorful couch– if you love the color, you’ll find all kinds of palettes to coordinate when you want to change things up a bit. (via House Beautiful)
15. Open the Doors: Okay, this one is kind of cheating because paint is involved, but only a teeny tiny bit! How fun is this painted door? We love that it is painted on the inside so you can admire the full effect every time you greet guests. (via Domaine Home)
17. Hit the Sack: Sometimes an all-white bedroom can just feel a little bleak, so add some love to the room with an unexpected pop of color through bedding! Go all out with piles of colored throw pillows or just keep things simple with one bold blanket. (via Domaine Home)
18. Open Shelving: If you’ve got a fabulous collection of colorful dishes hiding behind some cupboards, it’s time to set them on display! Arrange favorite dishes and trays so that it creates a gallery effect in your kitchen. (via Better Homes and Gardens)
19. Get Your Spines in Order: Feel like organizing your library? Try color coordinating your bookshelves for a fun and surprising bit of color. Who knows, you might even find your next favorite book! (via Decor Pad)
20. Traditional Furniture in Unusual Hues: Nothing perks up a drab office like a shiny desk in a hot color! Instead of settling for the traditional wooden or metal desk, stir things up a bit with a trendy color like cobalt or orchid. (via Elle Decor)
What are your favorite ways to bring color into your home? Talk to us in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!