A new year is the perfect time to refresh the look of your home. But don’t fall back on your usual tricks like repainting walls, buying throw pillows or hanging new art. This year, decorate with colour in new ways you’ve never tried.
Not quite ready to add bright new colours to your neutral home? Start small with charming colour surprises, like painting the interior of cupboards a bold hue that’s only visible when the cupboard is open. This could also work inside drawers or closets or the sideboard in your dining room.
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If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and have glass-front cupboards, paint the inside a bright colour and add some excitement to an all-white or neutral kitchen.
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To Pin something is basically an accepted verb, like to google, and that means that we’re all experimenting a little bit more, because, let’s face it, Pinterest is all about the DIYs. And that’s a good thing. Instead of buying something basic and accepting it as is, or living with a piece of furniture that’s just okay but has so much more potential, try customizing the things in your home. The best way to do this is with paint. Buy a bare wood Ikea piece and paint it in a fun, custom colour that will bring the room an element of the unexpected. Give that old side table or desk new life with a coat of high-gloss paint.
The trendiest way to update furniture with colour is to create a dipped look or to customize in small details, such as the legs of your furniture. This looks great on chairs or stools but is also a great way to add a little visual interest to couches and even bed frames.
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Painting the ceiling is nothing new (we mean a colour other than white). Designers have been doing it for years but that’s the thing: it’s a bit of a designer trick that most regular folk never try. If you want to start safe, paint your ceiling the same colour as your walls (it’s no fun if your colour is white). For the next level, try a soft complementing colour that starts mid-wall, and stretches up to cover the ceiling. If you’re ready to take the full plunge, try a contrasting colour, or even gold. What people don’t realize is that a bold move is not something they’re going to get sick of – it’s quite the opposite, a bold statement brings excitement to the eye every time they look at it.
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If you’re looking to totally redecorate, consider new colour combinations. While Mid-Century Modern furniture has been popular basically since it was introduced, more recent lovers of the modern shapes have incorporated the style into their own colour schemes and tastes. This year, the original colours of the 1950s and ’60s are making a comeback. Combinations like burnt orange, grey blue and acid green can look both historic and stylish, while a more muted palette may include mustard yellow, a warm brown akin to teak and soft burgundy.
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Speaking of soft burgundy, by now you probably know that Marsala is Pantone’s Color Of The Year. A soft, muted burgundy, the colour also inspires new palette ideas. Combine the colour of the year with other soft, earthy hues. Trend forecasters are already predicting palettes of grey, soft apricot and muted olive for spring/summer 2015 and marsala looks perfect in the mix.
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However you choose to play with colour this year, try to think outside your usual colour preferences—especially when updating with paint. Paint is fairly inexpensive and easy to change, if need be. Which 2015 trends will you be trying?