7 fun ways to add colour to a room without painting it

There are plenty of ways of injecting colour into a room - without having to use a paintbrush!



There are numerous drawbacks of painting a room — such as the mess this activity can generate, as well as the risk that you lose interest in the colour of the paint applied.

HuffPost acknowledges that “most renters probably don’t even get to consider this colourful solution for their white walls, anyway.” So, what else could you do to inject fresh colour into a room?


Scatter multi-coloured cushions around the room

“Soft furnishings such as pillows, rugs, and throws are an easy way of adding living room colours, instantly changing the look and feel of a space,” interior designer Juliette Thomas tells Livingetc.

She adds that “these can then be easily updated and swapped whenever you like, for example from season to season, rather than committing to wall colour for example.”


Put up some new window dressings

While it’s easy to think of window treatments in little more than a drably practical sense, you shouldn’t underestimate the aesthetic merits of these dressings.

With textured and coloured window treatments, you can filter sunlight that enters the home. Meanwhile, curtains or blinds can help in framing windows.


Lay a rug

You would be surprised by how much you can achieve with just one rectangular-shaped piece of fabric — yes, the humble rug. Just one rug can anchor the layout of a room as well as imbue it with fresh colour and texture.

You also have a lot of leeway when it comes to what colour — or colours — you choose for your rug.


Add a few accent chairs

There are various kinds of accent chairs you can choose from — including upholstered armchairs, leather recliners, and hanging chairs.

If you already have a couch in a restrained colour, you could add some extra living room furniture in a more vibrant hue. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your colour choices if you want to create especially eye-catching results.


Buy a mini fridge

Do you love your beverages? Through shopping online, you can peruse mini fridges available in a range of attractive colours — enabling you to purchase a mini fridge that would visually fit in with your room.

Homes Guide explains that mini fridges are also “much easier to move around than their bulky counterparts, making them ideal for college dorms or apartments where space is limited”.


Install some large pieces of artwork

Your living room or bedroom might have a particular area large enough to accommodate some artwork that would draw attention for the right reasons.

Etsy’s resident trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson has explained as quoted by HuffPost: “A large painting can be just as impactful as an accent wall. Choose hues complementary to your room decor to tie the colour scheme together.”


Apply tile decals

If re-tiling certain surfaces in your home would feel like too much of a hassle, why not consider the alternative method of applying decals to tiles?

Johnson has enthused: “Decals are an easy and affordable way to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom tiles, while adding a pop of colour to the room.”




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