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How to Decorate With Color Even When It Scares You

October 5, 2020

Decorating with color doesn't have to be scary. These simple tips will show you how to decorate with color without making a huge commitment or spending lots of money.

If you have followed my blog or my Instagram feed for any length of time, y’all know I loooooove to decorate with color. I don’t shy away from it, that’s for sure! But I wasn’t always that way. I used to be scared of making choices that I thought might be “too bold.” But now? Now I am kind of obsessed with adding color to my home. I mean, just take a peek at my Instagram feed

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As it turns out, lots of my readers are drawn to colorful decor, but are nervous about decorating with color in their own homes. How do I know that? Because I frequently get asked for tips about how to decorate with color :) Soooooo, I am happy to report that I finally put together a post AND video all about how you can experiment with color in your home without spending a fortune. I hope you enjoy it. It will play after a short ad :) You can also read the tips if you prefer.

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How to Decorate With Color Even When It Scares You

Decorating with color takes a little bit of practice. The more you practice, the better you get at it. The best thing about these tips I am going to share with you is that you can implement them without feeling overwhelmed or spending a lot of money. So if after experimenting with colorful decor you decide that you prefer neutral decor, you won't feel like you have to be stuck with it. With that said, let's dive into my favorite tips for getting started with adding color to your home.

Tip 1: Incorporate colorful artwork.

If you're just dipping your toes into the world of color, you probably don't want to spend a fortune on artwork. I have found all kinds of ways to incorporate colorful artwork into my home in a cost-effective way. In doing so, I have curated an art collection full of pieces I love. Some come from online shops like Minted, but others are digital art I have created myself or bought from other small businesses. To stay on budget, you can get them printed as engineering prints at an office supply store less than $10 each.

Then pop them in inexpensive frames for a huge impact in a room. It's the perfect way to experiment with colorful artwork and to make a big impact on a really, really small budget. We almost always build our own frames for less than $20 each! Check out A Tour of the Colorful Art Throughout Our Home to see the all tips and tricks we use to fill our home with artwork we love.

Tip 2: Incorporate colorful throw pillows.

Another really easy way to add color to your decor is to incorporate colorful throw pillows. They are relatively inexpensive. I generally buy mine at Target and I've even made some from dish towels. Pillows with a navy background and just pops of color on them are a great place to start because blue is a fairly neutral color and feels less intimidating. A lot of people think, “Well, how can blue be neutral? It's not like beige or gray!” But if you think about jeans, they are blue and they go with everything! So finding throw pillows that have a lot of blue in them with just pops of other color is a little less scary. Want more pillow ideas? Check out these great ideas to DIY your own.

Tip 3: Incorporate colorful housewares.

Colorful canisters and vases are another fun and low-risk way to add color to your home. I purchased these beautiful and inexpensive canisters and have added some to my kitchen. I'm using another one as a planter in our bedroom. If you have an all-white kitchen, adding just a few colorful canisters could instantly make it more colorful for less than $50. decorate with colorful accessories

Tip 4: Incorporate colorful textiles.

Things like colorful kitchen towels, placemats, throws and tablecloths can go a long way to bring color into your home on a budget. Curtains can also be a great way to add color to a room, but they can get pricey. So, if you still aren't quite sure if a color-filled interior is for you, then stick with inexpensive textiles for now. Great places to find inexpensive textiles are Target, Wayfair, Amazon, and World Market. I also love Ikea curtains–super inexpensive and I add a fun trim to bring a pop of color!

Tip 5: Start small.

It can be overwhelming to think about adding colorful wallpaper to an entire wall or room, but it's not so scary if you add it to a small space like a closet or powder room. I'm not afraid of color (I've gotten over that hump), but I was really afraid of wallpaper! It seemed like such a big commitment, but I really wanted to try it. So, I wallpapered our linen closet. It was pretty low risk since it didn't cost a ton AND since we can shut the door. But as it turns out, we absolutely love it. decorate with color in closets

So, if you want to try something really bold, try it in a small space. Once you are confident you love it, then you can try it in a bigger space. So, there you have it! Those are my top tips for how to decorate with color even when it scares you. I hope you are feeling inspired to add some color to your home now :)

Learning how to decorate with color and add in your favorite pops of color are just one part of the design process. There's so much more that matters, like choosing items that are the correct scale, space planning, mixing patterns, choosing paint colors and more! I give easy-to-understand guidance on all of this in Designer in a Binder®! We have over 5,900 happy customers so far! Click here to learn more.
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  1. These are all great tips. Integrating small (and not permanent) pops of color can be a great way to incorporate the pretty hues without a long term commitment – You can even swap for the seasons!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the tips!

      • Allison Pryor says:

        I’m curious how Thea’s kitchen cabinets are holding up? I’d like to paint my new kitchen cabinets (bare wood) and am wondering how the process differs from painting over an existing finish.

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