Nothing cheers me up like coming home to an apartment filled with color. But whether you own or rent your apartment, adding color to your walls may not always be allowed. And if you’re like me (I’m not a fan of painting), then changing your wall color probably isn’t the ‘color pop’ option you’re looking for. It also means you’re kinda stuck with the color you choose for an extended length of time (unless you repaint). And really, who has that kind of energy anymore? I certainly don’t.
I have become such a huge fan of bright, bold colors; reds and oranges and teals and yellows. And coming up with color combinations for my living space has become one of my favorite things to do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for neutral colors. I love my browns, and nudes, and tans, and beiges and those colors are perfect for my quiet spaces (aka my bedroom). But I tend to really overdo it in my living room and office space. Vibrant splashes of color give my apartment an instant makeover, create a warm and welcoming ambience, and elevate my mood.
If you’ve been looking for an easy, not too expensive way to brighten up your living space…here are some ideas:
If you want to brighten up bare walls, then decals are definitely your thing. You can splash your walls with quotes written in beautiful calligraphy, or transform them with nature scenes. They are fantastic pieces of wall art and the color choices are endless, they’re also very easy to apply. I’ve bought some fantastic ones from these two sellers on Etsy, Spiffy Decals and Empressive Designs.
Paintings and Photographs
Whenever I decide on a color combo for my space the first thing I start looking for is a piece of art that complements those colors. It doesn’t have to be an exact match, but it should at least be in the same color family. Canvas paintings are a great look for your walls if you want a quick splash of color, and they’re relatively inexpensive. Additionally, hanging pictures never go out of style, and it’s a great way to show off your photography skills. I have a few amateur portraits that I’ve taken myself, proudly displayed so everyone can see them.(My photography skills are in the beginning stages, but I’m still proud of those pieces). Wayfair and Target are great places to find inexpensive canvas art, and fabulous photo frames.
I loooooooove throw pillows. I am obsessed with them and have 2 jumbo storage bags deep in my closet filled with various colors and textures. They are such a fun way to brighten up your apartment space, not to mention comfy. Throw blankets are also a great option. Dress up a neutral chair with a brightly colored throw blanket to add some pizzaz to it, drape it over the arm of your sofa, or wrap yourself up in it while watching TV on those not so toasty nights. HomeGoods is a great place to find throw pillows, so is Bed Bath and Beyond.
I had carpeting installed when I first moved into my apartment. Man, do I regret that now. Area rugs look so much better on beautiful hardwood floors, and are a great way to provide floor coverage without subjecting yourself to hours of vacuuming. If I had to do it all again, I probably would have ditched the whole carpeting thing. I still however, use a rug in my foyer area and it looks fantastic. Prices can vary depending on the size of your rug, but they are still worthy investments, and last a long time if you take good care of them. You can find quality, reasonably priced rugs at The Home Depot.
I love quirky. And while I’m all for classic furniture, there’s nothing wrong with having a unique piece to add some personality to your space. I am a huge fan of Etsy, it’s a great place to find unique or antique one-of-a-kind pieces. But I’m also a DIY kinda woman. There’s so much satisfaction in repurposing an item you already own into something unique and beautiful. Pinterest is a great place to find DIY projects (follow my ‘I can make this‘ board for some ideas).
I have candles everywhere in my apartment, the bedroom, the bathroom, the living room. The thing is, I hardly ever burn them especially because I have carpet, they are strictly for decoration. It’s a great way to add a pop of color to any space, and they smell amazing too (even without burning them). New York has some fabulous candle stores. Red Flower and Diptyque come to mind. But I pretty much buy candles everywhere, including amazon.com.
Whether you grow your own or you buy them, flowers are one of the most beautiful ways to add color to your apartment. I try to buy a bouquet at least every two weeks to brighten up my spot. Roses are of course my favorite even though the smell sometimes messes with my allergies the first day or two. No matter how blah your space may feel, I guarantee you will get an instant lift with a vase of gorgeous flowers….do not underestimate the power of nature. It not only brightens the room, but brightens your mood.
As a jewelry designer, I’m always fascinated by color whether bright or muted. There is no doubt that color has a huge effect on your mind and your mood. I’ve found that there are certain colors that connect with my soul and give me life. How about you? How do you brighten up your space? Does your decor change with the seasons? Are you into bright colors or neutrals? If you are thinking of adding a splash of color to your space, just go with what feels good, that’s what I always do. Happy Decorating!