Bare walls are the blank canvas of every home. Think of them as the chance to express yourself. If you can’t paint over ‘em, you can pair them still to your furnishings and various trimmings. They are, after all, the backdrop to your living spaces.
White walls, especially, go with just about anything. Whether it’s a riot of color you’re looking for (think hip, young, contemporary den with clean white walls and bright bold interior decor), or a more tempered combination of two to three colors (think classic, homey – like brown, blue and cream), look to your common household accessories to infuse some color into your surroundings.
Curtains, tablecloths, throw pillows, carpets, slipcovers for the couch – anything that’s made of fabric, anything that uses fabric, will lend that pop of color to your home with the textures, patterns, and palette you choose. The primary rule to palettes, bear in mind, are accents: accents draw the eye. They enliven and emphasize the areas that you want to highlight in any room.
Flowers, plants, terrariums – along with the pots and vases that they come in, they make for revitalized living spaces. Ensuring that they’re well-maintained, they’ll breathe new air into your rooms. Flowers, especially, will make for good accents in your home.
It’s the rare home that bears no paintings or photographs. Along with prints, tapestries, murals, and other permutations of wall art, these decorations serve not only to infuse character and color into the space – they can be conversational pieces, too. Whether it’s a purchase from that up-and-coming prodigy from the art gallery, a series of posters of your favorite bands, or a photo of your latest vacation, make the walls speak for yourself to your guests.
A stylish new innovation. With a simple two-step application – peel and stick, peel and stick – removable wallpaper comes in an array of colors, patterns and prints. It’s utterly convenient, and some brands are reusable, at that.
Consider these objects as well: lamp shades, light fixtures, figurines and sculptural art, decorative candles . . . the possibilities are endless. Mix ‘n match or find inspiration in catalogs, magazines, and the Web. It’s as easy as pie.