Decorating Ideas: Unexpected Ways to Add Color to your Home

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

Color is one of our favorite ways to bring personality and a focal point into a space in your home. We love the way that unexpected uses of color can really speak to your personal style and set your home apart! We’ve rounded up a few decorating ideas that bring color into your space.

1. DON’T FORGET THE WAINSCOTING

In the office space below, we love the way that wainscoting in just a shade darker than the wall color adds drama, without being too busy. Crisp white wainscoting is a beautiful accent to traditional homes, but we love the way this bright shade of turquoise feels youthful but sophisticated.

Decorating Ideas: Turquoise wood moulding

Paint color above is Behr “Realm” S-H-500


2. ADD COLOR TO A FURNITURE PIECE

Bold paint choices aren’t restricted to walls, why not jazz up an old furniture piece that you may have fallen out of love with in a happy ocean blue? In this bedroom, yellow walls are accented with pops of aqua.

Decorating Ideas: Yellow bedroom

Paint color above is Behr “Spiced Butternut” 310B-5


3. UP THE COLOR

Don’t just think side to side; consider adding color up — on the ceiling! In this bedroom, a dark brown was chosen for the ceiling, and it really helps the crown moulding stand out. Darker colors on the ceiling create a warm and cozy feel in a space, perfect for a bedroom.

Decorating Ideas: Blue bedroom

Paint colors above are Behr “Harbor” 520F-5 on the walls; MSL “Bay Colt” MSL222 on the ceiling; MSL “Bay Colt” MSL222 + “Eagle Brown” MSL365 (not available) on the headboard; and Behr “White clay” 730C-1 on the trim


4. CREATE PATTERN WITH MOULDING AND PAINT

In the gorgeous space above, you can see how concentric squares of moulding were used to create a pattern in blue and white. This adds a graphic touch to a room and brings an edginess to a traditional space.

Decorating Ideas: Blue and white moulding

Paint colors above are MSL “Lagoon” MSL125 on the walls, and MSL “Salt Glaze” MSL141 on the trim


5. OPEN THE DOOR TO COLOR

Committing to painting a room a bold color can seem intimidating, especially if your space has huge planes of wall! Doors are a great way to bring a touch of color without committing to a large swath of wall in a bold color. In the room above, a lighter shade of green was chosen for the walls while a bolder hue accents the doors.

Decorating Ideas: Bright green entryway

Paint colors above are Behr “Pear” 400A-3 on the walls, and Behr “Asparagus” 410D-4 on the door


6. USE A HALLWAY AS A BLANK CANVAS

A brightly hued hallway is a great way to bring color to the rooms surrounding it, as you’ll be able to glimpse peeks of a bright color, like this warm ocher in small doses.

Decorating Ideas: Hallway color

Paint colors above are MSL “Potter’s Clay” MSL329 on the front wall; MSL “Butterscotch” MSL 050 on the back wall, and MSL “Brook Trout” MSL244 on the trim


7. TWO-TONE MOULDINGS

We love the idea of blending moulding colors in a space, as this entryway does. It has crisp white moulding around the doorways and for the picture moulding, but the crown moulding gets a special treatment in moody black. This is also a great way to visually link moulding that may intersect from other rooms. For example, the staircase has black railings which descend from the downstairs, but the other rooms on the lower level have white moulding. By lending the same dark treatment to the crown moulding in the entryway, it links the upstairs treatment to the downstairs.

Decorating Ideas: A bold entryway

Paint colors above are MSL “Hickory” MSL202 on the walls; Glidden “Onyx Black” GLN62 on the trim; Behr “Ballet White” UL130-13 on the ceiling; Behr “Mirage Lake” 500D-6, Glidden “Bright Black Raspberry” GLR01, and Behr “Ballet White” UL130-13 (again) on the stair risers


8. ACCENT YOUR WINDOWS

We’ve covered moulding, doors, and ceilings, but have you ever thought about giving your window muntin a bold splash of color? In this room, you can see that the windows have a rich mauve color, adding a gorgeous accent to an often-neglected area of the home. Now you really have a reason to draw back the curtains!

Decorating Ideas: Color on window muntin

Paint colors above are Behr “Spartan Stone” 780D-5 on the walls, and Behr “Gallery Red” 150F-6 on the trim

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