Building & Renovating

6 Ways To Add Color To Your Home Without Using Paint

It's time to put down the paintbrush and start working on these ideas!

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

There's no denying that a fresh paint job can transform a home from drab to fab. However, there are a handful of instances that can stop you from giving your walls a fresh coat—you might be living in a rental, a big home improvement project isn't part of your planned budget, or maybe you just don't want to commit to long-term change. No need to worry, adding color to your home doesn't always have to be expensive or permanent. Here are a few ways you can surround yourself in brilliant hues without having to pick up a can of enamel:

1. Switch out black standard frames for sleek and colorful pieces. 

Liven up your plain white walls with pieces that grab your attention—aside from brightening up your space, it gives your art a boost—making it stand out. You can also pick up other accessories in the same color like a simple chair or pillows to highlight the wall decor even more. 

2. Place a huge rug at the center of the room. 

A beautiful area rug that covers the floor is a great way to add some sneaky color accents without having to do much else. In this home, the walls and the furniture are kept neutral except for the green carpet with chevron prints that doubles as the focal point of the space. 

3. Go green with indoor plants. 

Never underestimate the power of plants and flowers when adding vibrancy to a room. Depending on your style, you can go with feminine bouquets or a couple of succulents for a classic look. Display them wherever you like—on your coffee table, on empty shelves, or on a windowsill—to give your home an unexpected wow factor. 

4. Dress up your home in different pieces of art. 

Bold and graphic posters, travel souvenirs, typography—any of these can bring serious flair to a space. Consider hanging a few frames on the wall behind your couch or over the dining table to add dimension to your space. 

5. Add a splash of color everywhere. 

Can't choose where to add a pop of color? Use it anywhere you can think of—the seating, rug, pillows, lamps and even the tiniest of accessories. Make sure to use colors that match to avoid oversaturating your space. 

6. Perk up a mellow layout with bright-colored furniture. 

Take your time to think about which color you like best and use the same shade around the entire room. In this vanity, a powerful pop of red was chosen for the shelves and the desk—making everything look streamlined and right at home. 

PHOTOS: Vincent Coscolluela (Main and 5) | Marc Jao | Paolo Feliciano and Pat Martires | Chira Dela Cruz

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