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7 Color Decorating Ideas You Can Try Before the Year Ends

Your white wall doesn't have to be plain and boring

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Photography: Jojo Gloria (Main Photo)

Touches of color can do wonders in a space—aside from helping us spruce up tired nooks, it allows us to experiment and have fun when decorating the home. As proven by some of our featured homes, having white walls doesn’t equate to having an ordinary-looking space. If you're looking for a few color ideas you can work on, we've rounded up some of the spaces we love to serve as inspiration. Save up for a color revamp and check these out:

Gray

Why settle for plain gray walls when you can create a magical world with just a few additions? Take inspiration from this Harry Potter-inspired Airbnb in Tagaytay.


The Madhouse Design Studio team transformed the 55sqm suite into a magical place with gray stonework walls, curtains in gold and maroon, Harry Potter bed linen, and collectibles reminiscent of the wizarding world.

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READ: You Can Rent this Harry Potter-Inspired Suite in Tagaytay

If revamping the whole space to make it look like a castle is such a huge undertaking, this IKEA-inspired condo in Mandaluyong is your best bet if you love gray.


To update the classic neutral look, bring in a few wooden pieces and pastel touches to cozy up the space. A wooden bed frame adds to the clean, Scandinavian aesthetic, while the pillows add pops of color to break the monotony.

READ: An IKEA-inspired 57sqm Condo in Mandaluyong

Earth tones and neutrals

Many homeowners settle for neutral and earthy tones because these picks can instantly create a calm and relaxing ambiance. What more can you do aside from painting your walls in taupe, mocha, and gray?


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You can pick a wallpaper with subtle patterns that can give your room an earthy feel. Pair it with neutral-colored drapes and you’ll surely feel like you’re in a hotel room. Keep your bedroom airy by making sure you have sheer white curtains, too.

READ: A Classic Townhouse in Quezon City With an Elegant, Neutral Palette

Red

Accent walls are becoming staples in many homes because it can break the monotony in a room and add character to a space. Aside from working with go-to picks like green, blue, and yellow, why not experiment with red like actress Julia Montes?


Tone down the overall look by pairing it with white walls and light-colored furniture.

READ: Julia Montes's Two-Storey Home in Antipolo

Green

Nothing compares to the calm and refreshing vibe a touch of green brings. Instead of the usual shades of green we see in most homes, take the plunge and give sage green a try.

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It has a Zen-like appeal that can give your home an outdoorsy vibe, too. Consider painting a sage green accent wall in the living area—to give guests a warm welcome—or in the bedroom, to help you enjoy a rewarding slumber.

READ: We're Crushing on this Calming 34sqm Condo Unit in BGC

White

In many homes, white is commonly paired with wooden touches to keep it from being too plain. For a change, work on an all-white look and liven it up with prints and patterns.


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In this bedroom, the owner created a serene and heaven-like escape with white walls and white sheets. To keep it from being boring, prints were incorporated through pillows and blankets. She also brought in indoor plants.

READ: See How This TV Producer's 90sqm Condo Rocks the Vintage Industrial Style

In some spaces, the owners have to settle for plain, white walls because of budget constraints. Don’t fret, there are ways to avoid a lackluster haven. Use the white walls as canvas to showcase an artwork you made, similar to how the designers of this unit personalized the compact living area.


They displayed the owner’s painting to complement the white walls, giving it a tranquil, beachy feel. As an alternative, you can also use having white walls as an opportunity to bring in furniture and accessories in dark gray and navy blue. Polish the look with a black-and-white patterned area rug.

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READ: A Bright and Contemporary Look for a 10-Year-Old Condo

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