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5 Easy Ways to Use Color at Home

Inject pops of color to your space without spending much


Color is one of the most personal choices you can make for your home. But just because you’re not a big fan of the bright, bold kinds doesn’t mean you can’t add visual interest to your space. Here are easy ways to inject pops of color to your rooms—without scaring the colorphobic in you.

Unit styled by Ayet San Jose. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Keep these tips in mind:

Use color as an accent.

“Pick one bold color—something you can live with for a long time—then use it as an accent paired with neutral colors. This way, you won’t feel overwhelmed with too many colors or end up with a bare-looking room,” says architect Ivy Tablante.

Choose an overall palette.

“Try one color, then use various shades and tones of it in different rooms of the house,” suggests interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino.

Keep it simple.

“Don’t overdo your design. Instead, choose your wall colors from the fabrics you want to use in the room—whether it’s on the pillows or on a chair that has an interesting pattern or print,” says Hannah.

Play with texture and materials.

 “Use a variety of materials such as wood, metal, stone, or cement. The natural color and texture of these materials will serve as the accent in an all-white or neutral room,” says Amanda Valenton, co-founder and principal interior designer at Créatif Interior and lecturer at the SoFA Design Institute.

Combine patterns.

“A black and white room will look great if patterns are properly used, and beautifully mixed and matched,” adds Amanda.

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