Nature is not beige. Nature is bursting with vibrant, eye catching colors . Even green comes in a myriad of shades and hues. Try being as bold and brazen as nature and add color throughout your home. It will lift you spirits and add personality and a little zest.
The American Southwest is an area that truly embraces color and has no inhibitions about putting rich gem tones together. The decor of the area reflects the natural environment combining full bodied bright colors with the earthy and the rustic. Look no further than the southwest for the potent combination of turquoise and orange. Turquoise gemstones are mined in the Southwest and made into beautiful jewelry usually set in silver. Blue represents the sea and the sky and can be used to add depth or a more serene touch with lighter, airier shades.
MEXICAN TILES & TEXTILES
Color speaks Spanish. Look to Mexico for inspiration to add a little happiness to your living space. The country is a fabulous source for brightly embroidered rugs, woven textiles and hand painted tiles and pottery. Mexico has a rich art and hand crafting tradition. The three main indigenous peoples are the Saltillo, the Otami and the Zapotec. Each has its own signature style and pattern but don’t be afraid to mix them up. There are no rules. Colors are saturated and rich – purples, pinks, oranges and turquoise. You don’t necessarily want to live in a hacienda, but adding a backsplash of handmade tiles or a tiles coffee table adds a dash of color and spice.
BATHROOMS CAN BE FUN
If you are not quite ready or willing to add big swaths of color in your main living areas, then be bold in your bathroom. Add color to your doors, walls and storage unit and contrast with a classic black and white floor.
PAINT IS NOT PERMANENT
If you are good at DIY, a splash of color is easy to achieve with a spare weekend and a can of paint. Paint can lift a room out of the ordinary into the exotic, the exciting or the romantic. Try an accent wall in a bold color that neutrals will bounce off. Bookcases are great to display books of course and your favorite art pieces. Try painting the interior sections in different colors to contrast with the main color of the bookcase. The colors will draw the eye and create a focal point.
If you do not feel quite ready to commit to accent walls and colored cabinets, then throw caution to the wind with your accessories. They can be changed in an instant if you get tired of the look or find them a bit much to live with. Combine colors in copious cushions; make a rug the center of attention; brighten up the walls with large potent art pieces.
PRETTY PATIOS ADD PIZZAZZ
It doesn’t matter what plants and flowers you put together, they always look inspiring. Yes, some combinations work better than others, but once you move outside, why not take the same approach as nature and imagine seeds randomly falling anywhere. Paint pots, fences and furniture. Let loose with eclectic pottery and garden art. Don’t know where to put some of the souvenirs you have brought back from vacations? Find a spot for them outside. To top it off, add a plentiful collection of cheerful annuals to really bring the space alive.