14 Ways to Add Color to Your Home
It’s Time to Embrace Color Again—Our San Antonio Interior Designers and Architects Say Goodbye to Gray
Our San Antonio interior designers and architects have gone over all the rules on how to choose interior paint colors and exterior paint colors for your home. With so many different paint colors and finishes available, the selection process can be complex. We’ve shown that color selection ain’t for the faint of heart! Maybe that’s why we’ve all limited ourselves to gray and white interiors over the last decade. But, who says we can’t fall back in love with color? Our interior designers and architects say goodbye to gray and make the argument for bringing bright and beautiful colors back into our spaces. We share 14 inspirational ways to add color to your home—including paint-free options. Let’s fall in love with color again!
14 Ways to Add Color to Your Home that Will Make You Fall in Love with Color Again
1. Break Up with Gray Walls
In the 2010s, homeowners and builders covered every wall with uniform gray paint and white trim. How boring! It is time to say goodbye to this dated trend. Home color trends are moving away from neutral colors and embracing bold and personalized color selections. Color affects the mood and energy of a room, so make sure you create an environment that inspires.
2. Embrace Personalized Color Palettes
The new interior design trends of the decade include maximalism, cottagecore, and, most importantly, showcasing personal style. Embracing personalized color palettes can be complicated, especially for homeowners who subscribed to the “white and gray” trend of the last decade. Be brave and put your favorite colors on the walls! Remember, it is your home, not your neighbor’s home. Design it around your preferences.
3. Pull Color Inspiration From Television
If the color selection process has you stumped, look no further than the homes and apartments on your favorite television shows. The sets of TV classics like Friends, Mad Men, and Mary Tyler Moore provide inspirational color palettes you can reference in your own home. There’s a reason why we all fell in love with these TV apartments—they’re designed to capture attention, create a mood, and make the stars of the show look great.
4. Pick Colors That Make You Look Good
The color selections for a room have a huge impact on how people look in that room. So why not choose colors that will make you and your guests look good? Fashion designer Halston designed his famous New York City townhome on this principle, selecting cool grays and blacks that wouldn’t clash with his friends’ fashionable ensembles. Rich blues, dark grays, warm golds, and light pinks complement a range of skin tones and outfits and make anyone look amazing. On the other hand, stark white is the least flattering color, which is why no one looks chic in a boring office cubicle!
5. Pull From Historic Color Palettes
If you own a period home, like a Craftsman, for example, research historical color palettes popular during the era of the home. These color palettes are tried and true, and embracing them is an effective way to restore the house’s original charm.
6. Get Groovy with Psychedelic Colors
If you are a flower child of the 70s, you will be happy to know that the groovy designs of your youth are back in style for the 2020s. Homeowners are embracing the bold colors of the psychedelic design movement to create high-energy spaces that offer highly personalized style with a nod to nostalgia.
7. Remember That Brown is a Color Too
The interior designers at our San Antonio studio find that most of our clients don’t initially consider brown when making color selections. Sadly, brown gets overlooked. However, it is a rich color that can create a warm, welcoming, and cozy feel in a space.
8. Use Trim Colors Other Than White
Typically, the default color for millwork or trim is white. Instead of following the status quo, break tradition and select a bold or dark color for the window trim, crown molding, and baseboard in your room. Choosing a color other than white creates an unexpected effect and draws attention to the details of the home.
9. Paint Walls and Trims the Same Color with Different Finishes
If color options for walls and trim work become too overwhelming, go with the same color for both! Painting walls and trim in the same color with different finishes is becoming a popular home color trend. Various finishes, like matt and gloss, reflect light differently, which adds variation while keeping a consistent look.
10. Add Color to White Rooms with Accessories
Love white? No problem! White walls are perfect for showcasing bright accessories and furnishings. When selecting white paint, make sure to choose a white with a slight hue of color so the space doesn’t feel stark or bare.
11. Hang Art to Bring in Color
If you are afraid to paint the entire room, bring in color with bright and bold artwork. Hanging art will transform the space and add that personal touch.
12. Use Wallpaper to Add Color, Texture, and Pattern
On the other hand, some homeowners want to add more than just one color to a wall. Different types of wallpaper options feature unique textures, colors, and patterns that add dimension and personality to the home.
13. Bring in Color with Window Treatments
Window treatments are another dramatic way to bring color into a room. With endless textile options, drapes offer a beautiful range of colors, patterns, and textures that soften a space while showcasing personal style.
14. More Rooms Mean More Opportunities for Color
There are many pros and cons of open-concept floor plans. One limitation is paint color options. When painting open-concept spaces, color choices are limited as the final color has to carry through multiple zones of the house and look good across a range of entertainment areas. On the other hand, closed-concept floor plans have more rooms that provide more opportunities to incorporate different paint colors throughout the home. With a closed-concept plan, each room can take on a new color palette and personality.