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. 

Broing Gray Walls
It is time to say goodbye to uniform gray paint and white trim.

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.  

Personalized Two-Tone Kitchen by Amity Worrel
Personalized Two-Tone Kitchen
Photo by Amity Worrel

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.   

Monica Geller's apartment in Friends
FRIENDS — Pictured: Set of Monica Geller’s apartment in “Friends”
Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU

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! 

Halston Home 1970s Photo from Life Magazine
Halston Home 1970s
Photo from Life Magazine

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. 

Historic Color Palette Photo from Amity Kett
Historic color palettes are tried and true, and embracing them is an effective way to restore the house’s original charm. 
Photo from Amity Kett

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. 

70s Inspired Decor the Peninsula House Photo by SJB and Andrew Parr
The groovy designs of your youth are back in style for the 2020s.
Photo by SJB and Andrew Parr

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.  

Colorful Trim Photo from Amity Worrel
Break tradition and select a bold or dark color for the window trim, crown molding, and baseboard in your room.
Photo from Amity Worrel

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. 

Same Color Different Finishes Photo from Amity Worrel
Various finishes, like matt and gloss, reflect light differently, which adds variation while keeping a consistent look. 
Photo from Amity Worrel

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.  

10 White With Accents Contemporary Living Room Photo from Amity Worrel
White With Accents Contemporary Living Room
Photo from Amity Worrel

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. 

Selecting Bold Art from Amity Worrel
Bring in color with bright and bold artwork.
Photo from Amity Worrel

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.  

Lip Wallpaper Photo from Amity Worrel
Lip Wallpaper Photo
Photo from Amity Worrel

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. 

Maximalist Fun in Palm Springs
Window Treatments are another dramatic way to bring color into a room.
Photo: Maximalist Fun in Palm Springs

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.    

Closed Concept Paint Colors Photo from Amity Worrel
With a closed-concept plan, each room can take on a new color palette and personality.
Photo from Amity Worrel

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