Most of us are a little nervous when it comes to colour.
Except when you live in Durban that is! I have done a few shoots in this beautiful city in my career and have been blown away by the bold use of colour in their interiors. Truly refreshing.
I have found 10 easy ways to introduce colour in your home. Be bold, be brave and play a little! After all, it’s almost Spring!
1. Put your favorite crockery pieces on display
Mix and match old and new crockery pieces in open shelves to create a playful display – they are too pretty to be hidden in a cupboard anyway.
2. Painted furniture
Paint old chairs in bright happy colours and see how they come to life!
3. Create a gallery wall
Group some of your favorite art works (including the kids’ drawings) to create a gallery wall. Remember to consider your lighting carefully. You could even play with one or two colorful frames added to the mix to add some visual interest.
4. Bright frames
I really like the yellow and grey trend at the moment. Why not buy or salvage old vintage frames and give them a loving coat of bright yellow and grey paint? It’s a cheap way of introducing color.
Wallpaper is not readily available and as cheap as chips (or almost). Let your walls bloom with a fresh wallpaper sporting yellow blooms.
6. Retro revival
Look for beautifully shaped furniture pieces and update them with either paint or simply by reupholstering the pillows. Combined with the right art work you have a sophisticated setting with a quirky retro twist.
7. Bright accessories
If you need to ease into the color thing – why not use colour in accessories surrounded by a crisp white canvas? This way you can always change it if you get overwhelmed or want to update according to the season.
8. Festive lanterns
Not only reserved for parties, try these playful lanterns available from your local Chinese shop as a focus point above a dining room table. Here the ‘power in numbers’ rule apply: group a few of them together to make a confident colour statement.
9. Colour underfoot
A rug can anchor a setting and you will be surprised at the difference it makes to a interior. It adds another layer and can be the perfect colourful accessory to a setting that needs a little something. Look out for modern and geometrical patterns as they are simply gorgeous.
10. Scatters and blooms
It’s a well known fact that scatters and blooms are one of the least expensive items you can use to make a big difference in a room without breaking the bank.