Monday, May 3, 2010

Using colour in your home


My lovely readers often say to me that they are nervous playing with colour and often find themselves sticking with safer options that they "know" they will like. Whilst I too adore whites and neutrals, I find it very rewarding to try brighter options on furniture and accessorising with pops of colour.

I have also become braver over time and started to realise, using colour on items that can be changed is the perfect way to give something a new look and lift without feeling locked in. My favourite way to use colour is on smaller items of furniture, cushions and accessories as they can be moved around the home and updated again very easily.

For my Australian readers who are thinking about venturing out into painting furniture with brighter options I would highly recommend Porters Paints who offer the most delightful selection of colours. And the best thing about the Porters range is they sell little tiny samples so you aren't forced to buy 1 litre of paint, you can take a couple of little samples home, try them out and then make an informed decision about the best colour for you. Too easy I say!

I thought these examples were beautiful uses of colour. Fun, quirky and interesting. Kellie xx


Image 1 & 3 from Graham and Green. Image 3 & 4 via Dwellings and Decor.

22 comments:

  1. What gorgeous colours! I agree, cushions and small bit of furntiure are a good place to start - I am spray painting some water hyacinth storage cubes a pale blue to go with the white of my shelving. I'm happy with the results and want to paint more things!!

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  2. I couldn't live without colour, and think your suggestions are great to inspire the evr so slightly colour-timid.

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  3. I am loving that red and white sideboard!!

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  4. The colour are very sweet! Love it.
    Have a great monday!
    xox

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  5. Great pics! I love neutral walls with punches of color.

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  6. I do love colour! These are amazing lovely...thanks for sharing. xoxoxo

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  7. Summer Summer to me!! Have a great new week, Kellie! xx

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  8. I adore the closet office! I have always wanted a neat little space like that. Thanks so much for sharing these lovelies, and Happy Monday :)

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  9. Todo lo que te puedo decir es bellos esos trabajos que se ven en la foto, amiga son una muy buena idea a la hora de decorar un ambiente. Un abrazo desde ARGENTINA. GRACIELA

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  10. Love color!

    ...try it first in the smallest room, and go big!

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  11. Beautiful! I'm one of those people who are afraid of using these types of pinks and blues because I'm afraid I won't do it right, haha.

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  12. A huge WOW for that TV setup...those lamps are incredible!

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  13. So much beauty in your blog, darling!!!! I`ve been hooked for a long time, I have to go now!!!
    Will be back, for sure!!!
    Greetings from Chile,
    Maria Cecilia

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  14. These are great examples of using color, very pretty!

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  15. oh my do I love ALL of these snaps. I really like the second to last photo with the vintage mirrored frames.

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  16. Hi Kellie!
    I love color and thought I appreciate a white or beige home, I just could not live in one.
    With pets and kids, it is just not very realistic for me!

    I love LOVE the photo of the plate and platter collage behind the television. That is so clever and such a great pop of color and personality in the room.

    Great post!
    xx
    Alison

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