Have you ever been round a showroom, or flicked through a modern home interior magazine and found yourself bored? Your eyes glazing over all the white and beiges until it hypnotizes you?
We all have. Maybe you’ve stepped into your new rental home or student digs and rolled your eyes at the bland walls. Everything is white, and it feels sterile, like breathing would dirty it, and oddly claustrophobic, like a dentist office.
What can be done about it? Well, it turns out a lot. The world is a colourful place, and at least you now have a clean slate to put your personality into the home you have. To help you out, take a look at our picks for getting a great boost of colour into an entirely white home.
The accent wall is the minimal budget, minimal effort way to make a bold and colourful statement. By only colouring the one wall, your white room will instantly feel less stifling, but it won’t be overwhelming. You can go as bold as you like with designs that would otherwise feel like too much if you covered your entire room in them. One simple colour, a vibrant pattern, embrace the random, whatever takes your fancy.
Since you’re usually only painting or wallpapering the one wall, it takes a lot less material and you can get it done really quickly, with less effort. Plus, if you are in rented accommodation with a strict landlord, there are peel and stick wallpaper options that will allow you to add colour that you can then remove when your contract is up.
When it comes to real-deal paints and wallpapers, however, we’d always recommend getting a professional to do the work on your behalf.
Is that real wood floor starting to look a little drab? Years of traffic over it can leave it looking dull, stained, scratched and that’s all without mentioning the holes that can form between floorboards.
But if you look into professional floor sanding services, you can see your real wood flooring restored to its original state – and give yourself a fresh canvas to put down whatever shade of varnish you feel like.
This is where your chance to go bold comes in. A lot of darker shades of flooring are coming back. You can look into a rich deep mahogany to contrast those white floors or go outright black for a modern finish.
The upcycling trend with furniture is taking off, and there are a lot of perks to it. Reusing sturdier furniture, saving money, and most of all, making a vibrant change without even spending a penny.
With the upcycle trend has come a new appreciation for furniture in fun colours. You can have a turquoise chest of drawers, or a velvet green dining set, or even just that beautiful orange squashy chair you’ve always loved.
The good part of this is that you can spend as little or as much as you want. That old chest of drawers you’re tired of looking at need only a sanding and a lick of paint to be rejuvenated. Or you can buy yourself a new sofa in a vibrant bold colour to offset the bland white of the room.