Decorating with Bright ColorsThere are so many wonderful ways you can use bright colors to decorate!  Whether you are trying to stage your home to sell or just want to brighten up your space, try some of these ideas to get a really great look!

Textiles

Whether it’s a single throw pillow, a brightly upholstered ottoman, or beautiful window treatments, using fabrics made of bright colors is a great way to add life to a space. If you’re nervous of using a lot of them, start small. Don’t spend a lot of money on a bright sofa, but rather toss a few inexpensive pillows on a neutral sofa.

Art

Add a little zest around your house with bright artwork. These can be paintings, posters, or even art made by your kids. Put them in frames and hang them on a wall. You can also do this with pieces of fabric, or put small brightly colored objects in shadow boxes and hang them.

Accessories

Whether it’s a vase, a decorative box, a picture frame or even a bowl full of brightly colored fruit, little accessories can add joie de vivre to any space. Try hanging a bright paper lantern in your dining room or kitchen for an inexpensive hit of color above.

Tableware

The sky’s the limit when it comes to tableware. Dishes are available in every color of the rainbow and in a never-ending array of patterns. Don’t forget also that you can dress up a table with bright placemats, napkins, napkin rings and place cards.

Walls

Paint is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to add color to a room. You don’t need to paint every wall in a bright color – try a feature wall. Alternatively try painting the bottom half or top half of walls. You can also do fun things like hang some empty frames on the walls and then paint the square of wall inside. Or try painting just the trim around the doors and windows in a bright color. There is literally no end to what can be done.

Furniture

There’s a lot that can be done wife furniture. If you’re not afraid of commitment by all means upholster your furniture in a bright and sassy color – and if it has pattern so much the better! If it’s not your style you can do something that’s less of a commitment but will have just as big an impact: paint a side chair, table or chest of drawers. Imagine walking into your entranceway and being greeted by a bright turquoise console table or bold red side chair. Instant happiness!

Lamps

Lamps are important for adding task and ambient lighting into a space, but they’re also important decorative items. Adding a shapely lamp in a bright color can add a real punch of personality to a room. And it doesn’t stop with the lamp itself. Lampshades are available in all sorts of colors and patterns, and if you can’t find one that suits you, you can dress up a plain shade in any way you want. Use ribbon, decorative trim or even fabric paint to customize shades in your own way.

Floors

You might not want to tile your floor in a bright mosaic pattern (but good for you if you do!), but there are many ways to add color to the floor. Area rugs are great and can be purchased in every style and at every price point. Use them throughout your home and don’t be afraid to move them around from room to room. If it’s too much for you try some little floor mats or throw rugs that are small. You can also use carpet tiles to create your own design anywhere in your home. Another great place to add some color is the stairway. Cover it in a bright runner or if it suits your home try painting the stairs!

When it comes to adding bright colors to your home there’s no limit to what you can do. The key is to know yourself and what you can live with. If you’re not ready for commitment don’t spend a lot of money. Try incorporating them in small ways and then add more as you see fit. And remember, one of the best ways to experiment with color is to bring in fresh flowers. Try different combinations and see how they look in different rooms. You’ll soon figure out which colors you prefer and which ones look best in your home.