Colours can add life and zest to a boring space. If used correctly, it can enchant and mesmerize as well as add a happy and cheerful look to a room. So control your urge to use safe, neutral palette and embrace bold and bright hues to perk up your lacklustre space with these ideas. Add to this, a casual and youthful approach to make it vibrant and livable.
Ideas to Create Cheerful Rooms
Be courageous and pile on vivid and dazzling colours on your wall. A fresh coat of paints will immediately give a cheery look to a drab room. This is also the fast and inexpensive way to give a face-lift to any space. So choose from turquoise, purple, lavender, fuchsia, red, apple green, sunny yellow, sea green or yellow green, etc. colours for your walls. You can also create an accent wall with a bright hue on one wall and lighter ones on the other three. A dab of paints with a rag or sponge can create some sophisticated textures on the wall. Borders or skirting in contrast colour will add an element of interest. Also if you paint the lower part of the wall from its middle with a lighter shade, it will bring your bold colour furniture and furnishing in focus while the dark colour on the top will give a bright look . Furniture in contrast colours will create a sense of drama.
Once you have painted the walls, introduce colour to other areas of the room. Furnishing fabrics and rugs could be used as points of inspiration to create a colour scheme. For example a vibrant rug with bold patterns will look magnificent against the blue walls; a coral curtain will bring in rich colour to your living room, or a metallic framed mirror and candle stands will jazz up your crimson mantle.
Experiment with interesting colours on your furniture pieces. A pair of tufted chairs in azure blue and a coordinated rug will give a lavish touch to a room that has light grey walls and metallic accents. Or a yellow lounger in an orange room will add warm accents to the space. Introduce the colour scheme with pillows with patterns in orange and yellow. A bold floral rug in these colours and small prints on curtains will welcoming the guests with flourish.
Paint an antique chair in glossy red or turquoise and upholster in soft geometric or in bold brocade.
Develop the colour scheme in different layers. If you have several pieces of chairs and sofas, mix two to three different colours in the upholstery. A tribal rug and bright paintings will bind the elements together. Or choose two colours – for example icy blue and sea green. Use several shades of these two delicate colours on furniture, furnishings and cabinetry, with subtle patterns thrown in, to add depth to your space.
Embellish a neutral room with bright accents and accessories. A few cushions in bright colours or bold patterns will brighten up your space instantly. Or you can mix plain and patterned cushions with brocade and embroidered ones—but be careful to avoid a cluttered look. A pair of lamps in bold colours, vases, boxes, paintings, statuettes and even books will lend the required colour to a placid room. The colourful accents will give that extra punch to a white room, making it look chic.