Color Curious? Here are our top tips for adding color to your home

We know black and white are our thing, but even we can’t resist the thrill of experimenting with color in our homes. Also, color is not an all-or-nothing game. Even when used in small doses, bright and bold hues can instantly liven up a room and create a fun, happy atmosphere. So if you’re a color-shy neutralist or a color maximalist not sure where to start, we’re here to tell you that there are many easy ways to master color in your home. From paint and wallpaper to furniture and décor, we share ours Top tips to fill your home with color. For a more modern interior, visit the Design Milk Shop!

keep it simple

Photo: Dazey Den

We know how overwhelming the color scheme can be, but before you panic, heed this advice from an interior designer Dani Dazey from Dazey cave, “I suggest choosing a primary and a secondary color in a room and then incorporating them into the accents and decor whenever possible.” Start your color journey with a primary and secondary hue in mind to prevent Keep the room from getting too crowded and help maintain balance by adding decorative pieces. If having two main colors already sounds like too much for you, Dazey continues, “Something I always suggest when you’re curious about color is try an accent wall or small-scale mural.”

When it comes time to shop for paint, we’re big fans of Backdrop. Unlike the aisles of your local hardware store, buying paint at Backdrop is an online affair, defined by a curated selection of modern hues that will only seduce and never overwhelm. Plus, they offer adhesive samples shipped right to your door so you can test your color choices before making a decision. Here are some of our favorite colors.

Tanlines from Backdrop
This rich, deep yellow hue will instantly add warmth and depth to any room in the home.

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The Early Stuff by Backdrop
Neutral fans will find solace in the touch of gray captured in this cool shade of blue and the way it brings lightness and freshness to a room (perfect for spring!).

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Use art, rugs + furniture as anchors

angela blem

Photo: Angela Chrusciaki Blehm

Using larger decorative elements as a starting point is a great way to ensure the colors in the room stay cohesive and in sync with every step. Decorating her colorful dream home, artist and designer Angela Chrusciaki Blehm did just that, saying, “I take color cues from the art in the room and go from there, with a penchant for large blocks of color in my furniture and walls to complement the art.” Even if you’re not decorating your art collection, Blehms applies Approach, too, when using key pieces of furniture or a statement rug as the north star of your color palette. Go bold with a color block accent chair and a complementary paint color, or find your accent color amidst the multicolored hues of your living room rug. A color anchor makes the wheels spin safely.

wafer-thin bench

Paper thin bench by Lennart Lauren
This ultra-modern bench will be the fun and stylish focal point of any room you place it in. Between the industrial character of the powder-coated steel material and its modern curves and color combinations, Lennart Lauren’s Paperthin Bench is bursting with color inspiration. We can see this bench working beautifully as a pop of color in a more neutral, dominant space, or as the core of a bright, multicolored space.

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Heymat Amethyst carpet

Grain amethyst carpet from Heymat
Made in collaboration with designer Stine Aas, Heymat’s Amethyst Grain rug is the perfect focal point for your room’s color story. Featuring a unique, abstract pattern inspired by the organic form of pebbles, the Amethyst Grain Rug captures a calming spectrum of cool hues of lavender, periwinkle and indigo, with numerous complementary color options. We love the amethyst rug so much we designed an entire entryway around it!

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claudia pearson artwork

Desert Ebb + Tide Linen Art by Claudia Pearson
Inspired by her time on a silent meditation retreat, illustrator Claudia Pearson brings a warm, sunny yellow hue and abstract cairn-inspired shapes to your space with her Desert Ebb + Flow Linen Artwork. Whether you’re embracing the natural tone of linen stones or the deep marigold yellow backdrop, anchoring a room’s color palette with Pearson’s Ebb + Flow is guaranteed to be delightful and calming.

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Use architecture as a cheat sheet

Sam Buckley interior

Photo: Alix McIntosh Photography

Does your space have architectural features or quirks that you’re not sure how to deal with? They turn out to be perfect vehicles for color accents. “Using architectural features in some places and ignoring others is a great way to choose what you need to achieve balance,” says interior designer and all-round color expert Sam Buckley. Wainscoting, wall panels, chair rails, fixtures, and light bays are all prime objects for color experiments that bring out the textural details in the space!

Set accents with cushions, planters and other decorative accents

Another key in Buckley’s Color Guide – look out for patterns. “By avoiding overloaded or complicated patterns, the ‘noise level’ is kept down and it helps create something colorful and bold without a headache,” says the designer. Instead of overdoing it with brightly colored patterns, scatter them around the room in the form of small accents, as suggested by Angela Chrusciaki Blehm. “I love adding color and pattern marks to cushions, vessels and sculptural pieces,” says the artist and designer.

optical motion cushion

Optical Motion Cushion Cover by Dittohouse
Molly Fitzpatrick, founder and lead designer at Dittohouse, is inspired by Op Art techniques and is celebrated for her modern and maximalist use of colour. Consisting of just 4 yarn colors, this cushion cover’s high-contrast pattern of multicolored diagonal lines gives the illusion that far more than 4 shades are at work – making the Optical Movement Cover a fun and playful way to incorporate a range of colors and patterns into your Space.

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green unlimited planter

Franklin 12 Self-Watering Ceramic Pot by Greenery Unlimited
The Greenery Unlimited Franklin 12 Planter is new to the Milk Shop design and offers a double hit of colour. Plants are a foolproof way to already add color to a room, but consider the striking cobalt blue hue on the Franklin planter (there’s a gorgeous canary yellow, too!) and we’re head over heels in love. We also love the self-watering design, which helps keep little plants hydrated healthily and at their own pace.

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throw loop blanket

Ribbon Quilt Throw by Anchal Project
The Anchal Project Ribbon Quilt Throw embodies a mood-enhancing color palette of warm pinks, oranges and mustards, spruce greens, slate blues and neutral bone tones – making this a quilt that’s sure to win the hearts of color beginners and obsessed alike! The simplicity of the striped pattern is far from overwhelming, and the accessible colors make it easy to balance alongside other pops of color in the home. And when you support Anchal Projects, you also support their skilled artisan partners in Ajmer, India who have hand sewn every piece!

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Consider temporary wallpaper

If you’re a renter who wants a pop of color without having to repaint the entire apartment on moving day, a temporary, removable wallpaper option like Tempaper will save you time and money. There are countless contemporary patterns to choose from that will add color and visual interest to your walls without overwhelming your space. Use Tempaper on an accent wall or to highlight architectural features in the room. Here are some of our favourites:

cabana wallpaper

This whimsical and wavy pattern on Tempaper’s Cabana wallpaper, coupled with its rich teal colourway, brings a modern yet retro look to interiors while playing up the curvy design trend that’s all the rage this year.

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watercolor leaves wallpaper

watercolor leaves
For a nature-inspired look, Tempaper’s Watercolor Leaves Pattern is a winner. The leafy pattern is abstract enough to peacefully coexist with the rest of your home decor, while the light blue and green tones add vibrancy and serenity to your space. It is also available in other colors!

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Alexa is Commerce Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound Phoebe. As a longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shop recommendations, she might be buried in a book, watching reality TV, or going on adventures around her town with her partner and their pup.

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