Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean that the house has to be drab.

If anything, the fact that autumn is here means your home needs to be more colourful. What with the grey, cloudy sky and dark nights, it is easy to let the drabness take over. Of course, adding colour is essential is you want to keep your property upbeat all year round. The question is how does one make a splash from September to July and back again? The answer is by checking out the following tips and tricks.

Here are some great ways to add colour to your home this autumn.

Accessorise Where Possible

When you think of accessories, throw pillows and rugs will be the first things to spring to mind. Sometimes, it is a simple task to add colour to a room with accessories. The living room is a prime example. Other times, it is a lot harder. Still, it isn’t impossible whether you are trying to add colour to a kitchen or a bathroom. The key is to use accessories to your advantage and opt for bright, vivid hues. Do you have a shower curtain? If so, forget a plain black or white option. Instead, go for a shade of pastel pink or blue and match it with a bath mat of the same hue.

Search For Options

It is not easy to come up with ideas off the top of your head. The good news is you don’t have to with a contemporary kitchen design gallery, or a gallery for any room. Lots of manufacturers and suppliers have ideas on their website that you can copy for turn into your own. All you have to do is pick the ones with the most colours and which stand out from the crowd. Another option is Pinterest. Regular people like you and I use this platform to share their ideas. One quick browse of the site and you’ll find everything you need to upgrade every room in the house.

Keep It Simple

Homeowners tend to go from zero to sixty in less than three seconds. Remember that you are not a Porsche 911 and this is a marathon, not a sprint. Trying to add colour throughout the house in a short space of time will only look gaudy. The last thing you want people is to think is, “Gosh, this place is tacky” when they walk through the door. With that in mind, try and stick to the basics for now. Use Lifehacker’s guide to colours to avoid making common faux pas, and don’t go too vivid. Once you have the hang of it, then you can start complicating the issue!

Last but not least, don’t forget about paint and artwork. Although they are clichéd, both can make a room pop with colour. After all, they are shiny and glossy and act as a focal point. For something different, consider replacing the art and repainting every couple of months. Then, the house won’t get boring or seem old and tired.

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This is a contributed article written for WhimMagazine.com

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