Has this ever happened to you? You spend weeks scouting your local Home Depot’s and Lowe’s stores, collect samples of the perfect shade of paint, debate, go back and forth until you’ve found perfection. Then, you go ahead and you buy 5 gallons of paint from a fancy brand to repaint your entire 2 story hallway, and then… and then, you hate the color. Ah, color and the commitment that comes with it! Sounds familiar?
Today, I wanted to share clever and unexpected ways to add pops of color in your interior, without too much commitment. You like pink, he likes blue. You are renting and don’t want to spend your money and time on painting all 4 walls of your bedrooms. Do not despair, fellow DIY’ers, here are 5 clever ways to add color for the commitment-phobic.
The most obvious way to add color is to paint one wall in your room, as opposed to the entire room. Choose an accent wall and go bold. In my hallway for example, I wanted some pink positivity, but I didn’t want to feel like I was living at the Ice Cream Museum either. I painted the length of one wall pink, and left the rest white. When/ if I want to update my entryway, I am just a couple of coats away from my next color crush.
Similarly, Claire chose to highlight the chimney wall in her living room with some plaster paint in a gorgeous fig hue.
Another clever way to add color without over-committing is to use it as a peek-a-boo color inside your built-in elements. It will add just the right amount of color pop to your room. In her family home in Lille, Claire for example chose an avocado green shade to complement her wooden built-in bookcases, while Vanessa added a splash of canary yellow in her ethnic-chic living room in Saint Remy de Provence.
Painted feet/ Dipped furniture
Scout your next local flea market like a vulture and use masking tape and your favorite paint color to update your treasure (position masking tape to get a straight line at 2/3 of the length of the chair foot, then paint the bottom part of the chair foot to look like it was dipped in paint), like Adeline did in her son Melville’s room.
In her kitchen near Bordeaux, Karine used the inside part of her cupboard doors to add a splash of summer blues, by creating a moodboard made of magazines. It’s kinda like an analog Pinterest wall, and I love this super simple idea. It’s clever, and very cost friendly! Extra bonus, when Karine’s cupboard doors are closed, it’s back to white to match the white walls! How is that for a non-committal relationship with color?
Grab a couple of decor or lifestyle magazines at your next grocery trip and get creative!
Matching door frames
Another stylish and creative way to add color is by painting the doors and the door frames instead of the walls, like Loanah and Romain did in their entryway in Angoulème.
Are you adventurous when it comes to committing to color, or would any of these ideas work for you? Happy color update! Xo, Si-
Photography Siham Mazouz for French By Design and How the French Live ©