10 Ways to Add Color to Your Living Room

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Not everyone has the time or money for a full makeover of their living room. But, there are small and creative ways you can use color to freshen up your space so it feels almost like an entire redo. Read on for our 10 favorite ways to breathe new life into a living room purely with the use of color.

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    Paint One Wall

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    Add a punch of color by accenting one wall of your living room with a coat of paint. Look for a niche to add extra color, or choose a larger wall that will get noticed. Pick a bold, contrasting color from a fabric in your living room. Or, go for a subtle accent by painting the wall in the same color family, but a tone darker than the rest of your walls.

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    Toss in a Few Pillows

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    Add bursts of color with strategically placed and well-chosen toss pillows. Choose solids for floral furnishings, patterned pillows for solid pieces, or mix and match patterns for a dazzling array of color. Have fun with experimenting with patterns, and add in a solid to soften the look if you prefer.

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    Bring Mother Nature Indoors

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    Nature has the most glorious colors to add to your living space. Choose greenery that's meant to thrive in indoor low-lighting conditions. But if your thumb isn't the greenest on the block, opt for realistic artificial florals. It's easy to fool the eye with today's lifelike artificial flowers and plants.

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    Light Up a New Lamp

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    A new lamp, revamping a lamp, or just updating a shade adds color and personality into a living room. For noticeable pops of color, add a pair of lamps flanking a piece of art or furniture. Try your hand at designing your own lamp by upcycling items or salvaged pieces into fixtures that will bring a new level of personality into your home.

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    Spread Color Underfoot

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    An area rug softens up a room and makes it cozy. But a bold area rug strategically placed in front of a chair or under a coffee table also adds color and texture to a living room. Try layering an area rug on top of carpeting or simply over hardwood flooring in a contrasting color. If you have a rug that's neutral in color, paint it for a custom striped design.

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    Freshen the Cushions

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    It's easier than you think to reupholster a chair cushion. Even changing out the smallest cushion makes a dramatic difference in your living room. Consider starting with a small side chair that could use an update. Remove the cushion, strip off the old fabric, and reupholster with a colorful textile remnant using a staple gun.

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    Reflect Light and Color

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    Do you have an empty wall in your living room but don't know how to fill it? Try placing a large mirror on that big bare and boring wall. Choose a mirror with an artful frame. If your mirror's frame is too plain, embellish it with cording or braid, paint it a bright color, or if you have a large round shape, customize it into a DIY sunburst design. The mirror will reflect large swaths of color and light from around your living room, and you didn't even have to paint a thing to add more color to the space.

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    Bring in Bold Art

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    One large and colorful piece of art placed in a living room introduces hues and shapes into a large area. Get the same effect with a grouping of framed photos with colorful matting and bright frames. There's no need to buy a new collection of art when there are plenty of hacks to enlarge and refresh your existing artwork.

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  • 09 of 10

    Paint a Bookcase

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    Take a bland bookcase and use paint to make it into a work of art. There are multiple ways to approach painting a bookcase. Paint each shelf a different color, paint the interior and exterior two contrasting colors, or just paint the back interior walls a pretty color to add dimension to the piece and your room. Use books with bright covers and items of decor to add another level of color to your bookcase.

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    Throw on the Color

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    Quilts, throws, and blankets aren't just for bedrooms anymore. A soft handmade quilt or oversized faux fur throw or blanket adds depth, color, and cozy comfort when draped over the back or arm of a neutral sofa or chair in the living room. Choose a standout color for this must-have living room accessory that accents other pieces in the room.