Hello lovely people, a very happy new year to you! If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that over the holidays Arty Home became First Sense. My plan was to make the change quietly (in case I messed it up) then explain the rebrand, but many of you on Instagram noticed straight away and some of you even spread the word through your stories. You’re an eagled-eyed bunch, aren’t you? 😀 Anyway, the full explanation is in this instagram post if you’re curious. Thank you very much to everyone who has been so generous with lovely comments and messages about the new name. ❤️️
Last year, one of my most read posts was Be Bold With Upholstery, which is great as some of you may have been inspired to leave behind the safe grey/oatmeal/beige sofa choice in favour of something more spectacular. So to start off this new year, I thought I’d write another colourful post, this time looking at how a little bit of unexpected colour can not only make a space more gorgeous, but also more fun, because we love a happy home here at First Sense! And if you are a little colour shy, I hope this post will give you some ideas on how you can add some beautiful colour to your home.
In my first son’s room, I made a feature of the long wardrobe handles by painting them in a bright red which contrasts with everything around it and makes a cheap wardrobe look interesting. Can you imagine this space if I’d used small ubiquitous handles or left the long handles in the brushed chrome finish they came in? Any view with the wardrobe would’ve looked far too plain.
I love the red pocket door of this washroom. That shot of colour really lifts this otherwise neutral space, don’t you think? Image: The Desire Files
If painting a whole door in a bright colour feels too much, how about adding a cheeky pop of colour by painting just the edge of the door like this? I’d love to try something similar in my home, perhaps on the kids’ bedroom doors or the bathroom door. A bit of paint really can change the vibe of a space! Image: Apartment Therapy
Speaking of how a little paint can make a big difference, the pink in the alcoves here looks so pretty, and knocks any sombreness right out of this grey room. Design by Jeffrey Alan Marks, image via House Beautiful
Bold art can do so much for a room! Gerald Laing’s pop art prints really warm up this grey living room. Image: Livingetc
Some may have chosen black chairs for this simply decorated dining space, but doesn’t it look so much more striking with these gorgeous blue chairs? Image: SJB
The turquoise chair and pink lamp bring a big dose of personality to this home office corner. Image: Osborne & Little
For those who love Pantone’s colour of the year, the purple upholstered bench in this bright and airy dining area is fantastic, and the art ties in with it beautifully. If purple is not for you, I can see this idea working for lots of other colours too. Image: Maree Homer
I really love the punch of colour that the ottoman brings to this living room. It’s gorgeous and makes my eyes light up! If you’re keen to add a bold colour to a space but aren’t sure which colour to pick, look for clues in rugs, art or other accessories nearby to help your colour palette feel coherent and not totally random. Image: Ali Budd Interiors
This bedroom is already so gorgeous and so chic, then come these ridiculously pretty pink velvet stools that make me never want to stop looking at this room! Image: Ali Budd Interiors
Adding a contrasting trim to the leading edge of curtains is such a lovely way to add colour and interest to a room. Image: Architectural Digest
Another great lesson in how to pimp plain curtains: the bright pompom tassle trim is easy to sew on, looks gorgeous and livens up this white space. Image: House of Fifty
There are so many other ways to liven up a room with a bit of colour: a bright lampshade, rug, cushions, planters or vases, painted furniture, etc. Would you consider any of these ideas for your home?