Look­ing to brighten up your sur­rounds with­out the per­ma­nence of paint? Con­sider these sim­ple (and easy to take back!) so­lu­tions

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If you’re un­able to make per­ma­nent changes, add colour to any space with these easy ideas

Line the in­sides of book­shelves

or cab­i­nets with coloured con­tact or wall­pa­per. This is par­tic­u­larly handy if you’re rent­ing, or if you just re­ally like neu­tral walls. It adds in­stant im­pact with very lit­tle fuss, and looks amaz­ing teamed with ac­ces­sories in min­i­mal­ist tones.

Treat your­self to a bunch of flow­ers.

You can change them as of­ten as the in­cli­na­tion strikes and they come with nu­mer­ous mood­boost­ing ben­e­fits. Choose sea­sonal va­ri­eties to get more bang for your buck and use green­ery from the gar­den to bulk out your ar­range­ments.

Lay a brightly coloured rug on the floor.

Keep your fur­ni­ture pieces neu­tral so they’re not com­pet­ing for at­ten­tion (also a good move if you de­cide to re­place your rug down the track), and pull out one or two colours in the rug for your dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents – think a bright light fit­ting, a match­ing throw or colour­ful frames.

Buy all of the cush­ions!

Se­ri­ously, this is one of the cheap­est and sim­plest ways to brighten up a room, and they’re com­fort­able too. And if you hap­pen to spill cof­fee on one, or just see one that you like bet­ter, it’s easy enough to buy new cov­ers to slip over the ex­ist­ing inserts.

Hang some colour­ful cur­tains.

These style sta­ples can re­ally el­e­vate a room, so long as they’re not clash­ing or com­pet­ing with other items. In the bath­room, a vi­brant shower cur­tain will pop against an oth­er­wise stark land­scape.

Put up eye-catch­ing artworks.

Whether you like multi-coloured ab­stracts or some­thing in more muted tones, art adds an­other layer of tex­ture and di­men­sion to a room, while pro­vid­ing an in­sight into your per­son­al­ity and style.

In­vest in colour­ful small ap­pli­ances

for your kitchen bench­top. Think ket­tles, toast­ers and stand mix­ers in all man­ner of shades.

Luxe touch Emer­ald vel­vet cush­ion, $69.95, Milk & Sugar.

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