Liven up your home with color

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The sum­mer months are all about color. From flow­ers in bloom to vi­brant beach tow­els and col­or­ful dresses, sum­mer brings with it a mul­ti­tude of hues.

If you feel that your home is in need of an up­date, adding a lit­tle pop of color can help. Start by think­ing about the col­ors you want to add, where color can make the most im­pact and just how much you need to give your home a fresh look.

Here are a few tips to get you started on your ad­ven­ture in color:

Ex­plore Color

Be­gin by vis­it­ing your fa­vorite cloth­ing bou­tique, stop­ping into a paint store or flip­ping through home de­sign mag­a­zines for in­spi­ra­tion. Choose the looks you are most drawn to or the col­ors that evoke a feel­ing of hap­pi­ness or calm­ness. Th­ese col­ors re­flect your per­sonal style and will make you feel most com­fort­able in your home.

Start Small

Af­ter pick­ing a color palette, don’t go out and paint your whole house with it, start small. Just chang­ing your ac­cent pil­lows, throws, lamp­shades or ac­ces­sories can make a big im­pact when you are in­tro­duc­ing a new color. Re­mem­ber t o make s ure t he c o l o r fl ows well through­out the en­tire space, es­pe­cially if your home has an open floor plan with rooms eas­ily vis­i­ble from one to an­other.

Ac­cent with Art­work

An­other easy way to bring color to your home is by up­dat­ing art­work and wall decor. Sim­ply mov­ing art­work from one room to an­other can give your home a re­freshed look. Adding some newly pur­chased pieces can also breathe new life into your home!

Be Brave

If you’re ready to go all out with color, it’s fine to make a dra­matic change. The kitchen is a great place to go big with color and it’s usu­ally the gath­er­ing place in the home. To bring bold color in the kitchen, and to set the tone for your en­tire home, up­date your cab­i­netry.

“Col­or­ful cab­i­netry can be a big com­mit­ment, but it also can set your kitchen apart in a sea of de­sign same­ness,” said Sarah Reep, di­rec­tor of de­signer re­la­tions and ed­u­ca­tion at Kraft­Maid Cab­i­netry.

In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional wood-toned cab­i­netry styles, there is also a grow­ing se­lec­tion of on-trend paint and stain col­ors such as the new Peb­ble Grey paint from Kraft­Maid Cab­i­netry. Take it a step fur­ther by choos­ing glass doors and us­ing a con­trast­ing color on the in­side like a sunny, warm yel­low or bold teal green for the in­te­rior back panel. Cab­i­netry col­ors can add whimsy and per­son­al­ity to any kitchen.

It can feel as though your home has been com­pletely made over by adding just a few thoughtful touches with a few hints of color.

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Choose the looks you are most drawn to or the col­ors that evoke a feel­ing of hap­pi­ness or calm­ness.

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