When you add color to a room, you personalize it but there are benefits to leaving walls white. White walls make pops of color more noticeable and do give any room a cool, fresh feeling. In some situations, a landlord may not allow the walls to be painted and you can be faced with the challenge of bringing color to the room without painting it. Whatever the case may be–no worries! There are many easy ways to introduce color into a white room that do not involve painting.
Bring On the Sunshine
Natural light warms up any room. Play up the white walls by hanging sheer white curtains in your windows to let in plenty of bright sunshine. Light streaming through the material looks warm and cozy. Create the illusion of sunshine with perky yellow lampshades and yellow valances. Toss yellow pillows on a couch or on your bed for a “sunny” look.
Display Art to Add Color
Sofa paintings or other large pieces of artwork give the eye a colorful focal point. Give each white room a burst of color by hanging a piece of art on a visible wall. For a child’s room, it could be a large, canvas of hand prints and for a kitchen it could be an oversized clock or barn sign.
Warm Up the Bedroom Without Painting
What’s the most important feature in your bedroom? The bed! That’s the perfect vehicle for bringing color to a room with white walls. Choose a bed frame with a warm-looking wood or paint the wood a warm color like dark red, forest green or even rich brown. (Don’t place white dressers against white walls.) Instead, try the shabby-chic painting style for a beach style room or try a solid, bright blue for a snap of color.
Bring Texture into Your White Room-No Painting Required!
White walls can look cold and unwelcoming, especially if the paint has a reflective sheen. Warm up a white room with shag accent rugs and hang curtains made of touchable materials like linen, organza or even velvet. In a bedroom, add a dust ruffle or bed skirt and don’t skimp on the accent blankets.