10 ways to add colour without painting the walls

If you’re looking to sell your home, styling is an easy way to attract buyers. Barfoot & Thompson share 10 quick and colourful ideas for updating your house


10 ways to add colour without painting the walls

Adding a splash of colour to your home doesn’t have to be a big, expensive exercise and often it’s the littlest touches that go a long way. If you’re looking to sell your home, a neutral palette is an effective way to encourage buyers to imagine themselves in the space, but be careful not to strip too much personality out. The key to effective styling is to layer with temporary touches of colour. Barfoot & Thomson share 10 easy ways to add a shot of colour to your home that doesn’t involve painting.

1. Embrace nature

A vase full of beautiful colourful blooms or a house plant are nice additions to any room and a simple way to introduce colour into your home. Indoor plants in pretty coloured pots are also an easy way to liven up a dull space.

2. Buy creative bedlinen

There are so many bold coloured and pretty patterned bedlinen options on offer. Updating your sheets, duvet covers and scatter cushions is such an easy way to transform bedrooms. Mix and match patterns and colours for impact.



3. Update kitchen accessories

Add a shot of colour to your kitchen with plates, bowls, glasses and utensils in a range of delicious hues. Storage canisters are an on-trend and practical kitchen addition, as is an exposed shelf to display colourful pieces.

4. Introduce colour with cushions

We all know the impact cushions can add, so consider dressing your couch with some colourful throw cushions or new cushion covers. They’ll update the look of your living room in an instant, and also brighten up the entire space.


5. Add colour to the floor

An area rug is a great way to bring a pop of personality into your home. Incorporate a rug with a colourful pattern or detail to add interest underfoot. Not only can a rug bring a room to life, they’re also great for defining different living spaces.

6. Add impact with lighting

Pendant lights or lamps in lovely hues are easy and effective ways to bring colour into a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, office or living space.

7. Choose statement furniture

Add wow factor with a single piece of furniture such as a statement chair or ottoman in a saturated colour or pattern. If you’re feeling brave, brightly coloured dining chairs can look amazing around the table. Coloured bedside tables make for a cheery bedroom update, too.


8. Add colourful art

If you prefer a neutral backdrop, introduce colour in your interior with art. Whether you choose a statement piece or simply a framed print or tea towel, art adds drama and a splash of colour to your walls. Neutral walls are ideal as they allow your art to take centre stage.

9. Buy colour-savvy storage

Colourful baskets are a practical storage option for just about any room in the house. They’re also a fun and easy way to experiment with colour. Use them to store wrapping paper and craft items in the office, toys in kids’ rooms, cleaning products in the laundry, and everyday essentials in the bathroom.

10. Remember the bathroom!

Many bathrooms are devoid of colour and tend to look a bit boring. Brightly coloured towels in fun designs are a fast and cost-effective way to inject personality and style.

For more information about presenting your home for sale head to Barfoot & Thompson.

Words by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photos by: and Emma MacDonald.

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