Colour: 10 Bright Ways to Make a Rainbow in Your Home
Celebrate colour with these simple ideas for summery style
The most ordinary objects can become a design statement. Have you ever thought of hanging an umbrella from the wall, as in this home? Don’t shy away from wacky choices if you feel they look right – the effect here is warm and welcoming.
Kids’ bedrooms are the ideal place to experiment with rainbow patterns. This fabulous slatted shutter adds jolly colour to a white scheme. Don’t feel you have to choose traditional rainbow shades – colours from one side of the spectrum, such as a range of blues and greens, can look just as striking.
If you’re a cautious decorator, look for temporary updates that can easily be taken down. This sets you free to be more adventurous – you might even find your bold choice becomes a permanent addition to the house. These squares of paper make a tumbling rainbow that energises this home office. Paint your own for custom colour, or cheat with Post-it notes.
Think carefully about where you add your colour. Rainbow-patterned curtains like these are great for giving a room a colourful glow. Make sure you choose a thin material so plenty of light can pass through. If you can’t find a rainbow design, try hanging panels of different-coloured sheers for a similar effect.
Choosing a trio of colourful pendant lights is a great way to inject some colour into your kitchen or dining room. Go for zesty hues like these for a bright, summery look. The effect is continued in the colourful mugs and appliances.
Take the rainbow effect outdoors, too. This geometric, colourful paving is great as a whimsical path up to the door. If this is too bright for your tastes, you could get a more low-key effect with chalky paint on regular paving stones.
Coloured glassware is a quick, cheap and easy way to inject some colour into your home. Arrange yours in front of a window – as in this kitchen – to create a glowing, uplifting display.
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