Bringing colour into your home

As you may have noticed, I am quite keen on white. My whole flat is painted in Dulux Brilliant White and I love it that way; it’s the perfect colour to bounce the light around the flat and it feels fresh, contemporary and complements everything and anything.  Honestly, I’ve always been a bit too scared to add colour to the walls as there are no features, cracks or rough plaster to absorb the colour because it is a newly built flat so I worry it will look too stark. I know that as soon as I own a period property I will definitely use more colour; I already know exactly which ones I will use!

However, I often get a craving to experiment with colour and I have realised that a really good way to bring it into my home, whilst maintaining a white canvas, is to paint pieces of furniture. This is also an ideal way for renters to add colour to their home if their landlords won’t allow them to paint their walls.

Now, there was a time when the craze to paint every single piece of furniture that came through the door was strong: chairs, tables, bedside tables or sideboards. Personally, I think too many painted pieces of furniture can be a bit of overkill. Instead, I really love the idea of picking one main piece of furniture per room and painting it a colour of your choice. This can add the burst of colour you can lack in a white room and if you ever get bored it is so easy to change.

Here are some fabulous examples of using a painted piece of furniture to bring colour into a home…

Image via: BoligLiv

Image via: Yvestown

Image via: Decor8

You can choose a bold, bright colour for a large piece of furniture that really draws attention like the turquoise, pink and yellow cupboards above. Alternatively, you can choose something more subtle and subdued like the pale pink cupboard below or use glances of colour with pastel coloured dining chairs.

Image via: Yvestown

My home office is completely white: walls, floor, desk, sideboard, drawers and chair. I have decided to take my own advice and inject a bit of colour by painting a set of drawers using the Dulux Visualizer App – it’s free and you can download it on iTunes or Google Play. I will be back tomorrow to show you the results!

Katy x



  1. Claire
    8th October 2015 / 10:50 am

    Gosh – wonderful idea to give an old, perhaps uninterestng, piece of furniture a new and exciting lease of life.
    I think it will lift my spirits too. Off to the colour charts to experiment!
    Good post!

  2. 14th October 2015 / 9:25 am

    I’m a big fan of painted furniture. I have so many pieces that I’ve bought with the intention of painting them, but then too often I forget all about it. We picked up some cute little side tables in France last week, and I’m determined that they will get painted by the end of October…

  3. 26th November 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I love this Katy! I’ve pinned it on my budget ideas for renters pinterest board. Such a great alternative to painting walls if landlords are fussy!

    Fi x

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