Family Room Colors
If a family room remodel isn’t in your budget, updating the room’s colors can be a cost effective way of bringing new life to the space. The trouble is, WHERE do you start?
Do you run out and purchase new throw pillows hoping that does the trick? While colorful pillows can add a splash of color, they likely won’t make a large enough impact to make a true visual difference in the room.
You could purchase a can of paint knowing that a change of wall color will certainly be impactful. The trouble is, paint comes with it’s own set of headaches. A new wall color necessitates taking all of the adjoining room’s paint colors into consideration which can be a large undertaking.
In order to easily update a family room’s colors you’ll need a “No Fail” plan. Lucky for you, I’m giving away my favorite secrets to help you craft a room to be proud of without the cost and hassel of a remodel.
Your “No Fail” Plan
The plan laid out before you is streamlined, easy to implement, and “fool proof” by design. Because you aren’t changing something as drastic as a paint color, these tips truly are “No Fail” options. My suggestion is to incorporate 3-4 of them and THEN determine if you still need more color. If so, look back at the list and determine which tip will give you the most bang for the buck and add away.
“No Fail” Family Room Colors Tip #1
Tip #1 is to replace any tired table lamp bases and/or lamp shades. This tip fits nearly any budget as you can find beautiful examples at Target, Pottery Barn, or even your local boutique furniture store. Not only is this a cost effective way to update your family room color scheme, it gives you a chance to make a style upgrade as well.
“No Fail” Family Room Colors Tip #2
Tip #2 is to add a colorful area rug to the room. It need not feature every color under the rainbow, but should showcase the dominant color of the room plus 2 to 4 other hues. This multi-colored feature rug gives the homeowner plenty of color direction for the other 6 “No Fail” Family Room Color tips.
“No Fail” Family Room Colors Tip #3
Tip #3 is to style a bookshelf or coffee table with colorful books. You may already have a good number of books with colorful dust jackets but, if not, I have two super easy suggestions for you. Number one, you can create your own (learn how here). This allows you to choose the colors of the jackets personalizing them to your family room. If you aren’t the crafty sort, check out your local Goodwill or shop their online store. Goodwill is an excellent resource for colorful used books that can perk up a worn out family room.
“No Fail” Family Room Colors Tip #4
Tip #4 is to add a piece of colorful furniture, or paint (maybe re-upholster?) something you already have. A colorful piece of furniture is extra special. It begs to be admired and can reignite the sparkle factor of any room. If you plan to paint, don’t use just any semi-gloss or satin paint. Check out this self-leveling formula that provides a tough, yet beautiful, furniture quality finish.
“No Fail” Family Room Colors Tip #5
Tip #5 is to introduce color through window coverings. Be it simple sheers, elegant silk panels, solid color, or beautifully patterned, window coverings can soften a room with long flowing swaths of fabric. If an unencumbered view is desired, consider the tailored look of a timeless roman shade (you can check out some awesome examples here).
“No Fail” Family Room Colors Tip #6
Tip #6 is to add a piece of artwork. There are so many ways to update family room colors, yet artwork will always be one of my favorites. Not only can you select a piece that features accent colors from the room, it also adds an element of uncovering. After all, there aren’t many better ways to uncover a person’s inner psyche than by studying the artwork they choose to live with.
“No Fail” Family Room Colors Tip #7
Tip #7 is to add color and texture through a natural fiber wallpaper. The amount of interest it adds to a room versus straight paint is incomparable. Natural fiber wallpaper (grasscloth, sisal) can be a fairly pricey product so covering a single accent wall could be the perfect application.
Your “No Fail” Project Completion
Once you’ve completed your family room color additions, it’s time to take measure of two final things.
1) Look back over the receipts from the changes you made and admire how much money is left in your check book as the result of NOT remodeling. It’s a pretty great feeling, isn’t it?
2) When dressing with jewelry and accessories, Coco Chanel is credited with saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Treat your family room the same way. Check to ensure there aren’t one too many color additions that throw off the balance of the room. If so, remove it and enjoy your handiwork and updated family room.