How to add colour to your life

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I adore colour!  In fact, I firmly believe that colour makes me happy.  I’m sharing some ways I add colour to my life – maybe you can too.

How to add colour | garden

My garden’s boring brown brushwood fences (or dead twigs, as I refer to them) made me very unhappy when we first moved into our house.  Now, that one side is covered with Chinese star jasmine, the middle with hanging plants and ginormous palms, and the other side with an ecclectic colourful wall garden, I’m considerably happier!

Click to read more about my quirky courtyard garden.

Kimba Likes Colour // how to add colour to your lifeHow to add colour | style and beauty

The very simple way I add colour to my life is by (nearly always) choosing colour!

I choose coloured and patterned swimmers over the usual black.  Like the coral pink Noa Noa tankini I wore to Balmoral Beach recently.

My every day watch wardrobe contains navy and bright yellow Mimco Timepeaces.

I almost never purchase black bags nor black shoes.  They have to be super duper special for me to add to my collection.

I hardly ever wear a nude nail – if I find the time to do my nails, I like to see a shiny colour to reflect all that effort!

A colour pop lip is a great way to add colour to your daily life – and is an instant prettifier!

My decision to switch to life as a redhead to celebrate my Big Four Oh My Gods has been one of my best beauty decisions ever.  It has enhanced my green eyes, and my pale skin appears more natural.  I adore rich warm brunette hair.  Unfortunately, I had boring mouse brown.

My keyring has a neon orange Sass & Bide leather tassel.  I almost NEVER lose my keys any more!

How to add colour | home

Even my pegs are coloured.  I freely admit my foible that I cannot hang out an item that doesn’t have matching pegs.  Yes, I’m weird but I’m cool with that.

We have a fuchsia pink feature wall in our living room – the Welshman chose it, bless him.  Our floor lamp is also fuchsia pink with a bamboo pattern – it makes me very happy indeed.

Just about everyone raves about white hotel sheets – how glamorous and luxurious they are.  I find them so dull!  The Welshman has to sleep on fuchsia sheets, latte sheets and navy pinstriped sheets.  Don’t get him started on the colourful pillows, cushions and throws I carefully layer on our bed!

My bright red occasional chair makes me happy all the time.  My lounge room curtains are neutral tones – with polka dots.

Our napery is a mixture of colourful and neutral for mix and match styling.  The Welshman loves plain white china, so we rock a classic white dinner service.  I’m sneaking in some colour with my collection of Denby, vintage English bone china mismatched pieces, vintage bone handled cutlery, and thrifted beer glasses.

By thinking outside the box, I added lots of colour to our walls.  Best of all, I can change them for next to nix if I get bored.  I found a fab rainbow zebra print for $20 at Hot Dollar for the casual living room.  The Welshman gave me a gorgeous Supertrooper linen tea towel with a Sydney print.  We framed it.  Far too pretty to dry dishes.

I adore cushions.  Never knowingly undercushion as the fab Faux Fuchsia says.  I have luxe Liberty cushions, quirky arty cushions, vintage embroidered cushions, lush velvet cushions and lots of cheap and cheerful cushions from chainstores.  Kmart consistently stock fabulous $10 cushions.  At that price, you can change them regularly and create a whole new colourful look!

Kimba Likes Colour // how to add colour to your life

How to add colour to your life | the Cliff notes

  • choose a colour instead of black – shoes, bag, umbrella, swimmers …
  • wear colour – team with black or neutral to stay in your comfort zone
  • add a pop of colour to your beauty – a lacquered nail or bright lip
  • try a bright hair colour – hair chalk is a fun way to change up your look with colours
  • mix and match accessories – buy placemats and napkins in two different colours for a coordinated (or clashing!) dinner table
  • brighten up your bed linen – try a patterned or coloured sheet set next time.  Same for curtains!
  • vintage tea party – collect mismatched china bits and pieces to create your very own vintage tea party collection.  Fetes, markets and opshops are the best hunting grounds.
  • quirky artwork – think outside the box.  Frame greeting cards for a wall gallery.  Frame an artistic screen printed tea towel. Check out opshops for vintage treasures.
  • cushions and throws – don’t recover or buy new sofas.  Layer throws and cushions to create a whole new colourful look.

How to add colour to your life

Do you love colour?

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  • […] aka Kimba Likes put it…“I firmly believe that colour makes me happy”. Her post How To Add Colour To Your Life is permanently bookmarked and if I’m ever feeling dull or flat it’s my go to. Another […]ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 11 February 2015 - 2.56 pm

    love your tips Kimba I love colour!ReplyCancel

  • I Give You The Verbs - 11 February 2015 - 10.05 am

    Yep, colour for the win! I have loads of colour in my home, cushions in lots of patterns and hues, a lovely green sofa, colourful bed linen, colourful plates and coffee cups… I have loads of colour in my wardrobe too. I’m creating even more colour with diving into watercolours lately – nice and bold thank you – and it all works well with some fab black and white photography I have around the place.ReplyCancel

  • Em - 11 February 2015 - 1.23 am

    Colour is my world!!!! If I do wear black or white I always have some kind of pop – usually a bright lip or a statement piece of jewellery. Our room is pretty much black and white furniture and beadspread, but my bed side table is crammed with coloured vases, candles and books. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mel - 10 February 2015 - 11.39 am

    I love colour too. I became a red head late last year after being so bored with my mousey blonde hair. It was the best decision! My hair is a statement on it’s own Colour adds fun and smiles to a day. Love your blog and Instagram. You ooze colour and fun. Thank you for brightening even dreary days 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 10 February 2015 - 9.32 pm

      Oh thank you so much, Mel! Redheads FTW!ReplyCancel

  • Aleney - 10 February 2015 - 7.21 am

    I love colour so much and surround myself with it in the home but find it really hard to wear. Except on my shiny red head. Will take note and start getting a little braver with my sartorial choices (she writes as she pulls on yet another black t-shirt). 😉 xReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 10 February 2015 - 9.33 pm

      Start with grey and navy mixed in with your black. I’ll get you in bright colours and print clash one day! xReplyCancel

  • Sonia Bavistock - 10 February 2015 - 2.42 am

    I love colour too! I always seem to add a pop of colour to my outfit – be it a skirt, shoes, necklace or lippie. I’m also kind of glad we have a modern extension on the back of our gorgeous old home. Don’t get me wrong – I love that the original part of the house is luxe and neutral… but I also adore the fact I can jazz up the back part with plenty of pops of colour! It just makes me smile (much like you). xReplyCancel

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