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.
How 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!
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.
Do you love colour?