How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color
Every time I refresh or redecorate someone’s home it reminds me just how important it is to enjoy the place you call home. Our homes are often reflections of what we like, what makes us feel comfortable and relaxed, and it’s a place that tells our story. Furniture, decor, art, and everything in between can be connected to a memory or feeling. I love it when clients have keepsakes that they want to stay integrated with new decor, or when they have an older piece of furniture maybe even passed down through generations, or when they just love a piece so much, they don’t care if it works or not because they like it. I recently completed a home refresh and I love how it turned out. I’m so excited to share with you how to refresh your entire home using color.
My client had spent a lot of time updating the furniture throughout the home and really just wanted some refreshed decor to reflect her style and preferences now. The home is very beautiful, so it didn’t take much to pull things together. I mainly used color to help the rooms flow and feel complete. There was a piece of artwork that I used as my guide to coordinate colors through the home. It’s not about matching colors or pieces but coordinating everything so that the home feels natural and lived in and with your preferred style. The new decor pieces also brought in texture, style, and a specific feel. I usually like to use a lot of neutral decor pieces so that the client can easily change out colorful statement decor when their style or color scheme changes, but it’s equally important to use colorful accessories to create the look and feel you want conveyed in your home.
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Entryway
I’m going to share some before and after photos of this home and share some of my ideas and how each space came together. My time consulting with a client is so important to find out what style, feeling, colors, and changes they prefer. I was able to note the sentimental decor that would stay on display and get a feel for how each space is used. Knowing a little bit about the client and how they use the rooms or want to use the rooms helps me to select decor that will help achieve their goals. First up is the entryway. My client already had a beautiful modern rustic table and mirror, and she just wanted a lamp and rug to help the space feel complete. I love it when the tone of an entryway conveys what the rest of the home is going to feel like. This entryway is uncluttered, inviting, has a bit of nature, some texture, and isn’t fussy at all.
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Drop Zone
After walking through the entryway, there’s a short hallway that leads you towards the kitchen and living room spaces. This hallway also serves as a drop zone. There was a modern coat rack and a stylish upholstered bench. This drop zone also needed to be without clutter and fuss, but a comfortable place to unload stuff, sit down for a second to put on or take off shoes. I simply moved a piece of wall art from her home above the bench and called it good. I love it when things are pretty, but function should come first so that everyone can enjoy the beauty.
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Living Room
The living room felt like the heart of this home. Don’t get me wrong, the large, beautiful kitchen with a cool passthrough could also be the heart, I don’t know, I don’t live there~ But the living room felt like the heart and the space I’d be drawn to. My client already had the furnishing set up to function just right and I didn’t have any suggestions for a layout change anyway. It flowed well and was situated just right. The green accent chair, side table with lamp, and artwork was definitely a focal point for this space. The artwork lead many of the color decisions for the rest of the home. The neutral sofa and recliner also allowed me to easily add color with an area rug and throw pillows. My client requested comfy throw pillows because they’ll actually be used. Function first! An ottoman was an important addition to the entire space. My client wanted people to be able to kick their feet up, but it also gives people a place to set drinks and snacks. Visually it groups all three seating areas. I selected leather because its organic, tough, neutral, and it adds to the inviting feel the client was after. The other little details were either taken from other spaces in the home or brought in to help pull the overall style together.
This corner is also in the living room, and I love floating shelves. Styling shelves is so much fun and I could restyle them every week! The three floating shelves were a blank canvas and provided so much interest and character to the entire room. The photos don’t show how they help add design, texture, and color to the entire living room. It’s a great corner. I added a small black modern campaign desk to ground the shelves and add function to the corner. My client will be adding a small table lamp to the desk as well making it a great place for homework, note writing, artwork, etc.
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Dining Room
Next up is the formal dining room, which doesn’t feel formal now at all. My client wanted the space to feel inviting, comfortable, and casual. I love it when a space that’s typically known for formal use gets a new function. Just changing the direction of the area rug and table created an invitation into the space and removing formal artwork and a lovely floral arrangement helped to add a more casual vibe to the space as well. A modern mirror replaced the pretty gold arched mirror, and tasseled throw pillows were added to the vintage chairs in each corner. I love how the vintage chairs add a cozy feeling and character to a mostly modern space, and the green fabric connects with the green living room accent chair. Connecting color should be subtle if you can manage it, and it makes spaces feel familiar and helps the rooms to flow, plus it adds intention to overall design which usually feels pretty calming. Lastly, a fiddle leaf tree was added to the corner of the space. The tree can be seen from the living room and adding nature to any space really helps to add comfort to a space. I used a lot of plants throughout this home refresh. If you’re unsure about decorating with plants, check out my post, 10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants.
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Kitchen Nook
From the dining room, you can walk through the kitchen and then into the connected kitchen nook. The beautiful round table is a perfect fit, the modern glass and metal console grounds the decorative shelves perfectly. This space was the most fun to change out the color scheme and help this nook flow with the rest of the home. I removed the tapestry and replaced it with this amazing wood art wall hanging. This piece came from a different part of the home, and it just fits so well in this space. The wood is warm, adds texture, has a modern boho vibe, and it’s really a piece of art. I love how it works with the glass and metal console too – so many coordinating textures with a cozy modern vibe. I used my client’s neutral dishes and some other decor to style this space, and brought in some plants, some color, and baskets for function and style. I love tables without tablecloths, but this cloth had beautiful color and is fun for the approaching fall season.
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color
I hope you were able to see how coordinating color in each space, even if it was neutral, helped to provide a feeling and style to flow through the entire home. I have several favorite parts of this home’s refreshed look, but I have to comment on the rugs for just a moment. Never underestimate the power of an area rug. The living room rug coordinated so well with the new washable rug in the entryway, but the color and pattern coordination are subtle and don’t match which makes it even better. The other three area rugs in the home are quite neutral and the bits of color in them compliment the rust color found in other spaces of the home – making it unnecessary to update them. Another way to use color to refresh a home is to remove it. My client wanted a simply stated look with a few points of focus, a cozy and inviting feeling, pops of color, and overall, a place where guests feel welcome and at home. Sometimes removing extra colors can help add calmness and fussiness. In each space it’s very obvious where the focal points are, and the decor isn’t overdone or stark either. Using different textures, coordinated colors, and having plants added the style and feeling my client was after.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these before and after photos for inspiration and ideas. There’s something special about a home that functions well and feels beautiful. Thanks so much for checking out this post. Be sure to subscribe to my blog for just an email a week about DIY projects and decorating inspiration. You will also receive my free eBook on how to style shelves with an easy-to-follow recipe. For instance, the floating shelves in my clients living room used a 2, 3, 2 pattern. Download your copy today to see what I’m talking about~