Thursday, January 28, 2016

9 ways to add a shot of Rose Quartz & Serenity for le$$

You don’t have to redecorate or spend a bundle to add a little Rose Quartz and Serenity to your boho home. These decorating ideas are easy on the wallet and easier still to implement. And if you're ready for something new later in the year, they'll be easy to switch out for the 2017 color of the year when it's announced.


1. Pull the rug out from under your room


Via Blomma

And find a new area rug that includes the colors of the year as well as the colors of items you can’t afford (or don’t want) to change. For instance, this rug is largely pink, but it has just enough coral to make it work with the sofa pictured. So everything old looks new again when set against a different mix.


Rug Store

This rug has pretty much every color EXCEPT the navy blue of the sofa but still works in the room. I heard a decorator say that whenever his focus is one particular hue, he makes sure he also includes elements in the room that are lighter and darker versions of it. So the Serenity in this rug works with the darker blue sofa because they're in the same color family.


2. Toss around some pillows 



The simple addition of pink pillows and a dusty blue throw bring a whole new sensibility to this space. 



A brown sofa can take on most any accent color, including pink and blue, as seen here.


3. Smarten up your art 


Via Dappar

Who would’ve thought to mix pink with peachy orange walls? And yet it works, thanks to the pink in the largest painting and supporting accessories (pillows, throw, cute little pink table).


4. A tisket, a tasket, don’t forget the basket


Via Cactus and Kudzu

Colorful baskets are a great way to bring pops of brightness into your home and add texture. They work hung on the wall as well as stacked on an ottoman, a table, or the floor.


5. Cuddle up a little closer


Cinematic Homes

This throw is a bold move away from the matchy-matched look I often fall back on because I'm afraid to take a risk. Nothing else in this room (that we can see anyway) is the same shade of pink as this throw, but it looks great anyway. Its pattern makes it the focal point, and everything else in different colors reinforces its starring role. See more photos of this home on Apartment Therapy.


Via Domaine Home

Given the artwork and the liberal use of black, this room could take on a variety of different looks simply by changing out the bedding. I wonder what it looked like BEFORE the homeowner decided to feature Rose Quartz and Serenity in these gorgeous blankets?


6. Paint yourself out of a blah corner


Coco Carpets

Start small with paint and work up your courage. Try a little bit of pink or blue, for instance, on a door. Keep chanting, "Paint is the budget-conscious redecorator’s friend." Results like this will convince you in no time.


Via House Picture Gallery

If you’re not ready to commit to all pink and/or blue when you paint the insides of a shelf unit, make each shelf a different color and include pink and blue in the mix. It’s a cheery look, and it gives you lots of options for accessorizing.


Ida Magntorn/Elle Decoration Sweden

Accent walls are great, too, and help you get used to using more color. Paint is one place to take color risks and go beyond what you’ve tried before. You can always change it if you don’t like it, and why live the rest of your life wondering if it would have been truly astonishing? Few things are as rewarding—or as forgiving—as paint. See more ideas for pink-painted living rooms on Apartment Therapy.


7. You deserve flowers 


Via Cuded Design & Inspiration

Blue-and-white chinoiserie, as in this fish bowl repurposed as a vase, is timeless, whether it’s on its own or filled with branches of pale-pink plum blossoms. No one can argue that it makes this largely neutral room sing.


One Kings Lane

Even a simple bouquet of pink peonies in a glass jar will become the focal point, no matter where they're placed. And flowers, because they’re from nature, behave as a neutral no matter their color or the colors that surround them. To me, their effect is to heighten all the senses and make everything in a room crisper and more penetrating.

See more photos of this home owned by blogger Lizzie Garrett Mettler on One Kings Lane. And don’t forget to check out her blog, The Reed.


8. Set a killer table


Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Who doesn’t look for an excuse to add to their collection of colorful plates and glassware? And if all you have is plain white china and clear glasses, just think of the fun you can have with colorful chargers, napkins, placemats, runners and tablecloths--pink and blue this year, and next year, who knows? See more photos of this baby shower tablescape at Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Blog.


9. Use it all!


Via Nicety Live Journal

If you play your cards right, you can design a mix of colors that you can either change out with shifting trends or simply to incorporate your latest find. See more photos of this home designed by Jenny Foley at Nicety Live Journal.


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