So, if you’re ever read any of my posts, you’ll notice that I love color. Let me try that again…..I actually NEED color. I have tried to mimic the adorable black and white “farmhouse look”, and have attempted to live with the sophisticated “neutrals” look – but I just can’t do it!! Color does personally affect my mood, and changes the way I feel – every. single. day!! If you are one of those same kind of people, or just really want to try “color” out, then keep reading! 10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry (Foyer).
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10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY
Here is the list of 10 items that I recommend for adding some color to your entryway this year. Don’t be afraid – lol!! Try out a couple of items first, and see how adding color makes you feel. You can always add more if want to go bold, or you can use lighter colors if you want a softer look. Just remember, it’s your home so have some fun with it!
- Throw Pillows
- Throw Blankets
- Console Tables
- Wall Decor
- Lamps/Lamp Shades
- Decor Accessories/Accents
10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY
#1 – THROW PILLOWS
Adding throw pillows is the easiest way to incorporate color into your entry. Toss the pillows onto a bench, tuck them in a basket, display them under a console table, or even use them as a welcome message. Stick with 2 to 3 colors for a clean look, or use an assortment of colors (with same depth) for a boho look.
#2 – THROW BLANKETS
Using throw blankets is another easy way to add a splash of color to your foyer. Drape them onto an entry bench, tuck them into a basket under a console, or display them on a farmhouse ladder. Throw blankets are easy to change out from season to season, are budget-friendly, and add a little “warmth” (texture) to your vignette.
The last picture (below) is from our living room. To see more of that post click Opening Up Kitchen Walls to Living Room.
Click her for: Yellow Stripe Throw Blanket.
#3 – BENCHES
Use an upholstered bench or painted wooden bench to add color to your entryway. Who doesn’t love a cute bench these days – right? They are basically now a staple in home decorating because of their versatility and functionality.
Add toss pillows or throw blankets (like already mentioned), put baskets underneath it for storage, or buy a storage bench – that has hidden storage built-in. I’m showing 4 ways to use the entry bench – layering on the color one step at a time.
#4 – CONSOLE TABLES
Paint an existing console table ( my tutorial click here ) a neutral shade to blend with other hues in the same color scheme, or go bold if you want the entry table to be a feature piece. I painted my entry table a deep smoky blue color with gray undertones to keep it more neutral, and to add depth/dimension to my color palette. This helps me to decorate with a monochromatic blue color scheme, while using yellow as my accent color.
***TIP*** Use a white or black console table as “your color” in the entry as well. These 2 colors will also help with adding contrast to other colors (even though they read as neutrals).
#5 – FLOWERS/WREATHS
I absolutely LOVE flowers, especially at spring and summer time!! So, I tend to go a LITTLE overboard – lol!! I know in the past the big thing was to go with “fresh flowers”- but they tend to get expensive- quickly. Silk flowers have come a long way in the last 5 years or so. It’s very difficult now to tell the difference between fresh and artificial flowers.
Add large or long stems for big impact, and use smaller blooms or bushels for soft accents. Put flowers in vases, hang them in mason jars on the wall, or use wreaths. You can also tuck them in baskets or let the petals casually fall on a tray…..let your creativity go wild. If it makes you happy – then it’s ok!!
#6 – BASKETS
Adding baskets is a great way to incorporate color, pattern, texture and function!! Win- win!! Use neutral shades to ground your color palette, or punch up your color a notch by using colored baskets.
***TIP*** Even a straw-colored “neutral” basket actually reads like a color. It will pick up tans, yellows, wheat-color, or even gold tones. And the farmhouse baskets….they have gray undertones. So they can read as blues, grays, charcoal, or greige.
***TIP*** If you have some older baskets at home that you no longer care for, or they have gotten a little worn out – paint them!! I painted the basket under the blue console table (below) white to hide some of the areas that had faded.
#7 – WALL DECOR
Use wall art to add pops of color to your entry, and to add interest. It’s kind of like the chicken before the egg thing – do you pick your wall decor first, and then find coordinating accents colors. Or do you find your accent colors first, and then hope to find similar colors in your art piece.
Normally, you would pick your artwork first, and then pull colors out of the piece to work with. But if you like to use two main colors (like blue and white) with one accent pop of color (yellow), then you can find artwork in either of these colors.
***TIP*** Use a mirror to showcase something on the opposite wall, as your accent color (see 3rd picture below). The bottom black mirror is at a perfect angle to see my throw pillows on our bench.
The last picture is from our master bedroom. Click Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see that post.
#8 – LAMPS/LAMP SHADES
I know that lamps and lamp shades are not the first items that come to mind when thinking of adding color to your entry vignette. But they are one of the easiest ways to add contrast to an existing color palette, or to actually add the “pop” of color to a more neutral color palette.
I personally have a love affair with lamps, so I do go a little cra-zee with them. I don’t really follow any rules (or trends) too much with lamps/ shades either. If I like it – I use it 🙂 My favorite lamp bases tend to have antique shapes, and my lamp shades tend to be bold. Just gotta roll with who you are, and use things that make you smile!!
# 9 – RUGS
Adding rugs (with color) is definitely one of my absolute favorite ways to add personality to an entryway. Rugs actually set the tone of your home, and give your guests an idea of how your home life runs. Are you more formal, casual, or playful?
I tend to choose rugs that are a color + white: 1) blue and white, 2) gray and white, 3) seafoam and white are some of mine. This style of colorful rug choice, helps me to “pop” other accent colors out without too much effort.
This style also allows me to play with the accent hues: 1) bright yellow vs. mustard yellow, 2) dark teal blue vs. sea glass blue, 3) deep coral pink vs. rose pink.
#10 – DECOR ACCESSORIES/ACCENTS
Using decorative accents is of course the most obvious way to add color to your entry. You can try colorful vases, books, trays, candles/candle sticks, fill lanterns with colorful items, picture frames, or your favorite accessories (like my pineapple – lol)!! And yes, I know that it is white – but it “pops” off my blue console table…..so it reads as a color.
***TIP*** Try to use home decor accents that are in one or 2 colors only . This helps create a more unified or cohesive”look,” and keeps your console table from looking busy.
***TIP*** Don’t forget to incorporate items that represent you and your family. Remember that your home tells YOUR story, shares YOUR memories, welcomes YOUR guests. 🙂
The last picture is from another post. Click Fall To Christmas Decorating: 3 Easy Tips to read more.
Hope you found some new inspiration, and will try out a couple of the ways to add some color to your home. If you had to pick a favorite from the list, which one would it be? Here are mine: Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket
Shoot me some pictures of your new colorful entry – I’d love to see how it turns out!
Happy Spring and Summer Everyone!!
Love & Colorful Hugs 🙂