9 Unexpected Ways to Add Color to Your Home

Not a big fan of the predictably overdone “pop” of color? You know the one: the accent wall, the dramatic stripe, the contrasting throw pillows or accessories. You don’t want to be cliche, but you also don’t want your house to be bland (or that crazy too-colorful home). Or perhaps you’re a little bit afraid of color. It’s time to add color to your home – in a new, unexpected place.

These pops of color are anything but overdone. They’re just right – not too colorful, but not too typical either. If you’re ready to livenĀ up your neutral home – even if your “color” is black or gray – try one or more of these innovative ways to add some zing.

Interior door

Sure, everyone’s painting their front door, but what about interior doors? Painting a pocket door is especially fun, as it’s hidden when the door is not in use but instantly perks up a room when the door is exposed. You don’t have to paint the whole door – try painting just the edge for a sneaky peek of color.

Via 11MagnoliaLane.com
Bedroom by Right Meets Left Design LLC
Door and window frames
Subtler than the full-on painted door, a painted door or window frame adds a just-enough bit of color and definition to a blah room.
Hallway by In Situ Architecture
Patio by Diamond Homes, Inc.
Exterior by Cushman Design Group
Family Room by Fox Force Five Construction
Closet interiors
Peekaboo! When you open the closet – or cabinet, or drawer – that color is there to greet you.
Nursery by HowJoyful Design Studio
Bedroom/Office by iheartorganizing
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The fifth wall

A painted ceiling – or floor, for that matter – adds new dimension and excitement to a plain room.

Bathroom by Michael Knowles, Architect
Sunroom by Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.
Kids’ Room by ZeroEnergy Design
Nooks and niches
Use those built-in color opportunitiesĀ to brighten up your home.
Dining Room by Michele Plachter Design
Staircase by Louie Leu Architect, Inc.
Kitchen by Susan Lachance Interior Design
Family Room by Lucy Interior Design
Window treatments
Colorful drapes and curtains? Typical. Blinds and shades? Not so much.
Plantation Shutters by All Shutters and Blinds (Adelaide)
Bedroom by Hillarys
Photo by Kadir Asnaz Photography
Stair risers
Go beyond two-tone stairs and risers; unleash your truly colorful spirit on those steps.
Photo by Margot Hartford Photography
Staircase by Glenn Layton Homes
Staircase by JWT Associates
The sink
Who says sinks should be white? Not us! Splash on the color in the kitchen or bathroom with a bold sink.
Rohl Single Bowl Stainless Copper Kitchen Sink
Kraus Nature Series Nei Glass Vessel Bathroom Sink
The Allstone Group Stone Kitchen Farm Sink with Broken Edge Front


Some paint the walls and add contrasting white trim. Time to do the opposite!

Living Room by Diligence International
Bedroom by kbcdevelopments
Entryway by Tim Cuppett Architects
Even the most functional fixtures can get in on the fun. Take exposed ductwork a step further with an awesome eye-catching finish.
Bathroom by Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Ltd. Architects
Kitchen by Arteferro ltd

What will you color in next?