Dark Evenings Doesn’t Mean Dark Homes

The evenings may be closing in and autumn/winter is approaching (did it ever leave, I hear you ask). But dark dreary evenings doesn’t mean dark dreary interiors. Brighten up your home this autumn with these colourful ideas.

One of my favourite trends at the moment is mismatched dining chairs. We no longer have to have the perfect set of 6 or 8 chairs around the dining table.  Paint your kitchen chairs in pretty colours to bring a touch of vintage romance to your home.

Source: roomenvy.wordpress.com via Laura on Pinterest

Or stick with one colour to produce a perfect burst of colour in a white kitchen.

Source: houseofturquoise.com via Tensy on Pinterest


Adding splashes of colour to an otherwise monochromatic scheme can really add personality to your home.

Although this kitchen from Houzz.com  has a lovely contemporary feel to it, the glass splash back forms the basis for the colour explosion while the lime green accessories bring the scheme together.

I absoloutly love how this room comes alive with these bright scatter cushions.  Change the cushions and you can change the look of this room on a whim.

Liven up the Bedroom

Add bright bed linen, throws and cushions and perk up a neutral bedroom almost instantly.

Vibrant pink and orange cushions and a pink throw gives a bright modern feel to this space. Image from Emerald Interior Design Pinterest Board


Again in this image from apartment therapy we see how splashes of orange can make such a difference to an otherwise neutral room.

Less is More

Introduce colour into just one element of the space to give the wow factor.

Yellow teamed with black and white can be a powerful mix.  Images from Emerald Interior Design on Pinterest 

So don’t let winter drag you down.  Be bold and pick a bright vibrant colour and introduce it into your home.  You don’t even need to re-decorate.  Just add your chosen colour here and there, accessorise a table, add some colourful cushions, a rug, even a vase!

For more tips on decorating with colour check out these articles: Decorating with Turquoise and Pink, Add A Splash of Colour, Gorgeous Grey, and The Wonder of White.  You can also Sign up to my Newsletter to designer tips, inspiration ideas, and news on design trends delivered to your inbox for free.  And you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

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