How to Create a Bright and Lively Interior Style

Fancy creating your very own bright and lively space that’s full of bold colours and fun decor?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

It all began when Harveys challenged me to style a ‘bright and lively’ look for their Calm VS Bold Interiors decorating post. I covered the light and bright home styling whilst Antonia from #tidylife did a fabulous job on styling the calming and tranquil interior look. I loved every minute of putting the room design together and think it was loads of fun!

Read on to find out how to style your own bright and lively interior space.

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A Blank Canvas

I used a white wall to help me bring out the colours of my decorations. I feel that a neutral colour to the base of your room is essential and that’s because you don’t want the bright and liveliness (basically, the colours and patterns) to hurt your eyes. It needs to be a space that allows you to play with shades and hues no matter what they might be and to balance it out. Imagine trying to paint onto a pre-coloured canvas – it would just be too much to take in, chaotic even. Convinced? 😉

A Pop of Colour

I used only two items that are emerald green to add a strong accent into the room without overpowering the space itself. Your eyes are drawn immediately to the green throw, yet it still fits within the overall look. The vase is more subtle as it’s made from glass which is translucent.

Then, I also added light blue that’s a more calming colour. The sand dial on the chair and the cup and saucer only subtly add that pretty hue, adding to the lively effect by complimenting the brighter and bolder decorative pieces.

Books to Balance a Room

As I state in my post on Styling Bookshelves, you can use the books you have to match or coordinate the colours in your room. I used two that both added vibrant shades and their own patterns too, one striped, the other more vintage. They look casually placed but their detail offers lots to the overall look. Anyway, I love my books so I’m always keen to show these off… 😉

Statement Patterns

Add splashes of vibrant colour with patterned textiles. I used an artistic cushion cover, which I had sewn using one of my favourite designs from Bluebellgray fabric range. I feel it really brings all of the colours together because of the splashes it showcases.

Natural or Neutral Furniture

Balancing a bright and colourful space is essential and furniture helps you do this if it’s natural, such as a wooden table, or neutral, like the beige sofa chair. Furniture pieces are usually large and so help neutralise the liveliness of your decor. I believe white furniture would also work well in colourful spaces.

Eclectic Interiors Ideas

I personally love the eclectic look, where many interior styles and decorations from many cultures can be combined to create a fabulous looking space. You may have noticed I used small decorations that are personal to me to create the look I wanted, such as the multi-coloured dreamcatcher, moon & sun decoration and vintage blue trinket. All were acquired from other countries and represent a particular culture that’s different from this modern life of mine.

There’s also the Moroccan rug that I’m in love with. The diamond pattern provides a muted statement to the room, adding interest and continues to offer that eclectic edge to the space.

Finishing Touches

Adding the final touches can make or break a room. Add fresh plants and flowers to energise the space. I chose a potted plant that had an interesting mesh around it whereas the rose in the vase was to compliment the cushion’s splash of pink.

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Thanks for reading and don’t forget to let me know what you think via the comments below!

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Books – Everyman’s Library | Plant – B&Q | Table – Ikea | Cup & saucer – Wedgwood | Rug – The Rug House | Cushion – handmade with Bluebellgray fabric | Sand dial & Sofa chair – Next | Green throw – WoolMe | Green vase – Houseology | Moon & sun decor + blue trinket – souvenirs | Dream catcher – gift | Hummingbird card (on the wall) – Decorque | Skirting – The Skirting Board Shop | Candle – Debenhams

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Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.

46 Comments

  • Reply June 25, 2016

    Danielle

    Fab blog post, my living room is so plain and boring and looking into brightening it up love the idea of the books x

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Thanks Danielle, definitely brighten it up – at least during summer.

  • Reply June 25, 2016

    Natasha

    I love those pops of colour, especially the cute little dream catcher. Adding plants and flowers is a great idea, I always forget this.
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    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      It’s easy to forget but I feel they make a difference for sure. I love my dream catcher too!

  • Your pictures are so beautiful. Going to try these tips.

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Thanks very much and have fun!

  • Reply June 26, 2016

    Keely

    I love the throw and cushion – great styling 🙂

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Thank you very much – they’re gorgeous colours aren’t they 🙂

  • Reply June 26, 2016

    Natasha Mairs

    I love to use neutral colour on the walls and floors and add colour by using bright ornaments, cushions etc.

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Definitely creates that contrast and balances the colourfulness I feel.

  • Reply June 26, 2016

    GoodnightTheSkye

    I’m not going to lie, my aesthetic is very nu-goth-meets-vaudeville, so I stick pretty vehemently to my black and white palette. However, so many of these tips (like ensuring books have an additional aesthetic function) serve coherence, and thus carry over really well! <3

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      You’re totally right, it’s not for everyone but it’s consistency and that seamless transition & bringing it all together. I love the ‘nu-goth-meets-vaudeville’ description 😉

  • Reply June 27, 2016

    Sav Chin

    Some pretty interesting pieces there! I like to use souvenirs that I bring back from travelling.

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Yeah, it makes it so much more personal doesn’t it ?

  • Reply June 27, 2016

    Little Pickle's Mom

    Ooh love this look – especially some of the finishing touches like the dream catcher. This is definitely my style – we rent so all of our walls and most of our furniture is neutral so we spice things up with colourful textiles and decor!

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      This is ideal then. Really glad you like it and thanks very much for commenting 🙂

  • Reply June 27, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    I do love your style and absolutely adore your little knick knacks strewn all over your house. So lovely 🙂

  • Reply June 27, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    Stunning as always, I love the trinket box and the books make a wonderful addition to the bright interior arrangement. You really have an eye for what makes a room look good x

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Thank you very much, that’s really sweet of you to say!

  • Reply June 27, 2016

    Charlotte Burt

    I love your images in this post. May I ask what camera you use and how you edit them? They are absolutely divine! I love a pop of colour and especially needed in this dull British Summmer.

    The Blonde B

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      YAY! Thank you, I’ve been working so hard on images recently and I’m glad it shows. Sure, I use a Nikon D5300 but started with a D3000 which was amazing too (this one just has a video cam too)

  • Reply June 27, 2016

    tots2travel

    I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but the books are definitely my stand out pieces.

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Hehe, totally agree and thanks.

  • Reply June 27, 2016

    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    I love the selection of items you have used to brighten up the room, some great choice there.

  • Reply June 28, 2016

    Rachel

    I love this, but I always worry about looking over cluttered x

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      It is a danger but it’s a matter of playing around with it until you’re happy

  • Reply June 28, 2016

    Kara Guppy

    I cannot wait to decorate my lounge, it is quite bland and boring at the moment

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Well when you do it’ll be worth the wait I’m sure

  • Reply June 28, 2016

    Hannah

    I love your style and that arrangement looks lovely. I know it’s the little details that really make it and can add that pop of colour but with a little one it’s quite hard to manage. I can also over do it sometimes – i need to learn to get the balance right!

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      Thanks Hannah. I do know what you mean but do keep playing around and in the end you’ll get it right 🙂

  • Reply June 28, 2016

    Jenni

    I have bedding very similar to that cushion, I love the bright colours against white x

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      The colours definitely stand out. Cool, are they Bluebellgray too?

  • Reply June 28, 2016

    Anosa

    I think a pop of colour always does wonders for the interior same thing with fashion

  • Reply July 1, 2016

    Anna

    So many great ideas, I wish i had my own place to do this too. Love the colours!!!

    • Reply July 8, 2016

      Alina

      But they great thing about this is that rentals are most always white so you can definitely do it in any place 🙂

  • Reply July 8, 2016

    Jane Elizabeth

    Fantastic results on the room! Starting with a clean, blank canvas wall is always a great idea. The paint choice of your wall can have a dramatic influence on the feel of the room. By sticking with neutral colours, you keep the room feeling fresh, larger and will compliment any furniture or decorations that are placed within the room.

    • Reply July 9, 2016

      Alina

      Sounds like you might have done this more than once 😉 thanks for commenting, really appreciated.

  • Reply July 12, 2016

    Kara Guppy

    We are redecorating soon and I really want to add a punch of colour to jazz things up a bit

  • Reply July 30, 2016

    Lilinha

    Beautiful interior style! I’ve never thought about using books to style a room, so thank you for the tip! 🙂
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  • Reply July 31, 2016

    JM

    Great post. Very creative. I would definite try some of these at home. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply July 31, 2016

    Clairejustine

    Beautiful pictures, I love the pops of colour 🙂

  • Reply August 1, 2016

    Kerry Norris

    Great tips. I love a neautral colour wall with pops of colour. That green throw is gorgeous x

  • Reply August 1, 2016

    Joanna

    This looks great! I am in the process of changing things around my house, I need a fresh approach and I am actually thinking about adding bits of color here and there.

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