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