I'm a neutrals' girl, both in my clothing and my home. I like a classy style for dress ware, so my wardrobe consists of black, grey, navy and cream. For my home, I favour neutral walls and choose to infuse colour seasonally with inexpensive elements.
Here are my top 3 inexpensive "go to" choices for infusions of colour in any season:
1. A colourful pillow
This one sits on the chair, in my office, and brightens my cream and blush theme.
2. Beautiful food
There is always a bowl of colourful food on my counter! They brighten up my kitchen and are inviting for use in cooking and in drinks. Depending on the season, I might have bright red apples in the fall; kumquats in the winter; green apples in the spring; lemons and limes, along with butter lettuce in the summer. The simplest thing about this infusion of colour is that it's accessible, practical and edible!
3. Metallics and accent colours
Metallics are always a great way to add visual interest in a space, whether as a decorative item on a console table, or in a frame. I consider metals to be neutrals, and mix them throughout my home. Some metal accents are inexpensive (like the succulent vase on the left), and some have sentimental value as they are family heirlooms (like the sugar bowl on the right).
Well placed items in an accent colour are a very simple way to infuse colour in strategic locations of a space. Accent colours allow you to be creative without committing to permanent changes. Below, the turquoise bird (painted in Benjamin Moore "Venezuelan Sea" #2054-30) draws the eye up, compliments the colour on the accent pillows and goes very well with the "Paladian Blue" (Benjamin Moore #HC-144) of the window coverings. Have you noticed my walls are simply cream in the living room (Benjamin Moore "Ballet White" # OC-9)?
My desk gets an infusion of weekly colour as the vintage silver sugar bowl is filled with bright colourful blooms. The back office wall is painted in Benjamin Moore's "Bridal Pink" #2013-70, which pairs beautifully with gold and silver accents and contrasts well with the red and coral blooms.