Jul 02, 2012

by English Muse

Morning guys. Happy Monday. It’s Lelanie here from of Beauty and Love and today I would like to chat a bit about basics and colour pops. When making any big hoe purchase, we are often encouraged to go neutral, plain, white…practical. These items need to last you a lifetime after-all. 😉 Eventually, you do tire of practicality and sensibility. And like me you maybe come to regret a few of the more ‘sensible’ purchases. Wishing you had gone wilder? You still can. With a touch of imagination and a small budget, you can transform your basics into statement pieces.

In Catherine Sheppard’s apartment above, she’s jazzed up a white base with green and blue accent colours. A mint green table and a cobalt blue upholstered occasional chair add fun to this chick space. Take it a step further with matching accessories and flowers. Should you tire of this cool palette, you can easily change thins up again by painting the side table a hot pink.

Not in the market for paint or upholstery? Well, a rug and some scatters will also do the trick. Here, to ordinary, white spaces, has been transformed into what seems a bright room. Look closely. Note how few items it actually took to change the space around. In a bedroom, a bright throw, some scatters and a few accessories can do the trick. In this eclectic lounge, a bright ‘Kelim’ carpet and scatters add a fun mood.

There are many ways to brighten up a neutral space. And because the base is so unassuming, anything goes… You can go all out colour, like this patio or Rita Konings small lounge on the right. Here various colours and details have been added to give a vibey, fun atmosphere. Or, keep it elegant like these stunning space below.

Using annual flowers are cheap way of adding colour to a patio. Combine with a few scatters and your old side table and you have a whole new look. This entrance hall is essentially still all white. All Catherine added was the small floral display and two, green glass, lamps stands. These are easy to change should you have a change of heart.


Don’t be disheartened by a neutral space. It is easy to transform, with very little commitment or expenses. And if you change your mind, you can easily go back to the original look.

Have a great Monday. Be inspired.

Ciao, Lelanie.

Sources: Rita KoningBedroom popBoho colourWhite and greenPorchPorch 2 


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4 Responses to “Making the basics pop.”

  1. Siv says:

    This is lovely, great tips! Love the patio, and all the patterned pillows.

  2. Katie says:

    So many clever ideas! Lately I’ve found myself drawn to more neutrals, but the light greens in floral arrangements and the little color burst in the pillows are perfect for keeping things interesting.

  3. I love the bedroom in particular
    A great and inspiring post

  4. Hannah says:

    So true! Love a little punch of color on a clean white palette!

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