(BPT) - When spring and summer arrive, Mother Nature shows off her decorating skills, bringing vibrant color to the outdoors. The bounty of hues outside can inspire homeowners to liven up their own environments, too. Enjoying the colors of nature is free to all, and brightening your indoor environment and your wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a bundle, either.
“Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color,” says Brad Goreski, celebrity stylist and Post-it Brand Color Ambassador.
Try these inexpensive, easy ways to bring color into your home, office or personal look this season.
Brighten your wardrobe
Color can be intimidating. Many of us tend to fall into a pattern of buying clothes in colors that we feel look good on us, and avoiding anything new that might be a fashion risk. Trying a new color, though, is a great way to update a wardrobe and liberate your color sense.
Not sure where to begin? Goreski recommends “color blocking” – blending two main colors in an outfit – as a can’t-miss tactic for brightening your outfit. Color blocking allows you to pair two bright colors for an upbeat look while avoiding the color clash that so many people fear.
“Stick with two colors that work well together,” Goreski advises. “Avoid too many different colors. Two colors work, but three or four would be too much and you’ll end up looking like a box of crayons.”
For example, try a blouse in one color and a skirt in another. Then, continue those colors in your accessories.
Elevate your office environment
“Whether you have a home office or work outside the home, your office is where you get business done,” Goreski says. “But the business world is increasingly global in nature, and the colors in your office can be as well.”
A quick, easy and cost-effective way to add color and organization to your environment is to introduce the Post-it Brand Colors of the World collection to your office. Four unique color palettes feature hues inspired by four global destinations, including New York City, Mykonos, Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok. Each palette draws on the trends, styles and cultures of the locations to add inspiring color to this office and organization staple.
“The colors in this Post-it Brand collection transport you to new places, spark new ideas and allow you to express your personality and style – all while staying organized,” Goreski says.
More hues for home
When the weather warms, it’s the perfect time to add color to your home decor. You can go as bold or traditional as your comfort level allows and still infuse a brighter, fresher feeling.
Start by painting any room in which you want to create a new look. Choose a hue that speaks to your sense of style and fits the function of the room. For example, blues and greens are restive for bedroom decor, while yellows and reds impart energy to busy kitchens.
If committing to a complete color change is uncomfortable for you, try creating an accent wall in a bright color and paint the other three walls in a neutral hue - this can be a great compromise. Continue the theme of the accent wall throughout the rest of the room with accessories such as pillows, throws, rugs and lamp shades in the same hue or color family.
In the same vein, updating accessories and window treatments can be a cost-effective, low-fear way to infuse new color into a room. By adding pops of color in items that are easy to change, you eliminate the risk of committing to a major change, and you also create flexibility to change a room’s look with each change in season.