Something that I struggle with is working colour into my wardrobe and living space. I tend to go for neutral tones and shades that are simple and understated. Which is something that I love but it can get repetitive and look a little dull. Over the past couple of years, I've worked out a few ways to incorporate colour into your life when you're a serious monochrome lover.
Probably one of the easiest ways to work colour into your wardrobe is to experiment with pattern. They don't need to be bold or terrifying like Hawaiian or floral. You can go small and subtle with something like stripes or polka dots. Those are two of my personal favourites as I find they add just that little bit of interest to an outfit without being really bold and out there but they can still break up the monochrome or block colours.
If you are someone who doesn't like to wear colour at all then breaking up an outfit with some sort of accessory is always fun. Whether it be with a bag, shoes or jewellery there are so many options to choose from and often that one piece can make more of a statement than a crazy colourful top.
Bright clothing pieces aren't something that I'm all that fond off. I find that they can often be a little too garish and hard to style. But blush pinks and grey toned blues are the perfect colourful option for a monochrome lover. Often pastels can run the risk of looking too sickly but the right shade can work so well in anyone's wardrobe.
The joy of white interiors means you can experiment so much with adding colour to your space in so many different ways. One of my favourite ways to do this is with prints. Not only do they make your wall space a lot more exciting but they can make your home feel like yours. You can find prints at so many price points and you don't have to spend a fortune to get a nice piece of artwork on your walls. Even Paperchase postcards that cost a mere 60p can make a lovely addition to any home.
My living space is filled with personal trinkets. As much as I love the whole minimal living aesthetic I often find it can be a little bit like living in a show home. Having items scattered around your space that mean something to you is lovely and make any environment feel like yours. If you're living in rented or student accommodation this is a great way to break up the magnolia as you're often not allowed to put anything on the walls.
Alongside prints, my other favourite way of making a space a little brighter is with greenery. I've confessed my love for house plants many times but you seriously cannot beat them. Places like IKEA, Homebase, B&Q and Wilkinsons are all great places to pick them up on a budget as in garden centres they can get seriously expensive. Here are a few benefits to having plants in your home;
- They increase oxygen levels.
- Purify the air.
- A calm environment.
- Remove mould from the air [Peace Lily's].