Color Blocking: Dresser & Home Decor Makeovers

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From the clothes hanging in our closet to the furnishings adorning our home, our personal style and interior-design themes express our creativity and reflect our personality. As warmer days of spring approach, fashionistas are eager to swap out layered looks and knee-high boots for flirty frocks and leg-baring shorts. Not only does spring inspire shopping and new fashion trends, it inspires aesthetic makeovers to another part of your life as well—your living space. Break out of the winter blues and dreary doldrums of a frigid weather by taking on a DIY furniture project using bright colors. Color-blocking isn't just for mini skirts and tucked-in tanks, it can have a dramatically impressive effect on creating a new look and rejuvenated energy for your space.

Embark on a color-blocking DIY project and update furniture pieces for a whole new interior-design theme with the following ideas:

Contrasting Dresser Drawers & Knobs

Color-block a large dresser or quaint bureau by painting the drawers a bold hue that contrasts with the color of the furniture's chest. Lifestyle blog Oh Happy Day spotlights a dark grey dresser for spiffing up room decor. Charcoal-colored furniture may seem like a subdued choice, but you can enhance its look by painting the drawers sunflower yellow, velvet red or even a mixture of both. For a children's bedroom or playroom, apply a rainbow of colors to dresser drawers, painting each drawer red, blue and yellow. Highlight the boldness of the dresser drawers by painting the chest Sharpie-marker black.

Instead of dresser drawers, focus on color-blocking the dresser and the knobs. The following color combinations may please your palette choices:

  • Tangerine Tango + China White
  • Keylime Pie + Violet Purple
  • Robins Egg Blue + Crimson Red
  • Mustard Yellow + Seafoam Green

As a decor tip, since your color-blocked dresser will become the statement piece in your bedroom, your bed should have a neutral look. Make over your bed with a pearl, eggnog or wheat-colored duvet. Tightly tuck a white bed skirt underneath the mattress, and ruffles can add a feminine touch.

Chalk-Painted Dresser & Citrus-Colored Mirror

Transform your a light oak-colored dresser into your bedroom's eye-catching focal point. To create a cozy, vintage theme, shop on Ebay or look through Craigslist to find antique, rustic dressers. Since you'll be painting the piece, avoid darker hues, such as red mahogany or cherry oak, that would conflict with a bold hue. Sarah from home-decorating blog Thrifty Decor Chick added character to her buffet by painting it with Aubusson Blue chalk paint, which is a deep, rich blue. As a helpful tip, chalk paint doesn't require sanding or priming. However, some quick sanding helps paint go on easily and smoothly. A light coat of CeCe Caldwell wax and buffing doesn't hurt either. Although pricier, chalk paint is durable and long-lasting. Accent your deep-blue dresser with a wall mirror painted in a citrus green or lime tart. The duo of colors has an alfresco and seaside feel, so adorn the space with a green houseplant, seashell-filled wooden bowl and framed photos of the beach.

Guest Post From Lynn Porter

Lynn loves going to JC Penney and Target to get the best deals on high quality housewares. She loves sharing home decorating ideas.

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