Fresh ways to brighten your rooms - 10 ideas

Want decorating ideas to brighten up your home? From living rooms packed with colour to bold bedrooms take a look at our bright ideas for your home. For more decorating ideas and design tips visit

Choose curtains in a bright, spring-inspired shade. Here lightweight fabric helps let natural sunlight through, while the bold yellow colour livens up the space.

1/10 Bedroom with bold curtains

grey bedroom with bold curtain and table lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Emma Lee)

Curtain fabric
Osborne & Little

2/10 Wallpapered cupboards

cupboard with glass door and crockery

(Image credit: Spike Powell)

Want a weekend project that will freshen up your home? Decorate the inside of a cupboard with a pretty patterned wallpaper.

Cole & Son

3/10 Living room with bright shelving

living room with tableware and bright shelving

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Young)

Group and display items, such as plates and vases, in the same colour for a striking look.

Similar tableware

4/10 Bright dining room space

dining room with bright furniture and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Bevan)

Bring the sunshine inside by decorating a room in various shades of one colour. Here a mustard chair combines well with ultra bright shelving.


5/10 Patchwork seating area

patchwork with seating area with mismatching cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Matt Cant)

Patchwork is a great way to brighten up any space - it adds colour, personality and a touch of homespun charm. Team with mismatching cushions for a quirky feel.

Similar patchwork quilt

6/10 Seed packets wall display

colourful frames and wall display

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dan Duchars)

Use fun and quirky items to create a unique wall display. Here seed packets are displayed in colourful frames - perfect for adding a touch of charm to a utility room.

Vintage seed packet prints
The Old Design Shop

7/10 Bedroom corner with bright chair

bedroom corner with pink chair and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Ben Anders)

Liven up a dark corner with brightly coloured furniture. Here a velvet covered chair in shocking pink stands out.

Similar chair

8/10 Living room wall mural

living room with wall mural and sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

Be brave and add a wall mural to your living room. You can buy ready-made mural stickers or even have a go at painting one yourself!


9/10 Hallway with bright patterned wallpaper

hallway with floral wallpaper and notebook

(Image credit: Spike Powell)

Add the wow-factor to your hallway with a rich, floral wallpaper. Echo the bright colours with accessories such as notebook and ornaments.

Cole & Son

10/10 Kitchen with yellow fridge

kitchen with yellow fridge and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

Offset muted shades with a vibrantly coloured appliance. Here a bold smeg fridge takes centre stage.


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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.