8 Ideas Under $10 to Add Color to Your Home

Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Color into Your Home
colorful throw pillows

As you begin spring cleaning around your house, those good intentions can easily turn into an urge to refresh and redecorate your space. The return of warmer weather and sunshine can really inspire you to add more color and personality to your home. It can be especially great to use colorful décor to reflect the beauty that is blooming outside during this time of year.

If you find yourself wanting—or needing—to brighten up your space, but you're on a budget, don't fret! There are plenty of simple ways to refresh your home with even the tightest of budgets to work with.

Here, we are sharing 8 ways to incorporate more color into your home décor for under $10.

1. Paint the Inside of Your Front Door
painted interior front door

If you love a good pop of color but aren't sure about painting an entire room a bright color, try painting the back of your front door. It takes under an hour to throw two coats of paint on the door, which means it can easily be changed out in the future when your décor preferences change or when you decide to move out.

If you really want to get creative, you can use some painter's tape to create a fun and unique pattern, making it into a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

You shouldn't need more than a quart of paint for two coats, which usually runs between $9 and $10 depending on the store and the brand name.

Don't just settle for dressing up the inside of your front door, freshen up the exterior entryway with color and decor too.

Photo source: Kylie M. Interiors

2. Bring a Colorful Blanket into a New Space
colorful throw blanket

If you are keeping your blankets tucked safely in your linen closet or at the foot of your bed, try bringing one of the more colorful ones out into your main living space as a colorful throw. Draping your sofa with a throw blanket not only adds some really nice color to the room, but also is a great way to warm up on a cool night.

The best part about repurposing a colorful blanket to your entertaining room? It's absolutely free!

If you're lacking storage space, you can bring out a few colorful, nice-looking throws and display them on a blanket ladder, which could be your next $5 DIY project.

Photo credit: Sarah Stapley

3. Display Your Most Colorful Books
book shelf

Bringing your favorite colorful books out and highlighting them on a shelf on their own is a unique way to use your hobby as your décor. And, on an otherwise plain hutch or shelf, it adds a bit of personality and character.

Want to have a little fun with it? Pull a random assortment of colors, in a variety of tones for the each color, for an ombré effect or books that make the colors of the rainbow. The best part is that your favorite hardbacks will be close by whenever the reading mood strikes.

If you want to get really specific with your color choices or prefer vintage books, you can usually pick them up for a few dollars each at your local antique store—unless they are first editions, of course!

Don't stop there though! Style your shelves on a budget by pulling in trinkets and plants that you pick up at your local thrift shop or that you already have in other rooms of the house.

Photo source: Thrifty Decor Chick

4. Add A Colorful Towel to Your Kitchen
bright kitchen hand towels

Inexpensive kitchen towels are a fun and playful way to add some character to your kitchen. Keeping a rainbow of colors on rotation between your kitchen and bathrooms all spring and summer long is a great way to brighten your mood and remind you of the beauty that awaits you during this warm and sunny season. This is a great example of both form and function, as science has proven that certain colors (think yellow!) really can boost your mood!

Feeling crafty? Try making your own dish towels with your favorite fabric, patterns, pompoms, and more. 

Photo credit: Sarah Stapley

5. Print Your Favorite Quote and Hang on the Wall
hanging wall quote decor

We all have quotes that inspire and motivate us, so why not have them hanging in prominent places in our homes? You can get creative and use a variety of fonts and colors to really make them pop, or keep the text black and white and give a quick coat of bright spray paint to your frame. A can of spray paint will run you $3 to $6, and since it usually dries pretty quickly you will have your frame hanging up on the wall in no time.

 And since you can print them at home, you can swap them out anytime you want to suit your mood.

Photo credit: Making Home Base

6. Add a Colorful Pillow Cover to Your Throw Pillows
living room couch with throw pillow

Pillow covers are a quick and easy way to change up your décor, which means you can keep a variety of covers tucked away in your linen closet so that any time the mood strikes, you can swap them out. This saves space so that you don't have to store a bunch of pillows, and you still get to enjoy all of the different styles and colors that inspire you all throughout spring and summer.

IKEA offer some fun and affordable options, with most ranging from $4-10. Of course you can always DIY a few zippered pillow covers if you're so inclined to do so.

Photo credit: Sarah Stapley

7. Hang a Colorful Bird Feeder Outside Your Window
teacup bird feeder

Spring is synonymous with the return of warmer weather and the sound of birds chirping outside your windows. A fun way to capitalize on that is to hang a colorful bird feeder in a tree or on a deck to attract more of your favorite birds to your morning ritual.

Tip: If you place it in a spot with nearby seating, this also makes for a really nice outdoor area to enjoy your morning coffee as the warmer weather descends into spring.

While some retail bird feeders might run you more than $10, there are plenty of DIY tutorials for your to choose from that will keep you firmly under budget.

Photo source: DIY Inspired

8. Create an Instagram Collage Wall
photo collage

Printing out your favorite Instagram photos is a fun way to remember some of your favorite adventures. Keep it simple with a square display, or get whimsical with a heart-shaped Instagram collage.

Use some colorful washi tape and hang them in a place that you will see them every day. There are several services that allow you to print and ship direct to your door for pretty cheap. Otherwise, you can always print them out yourself!

To keep cost down, you can buy a pack of thicker photo paper (or even these square sheets!) and print to your heart's content from your own home. You can likely get a few hundred prints for under $10 if you go the DIY route, which we always recommend!

Photo credit: Sarah Stapley