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The short, grey days of winter seem to be catching up with me since I feel like I'm attracted to anything with colour right now. I can't get enough of crisp, fresh, happy accents that are easy to bring into the home. These are a few of my picks:

I love the mix of red and pink (a personal fave) and the Moroccan style of this West Elm rug.

The painterly effect of this new tea towel from Crate & Barrel is lovely. I'm a sucker for tea towels — I think they're one of the most affordable ways to bring colour and pattern into your kitchen. My fellow design editors have been known to frame their favourite tea towels, too — an inexpensive trick when you're trying to fill a blank wall.

This sweet felt garland from DwellStudio could be draped over a mirror, around a window frame, over the back of your headboard — anywhere really.

At $50, this Ikea coffee table is pretty affordable for a family room or basement. It's such a happy colour! Keep books, mags, puzzles and colouring supplies for kids stored on the shelf underneath. The castors and metal finish keep it casual.

Crate & Barrel's colourful take on the classic Thonet bentwood chair would be a cheery addition to a dining room or casual eating area. The apple green lacquer finish hits just the right note, and the acidity in the colour modernizes the design.

See our Colourful Contemporary Living Rooms photo gallery for more cheery inspiration.

Photo credits:
1. Nomad Printed Cotton Dhurrie, West Elm
2. Watercolour Chevron Dishtowel, Crate & Barrel
3. Felt Garland, DwellStudio
4. Ikea PS 2012 Coffee Table, Ikea
5. Vienna Apple Side Chair, Crate & Barrel

Author: 

Sally Armstrong

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