There are almost limitless possibilities to what you can do when it comes to enhancing the space you live in, be it increasing the perceived size of a room by letting in more natural light or adding a modern edge with a contemporary wall transfer or stencil.
In part 2 of our Interior Design Tips series, we’ll be examining one of the most useful and effective tools in your arsenal: colour!
Choosing the right colour can make a room incredibly welcoming, feel more spacious or simply convey a feeling or mood. On the other hand opting for the wrong colour can make a room look tacky, clashing with furniture and fixtures that are in the space to create a colour palette that isn’t easy on the eye.
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the paint and paper colours that are available to you, and to make the selection of a colour much easier, we recommend mentally grouping colour tones into two categories: warm tones and cool tones.
Warm tones such as red, orange and yellow are more ‘energetic’ and can often be used effectively in communal areas such as the living room or kitchen , whereas cool tones such as blue and green are more calming and can often be more at home in bedrooms and bathrooms. Finally, blacks, browns and grays are often referred to as ‘grounding’ colours, and can be used in various shades throughout the home to create a cosy colour scheme.
That’s not to say there are set rules here though; should you find yourself wanting to experiment with some relaxing deep red tones in the bedroom then go for it, express your creative side with colour!
Ensuring your new colour fits with the pre-existing fixtures and fittings in the room is critical.
While in an ideal world we would simply be able to completely re-furnish a room every time we felt like adding a new colour to a room, this is simply not affordable! That’s why it’s a great idea to take along a smaller item from your furnishing colour scheme such as a piece of fabric or a scatter cushion for example and comparing them when shopping for a new colour. This is also a great way to ensure colours don’t clash once you begin to decorate.
If you’re unsure about which colours are best for your room, consider opting for a more neutral colour such as white or cream, and then use accessories such as cushions, throws, wall art and rugs to add dashes of colour. This will allow you to experiment with different colours without committing to a more ‘bold’ colour on the walls too soon.
A final suggestion could be to look at window blinds. Window blinds are a great way of bringing out your personality, especially with styles, colours, fabrics and materials.
So, there we have our fantastic list of colour tips; be sure to check back again soon for part 3 of our handy Interior Design Tips series!