Guide to introducing colour to your home.
Quite often people are scared of introducing colour to their decor in case they use it wrong. But let us tell you, there is no right or wrong. Creating the perfect colour scheme is purely down to confidence and preference. If this is starting to sound like you, then read on to find out our helpful tips and tricks that might give you the confidence to introduce colour to your home. Knowledge is key after all!
Introducing colour to your home with Paint.
Painting your room can be a semi permanent way to introduce color to your home. Yes, if you decide over time you don’t like it or you fancy a change you can just paint over the previous colour. But if you don’t want to be redecorating every few months then you might want to choose wisely.
When picking your paint colour we would definitely suggest picking a colour that you actually like. Bear in mind that the trendy paint colours you’ve seen someone use on Instagram could go out of style eventually. So ask yourself, when this colour goes out of style, will I still be happy with it? Are you likely to go off it in a few months and then want to re-decorate?
Also take into consideration how much of your room you are wanting to cover with this colour, are you thinking of using it for a feature wall? If so, what colour are you going to use on the other walls. Alternatively you could go all out and paint your whole room in your chosen colour.
Photo credit: @fix_no_166 has created this perfect complimentary coloured orange and blue interior. This colour scheme is absolutely perfect even down to the in-keeping fresh flower centre piece! (Cushions pictured: Nomi Monoprint, mustard)
Next, think about your space and the size of the room that you want to decorate. If you have a small room, light colors can make your room look and feel bigger, whereas darker colours can often make your room feel smaller, which is completely fine if you want to create a super cosy feel at home.
Taking into consideration whether the colour you’ve chosen is a warm or cold colour is also important as cold colours can make your room feel cold. We’re not saying that you have to go out and decorate your room in warming yellow or orange. But when you are looking at different shades, you might want to consider colours that have a warmer undertone for example a undertone of red rather than blue. Yes this exists! Even a white paint has undertones.
Creating a colour scheme.
So you’ve picked your paint colour, great! Now what about everything else? A colour palette is made up of a combination of both neutrals and colours which are used in different proportions. As a rule of thumb we would suggest not using any more than 3 different colours in your interior schemes. In addition to your three colours, you could consider using a variety of neutrals but also blending in different tones of your chosen colours.
Photo credit: @athomewiththeraines has tonally created this perfectly pink bedroom with wood flooring, white and grey neutrals. How cosy and inviting does this look? (cushion pictured: Sunningdale velvet square, powder)
Introducing colour to your home through accessories.
Painting your walls can be a more permanent way to bring colour into your home. But there are also other ways that you can introduce colour without picking up the paintbrush. Keeping your walls and flooring neutral and adding colour through accessories and home textiles is a really great and quick way to create a timeless interior style. It’s also massively less time consuming if you fancy a quick transformation.
Photo credit @my_house_on_abbey_road has made their interior look really bright and spacious through their use of the neutral walls and contrasting this with statement bright bedding and bold ornaments for a modern style. (duvet cover set pictured: Kindred Abstract Faces)
Including colourful soft furnishings like cushions and throws is a great way to introduce colour, you can also bring in a variety of patterns and textures. You can contrast your accessories entirely or tonally blend them in. Or if you’re wanting to use more than one accent colour you can choose contrasting and tonal accessories.
Another way you can use colour at home is through a rug. This is also great if you're not completely in love with your carpet or floor, but aren’t wanting to completely change that just yet. When choosing a rug, make sure you look at it whilst it’s on the floor, or take it home and place it where you think you would like to use it to see how the colour works in your room.
Placing artwork on your neutral walls is also a great way to bring in colour. You could either go large and choose a statement piece of art or you can use a number of smaller different frames with a selection of colours that you can pick out and choose soft furnishings to match.
If you feel like you're not ready to pick up the paint brush and decorate just yet and using soft furnishings to incorporate colour into your interior scheme sounds more achieveable, then why not take a look at some of our most stylish accessories that will help to completely transform your home!