Colour is powerful and important. Indeed, it is essential to life.
Colour evokes memories and emotions, welcomes you and your guests into a room, sparks conversations, and creates calm for sanctuary.
Choosing your colours is fun but, as with all good things, using them requires discipline.
Smart, well-balanced decisions will transform your space. Overindulgence and distraction, at worst, can be upsetting and offensive.
Your choice of colour will reflect the function and mood of your room, so to help you achieve a balance that reflects what you want follow these simple tips:
1. Light and shade
It takes courage to paint a room a dark colour but the outcome can be breathtaking. You can balance it out by adding light and brightness via the room’s elements and features.
What to do: The use of full gloss enamel in a clean, light colour for skirting and architraves, bounces the light around the stops the walls from closing in.
2. Clarity of thought, unity of colour
Colour, more than anything else, creates an emotion that can discipline and unify the disparate elements of an interior. Where a room has been awkwardly renovated, colour can turn your ugly duckling into a swan.
What to do: Use low sheen pain on the walls. Low sheen is subtle, humble and understated (but still cleanable). Low sheen scatters light.
Paint the skirting and architraves the same colour as the walls but with an enamel paint. If there is a window in the shortest wall – curtain the whole wall.
3. Drama within
Continuity of colour will calm the overall effect while adding some black in a room elevates the drama. Too often we can get carried away with making the colour of things ‘match’ when subtlety in consistency is powerful and more meaningful.
What to do: Choose a base tone for the colour you want. Find upholstery fabrics and curtains that repeat the colour. Mixing patterns but keeping scale will also add interest. One patterned fabric may incorporate other colours which can be used successfully as accents.
4. Tones and truth
Most importantly, chart your course before you set sail. The easiest way to achieve simplicity is through a tight pallet and disciplined use across everything.
What to do: When you choose a multi-coloured fabric or rug or painting, it gives you a pallet that can be applied throughout your home.
For example, if you have a separate entry room or guest powder room, pick one of the stronger colours for walls for some drama.
Mixing well-scaled patterns, stipes, checks, dots, chevrons means that they can be repositioned throughout the main rooms with lots of variations.
Colours are the fun part. Treatment with respect and they will reward you infinitely.