Do you like the idea of introducing some colour to your home but don’t know where to start? Maybe the idea of introducing colour is way too daunting in case you decide you don’t like it! We have put together a few starting points and tips to help you brave your favourite shades!
What’s great about colour is that it can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. You can use colour to energise, or cool down. By selecting the right colour scheme, you can create an elegant ambiance, warmth or tranquility or convey an image of playful youthfulness.
Colours affect us in numerous ways, both mentally and physically. Warm colours are vivid and energetic, whereas cool colours give an impression of calm and create a soothing impression.
WHERE TO START?
A good starting point is to look at what you already have in your home and pieces you particularly love, such as feature artwork, a sofa or a rug. These provide ideal reference points for colour, and they also reflect your personality.
Look at these and pull out a particular colour (or texture or pattern) and use it in other areas around the room or house.
An example would be using an artwork as your main centrepiece, then taking a colour from this artwork and introducing it into cushions, a throw or a rug. Doing this will visually tie the whole space together.
Another brilliant tip (I am borrowing from Interior Designer Sophie Robinson) is to check out your wardrobe! (Stay with me) The colours and styles you choose to surround and dress yourself with everyday are a good indication of what you’ll enjoy living in too. “Sometimes looking at the clothes we’ve chosen, and how we put outfits together, gives a really clear indication of what colours we’re drawn to.”
If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge with a coloured wall or flooring, why not try it on other changeable spaces in your home?
Start small. Introduce colour into a room by way of soft furnishings, accessories or a vibrant wall print that can be easily switched out depending on your mood.
Mix and match cushions
Elevate an uninspiring living room with an array of bold, statement cushions. Use contrasting colours and prints for an eclectic feel that’s bursting with boho character. Don’t be afraid to mix up your textures too – combine deep-pile velvet with cotton and linen to create a tactile spot that’s perfect for kicking back and relaxing.
Throw some shade
Quilts, throws, and blankets aren’t just for bedrooms anymore. An oversized faux fur throw or blanket adds depth, colour, and cosy comfort when draped over the back or arm of a neutral sofa or chair in the living room.
Spread colour underfoot
An area rug softens up a room and makes it cosy. But a bold area rug strategically placed in front of a chair or under a coffee table also adds colour and texture to a living room. Try layering an area rug on top of carpeting, another rug or simply over hardwood flooring in a contrasting colour or texture.
Reflect Light and colour
If you have an empty wall in your living room but don’t know how to fill it, try placing a large mirror on that big bare wall. A mirror will reflect large swaths of colour and light from around your living room, and you didn’t even have to paint a thing to add more colour to the space!
Go green with botanicals
Inject au naturel vibes into an uninspiring room by committing to a subtle botanical scheme.
Nature provides us with the most beautiful luscious colours to add to your living space. Choose greenery that’s meant to thrive in indoor low-lighting conditions. But if your thumb isn’t the greenest, opt for realistic artificial florals and foliage. It’s easy to fool the eye with today’s lifelike artificial stems.
Sweeten up with pastel shades
Pastels are a great way to introduce colour gently. Combine a few shades together for a subtle and harmonious space.
Invest in a colour statement
Sumptuous velvet sofas make the perfect statement hero piece for your home. Our Savvy, Deep and Moleskin Velvet ranges come in a beautiful array of colours and easier to care for than you might think! Our velvets are hard wearing and easy to clean, so you need not fear spillages or sticky little fingers!
Sophisticated jewel colours, gentle pastel shades or rich burnt tones will add plenty of personality to a neutral scheme and create a colourful focal point.
TOP TIPS FOR USING COLOUR
It’s a clever idea to create a cohesive home, where all areas have a seamless flow or transition.
This can be achieved by using the same flooring, wall colour or furniture style throughout the house. It makes smaller spaces feel larger and makes the home feel more calm and consistent.
However, you can still introduce additional colours, by treating this cohesive idea as a base palette for your main areas (such as your flooring and the main wall colour) and adding interest and variation through feature colours, materials and decor, which can easily be changed.
What colours should never be put together?
They say blue and green should never be seen, but actually the right shades of each can work really well.
It’s important to have contrast, adding interest and providing light and shade throughout. Contrast can come in many forms, from introducing a darker or lighter colour to natural textures such as timber and stone or a punch of colour.
They all help to add visual interest and avoid a room from looking bland.
Can there ever be too many colours?
In general, the rule is three colours in one space. a balance of three different colours (which can be in different finishes, not just paint) makes a well-balanced looking space.
This also allows you to easily and cost effectively change the bolder colour as your tastes or the seasons change.
Are you tempted to introduce colour? Once you’ve taken your first tentative steps into the world of colour and fallen in love with its affect no doubt you’ll soon be getting the paint brush out and taking it bigger!
We would love for you to share your colourful homes with us and help inspire other #cabyncrew.
Love from Emma & Emily