Feel daunted by colour and how to put it to use in your home? Here are 10 easy ways to dip into the colour wheel, starting with clustering. If you have colourful glass and china dotted around your home, try grouping it together by hue. The mixture of glossy vessels gives an almost stained glass effect and you barely notice the white shelving and sofa when it is brightened up with these collections.
A calming palette of pale pastels is always a good choice for a relaxing bedroom. But sometimes a bit of punch can really add pizzazz and give your bedding a refreshed feel. The simple addition of cushions in a pop of complementary pink is an easy (and removable) move. Satin intensifies the colour by adding reflective shine. Bold, but beautiful.
Some might say slick, others might say simple, but either way an all-white kitchen makes an ultra-modern design statement. Injecting a punch of personality via a bold colour can make all the difference. Consider going a shade braver via the likes of a coloured light fixture. Orange is a great choice to help keep the look modern, but add a hint of warmth.
A palette of tonally darker colours is a guaranteed way to achieve contemporary sophistication. Lighten the sombre mood with colour, but be warned. Simply adding any shade might take away from the chic look you are trying to achieve. Think way outside the box by choosing an accent colour in a new tone. A flat green would muddy this living room look, but the choice of acid lime adds a bright spark and not only maintains the sophistication, but amps it up an exciting notch.
Florals, even in their most modern incarnation, make a certain statement in a bedroom. Sticking to one colour, even in every available shade, keeps the look calming, but may feel a little too co-ordinated or, at worst, tonally static. Shake up the decor with a simple stripe of colour in the form of a curtain panel. The yellow is a perfect complement to the cool blues and the sun turns the volume up via the natural brightness that passes through. Glorious.
Paint is the obvious way to add colour, but with extensive palettes and bespoke mixing technology, how do you begin to pick a shade? The cue here was taken from the radiator. Pale pink is a bold choice and so refreshing over the sea of expected whites and greys. If you were to make the same bold move, you wouldn’t want it to fade into a pale background. This jewel blue makes the pale pink sing and shows daring without being too serious. And, love it or hate it, it’s worthy of a cheer.
Giving new life to a vintage piece of furniture is a satisfying way to make it your own. Imagine the foreboding of this cabinet in its original form and it might not be to your taste. A bit of restoration has reinvented this home office staple and taken it from behemoth to bright spark with serious personality. Picking from the tiny pops of yellow in the blind fabric and globe makes the colour choice understatedly obvious.
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Get attention while trying to maintain your privacy with a window treatment that will have neighbours desperate for a peak inside. These fuchsia Perspex panels add maximum decorative impact, here projecting the ethos of the mystical Asian interiors to the outside world. The colour play is not only vibrant, but will change as the natural light and seasonal brightness does while still maintaining a brilliant jewelled effect.
Paint once again comes into play to brighten up a space, but this time on an unexpected piece of furniture. This neutral contemporary hallway is functional in its task of maintaining the through traffic in a busy home. The durable sisal flooring and light-reflecting white walls may be bright, but might also say ‘ordinary’ if you aren’t careful. Stop that chance by adding a decorative table painted in glossy colour.
Nothing has the potential to be more bland than a bathroom suite. Expensive options push the boat out on the design and colour stakes, but for those on a budget, options rarely veer from white. Find a new way with colour in your bathroom via a flooring option that is durable, playful and punchy. These rubber tiles come in dozens of colours and are flexible enough to take on adding wall to wall vibrancy. Using them on a bath panel is an unexpected stroke of brilliance.