Adding colour to your home can totally transform the look and feel of the space. At the heart of any home is the living room, and decorating this room can be a tricky task if you’re not completely sure of what you want to achieve. It’s a good idea to carry out research and find inspiration to make your direction clearer.
Introducing colour can be a creative and exciting experience, but if you’re not sure where to start, why don’t you take a look at my favourite tips below:
Think carefully about what colours appeal to you; do you like bright bold colours, or subtle pastel shades. Remember, you’re going to be looking at these colours every day, so they need to be something that will endure the test of time and not start annoying you!
Bear in mind that most paint colours will look different once you start putting them onto your walls, so it’s always worth getting a tester pot and painting a small patch, to see the true colour.
Ok, so black and white aren’t technically colours, but this choice of using tones together creates an elegant and timeless look. Mixing cream, grey, and graphite together, with black accents works really well in a living room and is an easy technique to achieve. This particularly suits a modern or Art Deco look. Also, try including a small splash of bold colour as it will really pop against the black and white tones.
This technique results in a colour scheme that blends well and is very calming and ordered. If you’re not sure how to achieve this look, you can get inspiration from paint colour swatches. Choose a colour, let’s say blue,and for the tonal range you might have; pale sky blue, bright cyan, navy blue and blue-black. This concept works really well with another neutral colour added in to break up the brighter colours, such as white, or grey.
For this look, choose colours which lie next to each other on the colour wheel. Why not chose your favourite colour, then add the colours either side of it? So, if your favourite colour is pink, you might choose a lilac and raspberry colour for your colour scheme. This works best if you stick to a few colours to maintain the colour balance, rather than a rainbow of different pinks and purples.
Not for the faint hearted, this technique achieves combinations that make a bold statement. This is achieved by choosing colours that are opposites on the colour wheel. Placing these two opposites together makes the colours look more vibrant and intense. An example of this would be combining red and green into your colour scheme, or purple and yellow. The results can be dramatic and powerful. If you’re cautious about colour, then you can choose bright accessories and more neutral paint colours, so you have more flexibility.
If you’re not sure what colours will work well together, learning a bit about colour theory will be extremely beneficial. There are plenty of websites where you can find out about the colour wheel and complementary colours, which is a great place to start.
Another source of colour inspiration can be a piece of furniture, or fabric. The printed pattern on your sofa may be a great way of choosing your colour palette, or helping you find a complimentary colour that will work with it. For example, if you have a lovely chesterfield sofa, maybe from www.thechesterfieldcompany.com, the rich red or warm brown colour would be complemented by a light blue. For examples of how this works when decorating a room, the Apartment Therapy blog has a great post on this very subject.