Colour is a hugely powerful tool in creating the overall look and feel of your room, and it can transform a space in no time. It’s also something many people are afraid of, which puts them off experimenting.
Getting started with colour
Colour is subjective. Most of us are able to name a favourite colour, even perhaps a favourite shade, and that is a good place to start with your decorating. It doesn’t matter what the current trends are, because when it comes to decorating your living space, the only thing that’s important is what feels right to you. The same goes for colour ‘rules’ - if it doesn’t suit what you like, ignore it. Things like “blue and green should never be seen” are a bit outdated now, anyway.
The colour wheel
Choosing a mix of colours is a good start, and one dark, one light and one bright generally works well. Choose colours that are adjacent to each other on the wheel, or on opposite sides. Selecting random colours from the wheel is not so pleasing to the eye, and is not likely to work. Varying the hues of each colour will not only makes it easier to accessorise your scheme, but it will stop it from becoming too disorganised and chaotic. Mixing patterns is possible, but it is harder to carry off. You might prefer several tones and shades of the same colour, or maybe whites and greys with a bright contrasting colour like a fuschia pink or cobalt blue.
There’s no need to stick to the same scheme in each room, though you might find the whole house flows better if there are some elements that remain constant, such as a carpet that runs through each room. Alternatively, pick a dominant colour from one room, such as a feature wall, and use it as an accent for the next.
For each room you plan to decorate, consider what the space will be used for and by whom. Creating a mood board will give you a good sense of how colours and textures will work together, so don’t be afraid to spend a little time gathering paint samples or swatches of material. List the positives and negatives of each room, such as any period features, or a lack of natural light.
Light the way
Light has a great ability to affect the mood of a room, and it will change, both during the course of the day and over the year, as the position of the sun changes. Light will be reflected by the colours in your room and can have a fantastic impact. Spend time looking at how the light changes during the day, and where it falls, as that will help you position furniture. Consider where to put artificial light, using either table lamps or built in fixtures.
Start with a base scheme and build on it. Of course, if you use a neutral palette to start with, you can changes accent colours far more regularly, with the seasons or for special occasions like Christmas. Nothing is permanent though, so if you change your mind in the future, there is nothing to stop you from starting again.
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