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How to Use Colour in Your Home
Colour can open up a space and impact on our mood. It is a vital component in the interior design scheme of your home.
Get it right, and all is well. Get it wrong, and it can affect the whole feel of a room.
Introducing colour can make us nervous. If you have always relied on Magnolia, now is the time to be bold and grab colour with two hands. And here’s how:
If you are unsure about how the colour will work in the space or room, start small. Use it in another area of your home to see how it grabs attention. Paint under the stairs or a feature wall in the bathroom: how does the light affect the overall impact of the colour?
What mood do you want to create in a space?
The colour on the walls and furnishings create the atmosphere in a room. Thus, you need to decide what mood you want to create.
The colour wheel separates colours into warm and colour colours;
- if you want a calm, peaceful mood in the bedroom, choose more muted shades and colours that would be classed as ‘cool’ e.g. blues and greens
- if you want to create a sociable space, you need stronger colours such as those described as warm such reds, oranges and yellows.
- Active, exciting energy is created with active, exciting colours that have a strong and bright hue to them. Consider vibrant pinks and crimson reds, or sunshine yellows and dramatic blues.
Lighting impacts on colour
When you choose a paint off the shelf, the likelihood is the shop is well-lit. This means the grey looks lighter than you think it is, or maybe you don’t see the underlying mauve tone in it. But as soon as you paint your walls, you see it is pinker than you thought… or darker than you thought… or too light.
The type of electrical lighting will also impact on your perception of the colour:
- Natural daylight shows the truest colour
- Incandescent light brings our warm tones well, especially yellow tones
- Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone
A dramatic colour, such as navy or a mossy green, may be too much on all walls, but on a wall opposite a large window, it could make the perfect accent colour.
Add depth with accessories
Once you have your painted walls in your chosen colours, you need to lift the room, preventing it from looking too flat or matte.
This means accessorising the space. Most interior designers stick with the ‘two major colours, and a third as an accent’ rule and you should too. It is the easiest way to create a cohesive feel to a space.
Use soft furnishings, such as cushions and rugs to add a third colour. If you are feeling confident, use various shades of the third colour to add depth to the space.