Want to get more confident in putting colours together and start experimenting with them, even if it’s just adding little splashes of it?
If so, I got you covered!
I’ve listed below my 5 top tips for working with colour.
They’re the same tips I shared with the readers of Reloved Magazine in our house’s feature earlier this month.
If you haven’t seen the feature yet… here’s a short video! 😉
These tips are short and sweet and super easy to start implementing them!
1. Choose a mood
Before you decide on any colour for your home, make sure you understand what your room needs and how you want it to feel, as colours have the power to evoke emotions and sensations.
Also always test the colour (especially paint and wallpapers) in the space that it will be used, because the way it catches the light can completely transform how the colour looks!
2. Pick two contrasting colours
If you want to create a colourful scheme, but are not sure about how to do it, a good tip is to start with two contrasting colours (colours that are opposite on the colour wheel).
Pick your first colour, then the second colour (like blue and orange for example).
Then decide which one of this colours you would like to feature more because if you use them both in the same proportion, they will fight for attention and cancel each other out!
And then you can start introducing one tone at the time into the mix!
For example: If you choose blue as your first colour and orange as your second one, you can then slowly start introducing, purples and greens! Easy-peasy!
3. Add a little yellow
Add little touches of yellow around your home to bring the sunshine in and lift up the mood of your space! Think lampshades, cushions, a chest of drawers… But use it in small doses as yellow is a bit overwhelming if used in large-scale, plus it is a warm colour what tends to make rooms feeling smaller… so if you are decorating a small room, stay away from yellow walls!
4. Use colour to create or reduce space
You can create or reduce the sense of space with colour, for example:
Dark or bright colours tend to advance.
Lighter or dimmer colour tend to recede.
So you can open up a space if you paint the back wall or the ceiling in a lighter, softer colour.
Or you can make a space more intimate by bringing the walls forward if you paint them in a dark or bright colour.
So as a general rule: Light walls make a room seem larger and
dark walls make a room seem smaller.
5. Don’t be afraid of colour
Don’t be afraid of using colour! Colour is your friend and it can make your space look happier, bigger, brighter, calmer, more sophisticated…
With colour you can make ceilings appear higher, walls come forward or move backwards, hide imperfections, create focal points and lots more!
You really just need to choose how you want your space to look and feel and colour will create a solid base for it to happen!
Hope you enjoyed these tips, and if you would like to learn more about colour and how you can use it to pull together a beautiful scheme for your home… check it out my online course The Design & Bloom Project, where I’ll help you to get clarity and confidently start designing a home that feels like you! Because if you forget about the trends and surround yourself only with what you really love and connects with you, you will be creating a beautiful space full of soul and joy, leaving you feeling relaxed, inspired and most importantly happy! And who doesn’t want to be happy, right?!
See you there!
Images: Alexandra Joseph from ajcreative.style