Home tones: blending multiple colours

Paint colour charts

No matter where you live, it’s crucial to make sure that your home feels comfortable and welcoming. Whether you’re living in a cosy little place that’s short on space but big in personality, or you’re trying to make it work with a one-bedroomed apartment, there are plenty of ways to add something special to your home with some careful interior decorating.

When it comes to home decorating, we often approach our projects from a range of different angles, choosing colours and objects that appeal to our personal tastes or create specific emotions. However, the way that you blend multiple colours throughout a home can have a huge impact on your interior atmosphere. Here, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can blend colours effectively to have the best interior design results.

Bright yellow armchair in a wood panelled room

Use bright colours to create space

Many people assume that the best way to create space in a small room is by using a lot of white – but this might not be the answer. Whether you’re making the most out of a tiny bathroom or living room, consider using vibrant colours such as yellows and blues to add space to your home. Just try to make sure that the hues you choose aren’t too dark. The idea should be to stick with bright, pastel-based colours instead.

Rose pink & grey sofa and cushions

Add depth to a room with complex colours

If you want an interior design that has plenty of depth and meaning, then make sure that you use a range of colours that deliver a deeper atmosphere. Rather than going for bright primary colours or simple hues, consider eggshell whites and dusty pinks – the kind of colours that evoke emotions and bring certain situations to mind. You can even use colours from your past in certain rooms to remind you of fond memories. For instance, if you had yellow in your kitchen as a child, you might choose to decorate your new kitchen with yellow accents.

Colourful folding shutters in shades of blue & green

Provide splashes of colour with shutters

Most people add colour to otherwise bland rooms with paintings, throws and rugs, but it’s important to remember that you can have an equally powerful effect by installing coloured full-height shutters. Not only will these shutters help you to control the amount of light and noise that enters your home, but you’ll also be able to add bright splashes of your favourite hues without worrying about a pattern becoming too overwhelming.

Yellow upholstered desk chair

Use relaxing colours to help you unwind

Though it can sometimes be tempting to use dark and seductive colours in the bedroom, such as red and purple, it’s important to remember that these colours can generate appetites and raise your blood pressure. Instead, you should be opting for colours that prompt relaxation. In bathrooms and bedrooms, stick to cooler colours such as blues and soft greens to help provide a calming atmosphere at the time when you need it most. Remember, the darker the shade you choose, the more significant the impact will be. To avoid going too far with colour, it may be helpful to choose one feature wall and keep the rest in soft shades.

Green bathroom wall

Choose flattering colours in the bathroom

If you know a colour that suits you particularly well, then that’s usually the one that you should choose for your bathroom decoration. The bathroom is where a lot of people go to check themselves out, do their make-up, or sort out their hair for a big night, so you want to make sure that your bathroom makes you feel as confident as possible. Try mixing numerous colours that blend well together, such as soft greens and darker forest colours.

Green and yellow patterned cushions

Encourage optimism with yellows and oranges

Finally, if you struggle to find your optimism from time to time, why not introduce some brighter colours around the home that could help to keep you smiling? Yellow and orange can promote optimism, and they’re perfect for use in a sun room or an enclosed front porch. When used towards the entrance of the home, yellow and bright-coloured paints can help to give you an extra dose of optimism before you tackle the day ahead.

Bedroom/study with bright orange wall

Choosing colour for decoration

When it comes to decorating, we frequently find ourselves choosing favourite colours and hues without thinking about the impact that these shades might have on our emotions. Thinking carefully about the way that you blend colours throughout your house could not only add extra depth to your decorating efforts but also ensure that you have better control over your day-to-day emotions.

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  • Alica

    I have never liked white decor and have always chosen cream as my accent colour and I do love my bright pastels! 🙂

  • jennhaden3

    I’ve always loved to mix whites with pastel shades, I guess for a shabby chic type look x 🙂

  • Tracey Peach

    I love to decorate my home in natural tones browns, creams, greys would love a stone floor in my kitchen 🙂 x

  • Annabel Greaves

    I love naturals like cream and brown tones

  • Liz Marshall

    I use blue colours in our very white bathroom to tone it down a bit. Purple and reds in the living room and pale greens in the dining room to make it lovely and tranquil.

  • Sheena Batey

    I like pastel shades and light colours to make rooms seem bright, bigger and full of sunlight

  • Emma

    I tend to go for neutral tones.

  • Pete Cleasby

    cream and terracotta

  • jo liddement

    I loves blues and love adding reds for contrast in my home

  • AJSMIDNIGHT89

    I’m obsessed with grey, I love the colour and how it blends with bright colours and pastels, giving rooms completley different atmospheres.

  • Katie Simmonds

    I like different colours for different rooms. Currently our living room is natural colours – greens, browns, creams. Our bedroom is teal and brown. Our hall and landing is red and cream!

  • Claire Simpson

    I love teal and grey together x

  • Fiona

    I like a light room so I choose white with mirrored panels

  • Heather Haigh

    I like a background of neutrals like stone, cream, or white then splashes of colour like bright purple, lime green, ruby red.

  • Carole

    I like neutral colours, creams, browns

  • Jo Carroll

    I tend to go with soft pastels to create a warm, relaxed feeling at home…nothing to bold or garish.

  • Deborah Sheppard

    I love to mix and match red, white, black and grey

  • Rachel Butterworth

    I like autumnal colours like moss green, mustard and burnt orange tones.

  • Sassie Clarke

    Yellow, Black and White

  • Jayne Townson

    I love using a calming blue in my home as I find it a very relaxing colour.