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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Get their look: Vibrant patio garden

Pink vibrant patio gardencredit

This vibrant patio garden may be pink, but don’t think it’s all girlie – there’s a fabulous BBQ installed which would please the most manly of grill masters!

The design makes great use of limited space with numerous spots to sit and separate cooking and dining areas. Again, space is used to the maximum by incorporating the vertical in the planting scheme.

To complete the look, the garden is almost completely white-washed to expand and bounce light around the enclosure. The pink of the seating is picked up in the choice of flowering plants.

  1. Handmade patchwork cushion
  2. Pink floral print cushion cover
  3. The Original Chaise indoor/outdoor beanbag
  4. Gardman Hampton candle lanterns (55cm tall)
  5. Napoleon LE 485 BBQ with side burner
  6. Re-Trouvé outdoor chair by Patricia Urquiola
  7. Re-Trouvé outdoor dining table by Patricia Urquiola

Get their look: Vibrant patio garden | H is for Home

Get their look: Dramatic bedroom

Dramatic bedroom with deep purple painted walls with orange & purple geometric painted featurecredit

We’ve chosen a dramatic bedroom space for this week’s Get their look post.

The bold colour scheme and geometric lines immediately grab your attention. They’re attained through both painted wall pattern and furniture form – with an off centre ceiling light adding a further twist.

The hard-edged patterns are softened by flowers, oriental floor rug and very comfortable looking bed with its cushions and woollen throw.

It’s a very interesting and clever design when you take it all in.

  1. Rope lampshade
  2. Blur palette from Dulux Colour forecast 2013
  3. Kartell Componibili circular storage unit, 2-tier, white
  4. Link Easy Chair armchair, by Tom Dixon
  5. Cream waffle throw
  6. Red side table
  7. PERSISK MIX oriental rug, low pile, handmade

Get their look: Dramatic bedroom | H is for Home

Home Tones: Successful Colour Combos

Cobalt and plum painted sitting roomcredit

We feel our ‘Home Tones‘ series has run its course for the time being, so the final instalment today is Successful Colour Combos – a celebration of the myriad of colours we’ve seen over recent months. Here we’re showing how you can use complementary or contrasting colours to great effect in your home décor. There are some fabulous examples for this final hoorah – hope you enjoy the bold, eye-catching and creative interior spaces that we’ve chosen.

Colourful open plan living spacecredit

Bright entrance with daffodil yellow painted front doorcredit

Cosy sitting room decorated in jewel colourscredit

Kitchen cabinets in different shades of bluecredit

Mustard tiled bathroom with blue-green towelscredit

Lime & raspberry decorated sitting roomcredit

Sitting room with mustard coloured walls and sofascredit

Home Tones: Ombré

Pink ombré bedroom wallcredit

Ombré literally means ‘shade’ in French. It’s the graduation of light to dark (and sometimes, back again) of colour. Think sunrise and sunset and the colours of the rainbow. It’s a very ‘on trend’ fashion in hair, nail art, cake decorating… and décor.

If you fancy using the effect in your home, the most obvious application is in the painting of walls. It looks easy to do, but it’s hard to perfect the subtle, imperceptible colour changes. As well as painting walls, you could tackle stair risers, adding a little white or black paint to the pot with each stair.

There are lots of other ways of bringing ombré detailing into your décor. Dip-dye fabric for use in curtains, cushion covers, bedding and upholstery. Lay kitchen and bathroom tiles on walls and even floors; it’s particularly effective if you use small mosaics.

We particularly like the bottom but one image below of shelves of books arranged according to their colour – I don’t think I’d be able to find particular titles if we did this with our books though!

Grey ombré shel recessescredit

Green ombré garden roomcredit

Ombré mosaic tiles bathroomcredit

Yellow ombré wood effect wallpapercredit

Blue ombré curtain in a hallwaycredit

Bookshelf with books organised in a rainbow formationcredit

Hallway stairs carpeted in grey ombré tonescredit

Home Tones: Racing Green

Racing green bookshelvescredit

Racing green is a quintessential British colour. It’s the colour of rubber Wellington boots and Barbour jackets. It’s a favoured paint colour of the Land Rover, Jaguar, Mini and the vintage Morris Minor.

In houses, it’s a great transition colour for bringing the outside in and vice versa. It works well with other shades of green, yellows and various wood tones – and when contrasted against shades of cream & white.

Racing green coloured floor to ceiling folding doors out on to a gardencredit

Racing green coloured conservatorycredit

Vignette in front of a racing green painted wallcredit

Bay window painted in racing greencredit

Coastal house painted racing green & whitecredit

Boy's bedroom decorated in shades of blue with racing green bed headcredit

Built-in kitchen with racing green coloured shelf alcovecredit

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