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: Serene Viennese apartment

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This wonderfully serene Viennese apartment is the home of Svenja, a 20-something interiors & lifestyle blogger. She blogs at traumzuhause which translates from German as ‘dream home’.

The brilliant white painted walls, ceiling, door, window frames and up-lighter give a feeling of space and calm. The window is huge and is fitted with an inconspicuous, white roller blind which allows for maximum sunlight to shine through.

The lofty ceiling means that the long statement pendant light fitting has the necessary room to be admired to the max. The beautiful herringbone wooden floor is softened with light-coloured rugs and the grey,  L-shaped sofa allows for two people to recline in comfort.

We highly recommend you visit her blog where you’ll find lots more inspiring photos of her home.

  1. Ay illuminate ceiling light, hand-woven cotton
  2. Muuto Restore storage basket
  3. Light up message board
  4. Nexus floor lamp, white finish by Nordlux
  5. Duke large side table Ø 90cm
  6. Stelton grey Emma vacuum tea jug
  7. Acapulco lounge chair
  8. Grey sheepskin rug
  9. Coconuts milky white 121 scented candle by Broste Copenhagen
  10. Grey Columbia corner sofa

Get their look: Serene Viennese apartment | H is for Home

Get their look: Storage-ful home studio

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A place for everything and everything in its place. Do you live by that adage – or would you like to? If so, you’ll love this storage-ful home studio. Just look at all those banks of cupboards! The owner has achieved a lovely balance of storage and display. In addition to things being hidden away, there are also lots of items easily to hand… and many interesting decorative pieces on display. It has an uncluttered feel, yet it’s far from being a sparse, featureless space.

  1. Zodax gold reaching hand sculpture
  2. Nuevo Living HGML2 dome large pendant light
  3. ‘something to say’ by Sara Hicks Malone
  4. ‘Abstract Layers 1’ by Kelly Nasuta
  5. Kalpana Kilim rug
  6. Vega Dining Table by Nuevo
  7. Stilnovo FB7419WHEAT Pella armchair, wheat wool blend
  8. Threshold™ storage drum accent table gold
  9. Modmade MM-PC-077-Black+Black Jaden Chair

Get their look: Storage-ful home studio | H is for Home

How to achieve an industrial style in your home

Tripod search light beside a cast iron spiral staircaseAvailable at Lampandlight.co.uk

Industrial style is a genre that we love! It draws its inspiration from factory and work spaces. It’s is a look with striking accents without the fuss. Features to be found in this type of interior include factory furniture, large lamps, enamel light shades, sturdy iron staircases, practical metal cabinets and bare brick walls.

The basis for any industrial style starts with simplicity; think cool, natural colours such as black, white, grey, army green and brown. Materials such as concrete and stone fit perfectly in an industrial-styled interior and create a more functional, utilitarian space.

Collection of industrial style hexagonal table lampsAvailable at Lampandlight.co.uk

Anything considered natural or rustic  can complement an industrial-style space. Cast iron, leather, brick and wood would all be suitable. Juxtapose the different elements – a stainless steel dining table against a rough brick wall, a reclaimed wooden kitchen worktop with a concrete splash back or stone flooring with a large, worn leather armchair. Bringing these colours and materials together delivers an exciting and stylish place.

When it comes to pulling this style together, aim for a more Spartan  look. You really can’t go wrong with this, it’s simple and minimal.

Bare brick walls, exposed pipes or wooden beams are the starting point of an industrial space. Not every house can boast rough-hewn brick walls; fake it with textured wallpapers that can imitate the appearance you desire.

Eye-catching, statement pieces of furniture bring together the overall effect. Perhaps a large well-worn Chesterfield leather sofa or a dining table constructed from used scaffolding boards. Remember, the furniture shouldn’t look pristine; the more weathered, battered and patinated the better!

Industrial style copper cage pendant light fittingAvailable at Lampandlight.co.uk

Complete the transformation with industrial lighting. Picture large, robust lights such as factory lamps hanging from the ceiling – these are instant statement makers. Enamel or brushed metal lamps suspended with chain or thick rope cables are perfect within an industrial-styled interior.

Complement and contrast with the lamps using beautiful and decorative LED filament bulbs, these bulbs are not only energy efficient but they also have a longer life span… and are really on trend at the moment.

Hard surfaces and clean lines will dominate, so perhaps soften spaces with rugs and textiles – or introduce a bit of natural life with indoor plants or fresh flowers.

With all of these tips you can’t go wrong when it comes to creating an industrial style and décor! Once again remember, less is more – and be daring and bold.

Get their look: Music lover’s living room

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This music lover’s living room belongs to Silvy – a London-based Italian architect, interiors buff and blogger.

Lots of windows fitted with white Venetian blinds allow diffused light to stream through. High street staples such as the Habitat coffee table are teamed design classics such as a set of Panton chairs and PH 5 pendant light.

The overall feel is airy, bright, relaxed and comfortable.

  1. PHALAENOPSIS orchid
  2. Poul Henningsen PH 5 pendant light
  3. Orchid high pot cover
  4. White Panton chair
  5. KENSTAL white long coffee table
  6. Lucido extending dining table
  7. Mayne sofa bed

Get their look: Music lover's living room | H is for Home

Get their look: Open-plan kitchen diner lounge

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This spacious open-plan kitchen diner lounge looks comfortable and homely. The practical cork flooring laid throughout elongates the room and brings the space together. It’s warm underfoot, softens noise, is easy to clean and is a natural and sustainable product.

We really love the ingenious use of lengths of different types of wood used to clad the kitchen wall. A simple, affordable and eye-catching feature. The vintage leather trunk has been converted into a smart coffee table – and is, no doubt, used as useful storage too.

  1. Searchlight Lighting single light ceiling pendant in satin silver finish with clear acrylic diffuser
  2. Owalo 7000 pendant lamp
  3. Blonde rattan dining chair
  4. Dash of Soot – No 244
  5. Arco floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
  6. Studio cork flooring
  7. Seville modular seating
  8. Vintage leather canvas steamer trunk
  9. Hyatt – Radcliffe industrial dining table

Get their look: Open-plan kitchen diner lounge | H is for Home