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How to Match Colour With Your Home

How to Match Colour With Your Home

Redecorating a room in your home is an exciting, albeit sometimes expensive and stressful, enterprise. How do you make the difficult decision to go with one colour over the plethora of colour combinations and standalone options that are presented to you? Committing to a colour scheme that you’ll be happy with in the years to come can be really tough, but with plenty of planning and know-how you’ll be quick to pick up a paintbrush at any given opportunity.

Whether you’re renting or investing on a mortgaged property, we’ve rounded up a few ideas to suit all types of people and the spaces they inhabit.

Lighting

Lighting is a very important factor when considering a colour scheme for a room, both natural and artificial. If the room is flooded with glorious, natural lighting, a crisp white finish is anything but basic when played up with fun accessories dotted around the room. We love a bold, primary tone on an accent wall paired with more muted tones, where the colours really come into their own. If a room has poor natural lighting, it goes without saying that dark colours, such as greys and rich purples unless you prefer a cosier atmosphere.

Artificial lighting is also important to consider. A yellow-white bulb plays beautifully with warmer tones, creating a rich and indulgent atmosphere, whereas a “true white” bulb will create a brighter and fresher look.

Size of The Room

Small rooms can quickly feel claustrophobic and stuffy when painted the wrong colour. The trick to create the illusion of a larger room is to scatter the light. Again, the best way to do this is with a fresh whitewash. If you want to be aggressive with it, don’t just stop at the walls! If you’re going the whole hog, get your hands on some white furniture too! A pale, dove grey is also a great accent to add in to shake things up a bit.

A larger space really leaves the imagination to go wild- an accent wall using large print wallpaper can add comfort to a room that could otherwise be quite clinical if treated the same way as a much smaller room.

Furniture

Consider the furniture that exists in the room already. Unless you’re buying entirely new furniture, think about what you already have- mahogany looks beautiful when paired with olive greens, or a deep slate grey, whereas pine furniture shines against backdrops of warm reds, as well as earthy greens, or deep purples. Black and white furniture once again proves to be the most versatile, and look particularly stunning and modern with a monochromatic palette.

Colour of Flooring

Whether laminate or carpet, the likelihood is that unless you’ve got money to burn, you’re sticking with what you’ve got. So, the best way is to work with it, not against it. Unless you settled on something as garish as fuchsia pink shag, you can make it work with almost anything. A laminate floor (or bare floorboards if you’re very lucky!) is a brilliant blank canvas to allow you to flirt with some more fun ideas. A coloured carpet can work too- look at complimentary colour charts readily available to you in your local DIY store, and utilise those.

Create a Pinterest Board

Pinterest has become a haven of creative ideas and crafting enthusiasts alike, constantly churning up some quirks and more conservative ideas depending on your keyword search. Many of these posts are linked to blogs on external websites, often with many more options for you to choose from! You can save your ideas to your own specific boards to save for later, and even find hacks to make things for yourself at home if the pennies are a little tight. While this app really is a hive mind of unique designs; it brings us to our final and perhaps most important point…

Individual Personality

Finally, consider whether you as an individual like the colour scheme! Grabbing ideas off Pinterest and similar sites are fantastic for ideas, but they should be exactly that: ideas. If you’ve never really lent towards purple before now, perhaps plastering the walls a deep plum is an accident waiting to happen.

It seems obvious, but it can be easy to get carried away with generic images of ideas online- all perfectly lit, with plenty of editing techniques thrown in there for good measure. But you need to consider the most important thing of all, and that’s whether you’ll be able to bear to look at it in a few weeks’ time after all of the sweat and tears overhauling the room.

Overall, when decorating, considering your own personal tastes, the space available to you and the potential that the room has are all vital components of creating home that truly feels like it’s yours. A great way to ensure you’re getting the correct colour schemes before going crazy with a roller is to purchase small test pots of the colours that you think you may like. Test them on a patch of wall where they can’t be seen, before going the whole hog!

We’re fortunate in the sense that not only do we have a multitude of colour options, they come in a variety of finishes, and a wealth of information in blogs and websites is just a click away. With appropriate planning, you can make your home feel more you!

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Phoebe Skinner

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