No better time than now to put together the technicolour dream pad you’ve always wanted.
When used correctly, colour can transform a space or even your experience of a space. It can enhance your emotions and feelings of health and wellbeing, make a space feel larger or cozier, and even change your impression of a room’s temperature.
Yet, one of the perennial challenges when it comes to putting together a colour palette that works is determining which colours look good together and which will clash. Here are some tips to help you get started.
First, decide if you want to go for something warm or something cool to set the tone for your room. Keep in mind that there are warm and cool sides to every colour (for example, warm blues or cool pinks). When in doubt, use a colour scheme generator (there are many available online for free) that will help you better visualise your colour palette.
Another trick interior designers use is to play with patterns and textures to introduce stronger colours into a room. This creates a statement and makes a room visually interesting while not over-loading the eyes with too many colours.
If you are still unsure about mixing and matching colours, play with gradient. Single colour rooms are very in-trend at the moment and are relatively foolproof to achieve. They also give rooms a serene and calming effect as the eye can move around the space without interruption. To do this, choose varying saturations and tint levels of just one colour for most of the room. You can then add an accent piece in a complementary or contrasting colour if you’re feeling adventurous!
COLOUR TRENDS FOR 2016
Primary Colours: White and Navy Blue
Accent Colour: Champagne Gold
One of the simplest ways to combine colours is to combine white with a bold colour and an accent colour. A pale champagne gold lends a regal elegance to this modern take on the classic black and white palette.
Primary Colours: Milky Blue and Grey
Accent Colours: Brass or Forest Green
Serene and sophisticated, these colours bring to mind the feel of aristocratic European country houses. They are also wonderfully neutral and easy to work with. Begin by filling most of your space (walls, floors and large furniture) with varying tints and textures of your chosen primary colours.
Primary Colours: Teal, Rainforest Green, Stone Grey
Accent Colour: Coral or Fuchsia
Tropical does not have to mean clashing bright colours. Choose deep lux colours that emulate nature — the colour of the rainforest, the ocean, or granite cliffs — then introduce splashes of colour inspired by tropical flowers.