Using Colour In The Home

by Alison Broinowski

Using Colour in The Home 

White and black 

A great base for any room; white has the ability to make small spaces look larger. 

Being clean and simple, white is the perfect colour to build upon a room, can suit every space and is easy to update when adding another colour to refresh. 

Quite often, people are afraid of making a space too dark or unwelcoming, but used appropriately, black can make a statement without changing the atmosphere. Paired with the correct colours and textures, black can create an elegant setting by adding drama to a room. 

Neutrals, browns and greys

Neutrals and browns are very versatile, can suit either classic or contemporary style and a darker neutral colour can add warmth to a space. 

Grey shades are perfect for adding timeless colour and can feel luxurious and larger. We recommend furnishing a grey room with whites, blues, black or other neutrals. 

Green and blue 

Associated with nature and new life, green is a fabulous colour for the home. From a dark, rich green that works well with wooden tones to muted tones and bold and bright greens, this colour can work well throughout the home. 

Blue shades have calming qualities, can magically make a room feel larger in size and using darker blue tones can show a sophisticated edge. 

Let’s answer some common myths about using colour in the home. 

I can’t use more than two shades of the one colour in the same room..

False. Monochromatic is the definition of using more than one shade of one colour in a space. For a feature wall, we suggest using a light to mid shade, as this assists to make the room feel larger in size. 

The colours in my home should work together..

True. We recommend creating a ‘flow’ to create a coherency in your home. Continuous flooring, wall colours or style of furniture and decor can assist you to achieve a cohesive home. However, you are still able to bring in additional colours in your main areas (flooring and feature wall colours). Then, add interest with the furniture and decor you decide to use. 

Colour shouldn’t be added to a white interior.. 

False. Some people can be ‘afraid’ of colour and to avoid ‘getting it wrong’, they choose to play it safe by not adding colour and result in a clinical interior with no contrast. We recommend researching online stores and images, selecting layouts that interest you and take inspiration from them by adding items you prefer. 

We love using real or artificial plants* inside the home to bring the outside, in and green to work in all interiors. 

*Read our blog post on Still Life to receive ideas about incorporating artificial plants into the home. 

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