How to use Colour

Although there are a myriad of decorating styles and techniques, when it comes to colour choice and Interior design, there are no hard and fast rules, it’s about what you feel comfortable with, and your vision for your home. Below are a few useful interior design tips and techniques for you to consider when decorating:

Whether with paint or wallpaper, there are three popular ways of decorating:

COLOURED WALLS AND WHITE WOODWORK

A traditional style is to apply one colour to the walls and a white gloss on the woodwork.

Visually this is a very clean look, but it can sometimes appear harsh depending on the contrast between colours. To soften the contrast choose an empathetic companion colour for the ceiling. This will make the contrast more gradual, and as a result the room will look surprisingly spacious.

LIGHT WALLS AND DARKER WOODWORK

A marvellous way to create light and space is to use the lightest colour on the largest surface area, such as the walls, and a darker tone on woodwork.

This works well if you are using a neutral scheme, and gives a more ‘decorated’ feel.

The use of a dark colour on skirting boards, not only makes the walls appear lighter in contrast, but it also creates a strong contemporary aesthetic, making everything above feel elongated and lighter in contrast.

ONE COLOUR USED ON WALLS AND WOODWORK

There is great historic precedent for using one colour on both walls and woodwork and it is also popular in contemporary settings as it creates a strong, clean look.

It generates a sense of calm in a room, as well as exaggerating its size, as there are no contrasts to draw the eye.

CHOOSING COMPLEMENTARY WHITES

When it comes to choosing white it’s really important to choose a white that complements the other colours in the scheme to prevent them from jarring.

HOW TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF MORE SPACE

Costly extensions and architects aside, colour can be used to alter the shape of a room. When planning your colour scheme remember that a darker wall colour will bring it towards you, whereas a lighter colour creates the illusion it’s further away.

You can also prevent narrow hallways from appearing ‘tunnel like’ by painting the end wall a darker shade than the side walls. The same principle works within a rectangular room that you’d like to make appear squarer.

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