Before you jump in with both feet and begin to add colour to your home, you should change the way you think about colour. If you usually decorate your home with all-white or cream colours, or even pale browns and greys, you’re already contributing to the impact of your living room and purposefully creating an atmosphere that is guided by colour, and by adding more varied and bolder colours you can turn your home into much more, without sacrificing your personality and individual style. Consider these tips to help you become more comfortable with colour and how you can introduce it to your home without overwhelming yourself or your interior design:
Test the waters
Before you splash neon colours across all four walls, assess how you feel about having colours in your home. In the first instance, choose muted tones and pastels of any shade. If you’re building up the courage to create a bright pink fuchsia wall, try introducing pink pastels to your home in the beginning, which you update for a bolder shade in a few months once you’re sure that you can commit to shades more adventurous than cream and white.
Understand the difference between cool and warm colours, and work with cool and warm tones to find the perfect balance. Warm colours - like pinks, reds, oranges and yellows - will surround and excite you, whilst cool colours - like purples, blues and greens - will calm and soothe you, and are probably less daunting for you if you tend to stay away from brights. If the atmosphere in your room doesn’t feel quite right, try to swap a purple or blue feature with a warmer colour to find the middle ground you’re aiming for. We sometimes stay away from colours that we were taught can ‘clash’, but you can forget about this and break the rules if you want breath-taking colour in your home.
To make your new colours even more charming and your room instantly more visually appealing, add colour to unusual places. Instead of adding colour in traditional methods, such as cushions and flowers, think outside of the box and add colour to an odd dining chair, a bookshelf, or a door. Adding colour to unique places maximises the impact that the colour has on the room, so that you don’t have to add as much colour to create the same aesthetic effect.
Start small; think big
Even if it’s just changing your door handles from white to gold, start by updating smaller items in your home to add very subtle colour accents, which you can build on. If you start with buttons, candleholders and coasters, you can add brighter cushions, curtains, and ornaments as your tastes change. Playing with smaller features is easier on your time and your purse, and is a fantastic opportunity to see what works for you and what doesn’t.