I’ve always been a little afraid of colour, and as a result I’ve often gravitated to neutral colours and subdued shades for my home, which coincidentally seems to be the trend in the interior design community as of late. It’s easy to love colourful things like a bouquet of flowers, or a bold piece of art, but living with a bright coloured room can be difficult, and there is often so much that can go wrong when pairing bright hues together. Here are a few rooms that pull off bright and bold while remaining entirely livable, as well as a few tips on adding colour to your existing decor.
Sea of Blue
A floor to ceiling blue-room could easily be too much, but by adding an analogous colour (in this case green) it stays dramatic, not overwhelming. The addition of a patterned wall hanging in this room also serves to give the eye something to focus on.
Balancing vibrant bursts of orange with a crisp white makes this bedroom energetic but also peaceful. I also love the sense of fun that comes with the orange light fixture.
Picking two complimentary colours to base a room around is a designer’s trick that guarantees harmonious results. This living room’s colour scheme of violet and golden yellow is simultaneously regal and playful.
Keeping it Neutral
Here, a robin’s egg blue wall is subdued by shades of brown and tan. This is a good idea if you want your room to be natural and calming, but still want to experiment with colour.
Pink can very quickly start looking “Barbie dream home” if it’s applied too liberally. I think this homeowner has added enough edge in the sculptural light fixture, fur-draped seats and white floors to keep it chic and not too girly.
Tips for Adding Colour to Your Home
Tip #1 A colour wheel is your best friend. When trying to decide on a colour scheme for your home you can pick up a colour wheel at most paint stores, at your local art supply store or you can find one online. A quick spin will tell you which colours are complimentary.
Tip #2 Use neutrals to ground a brightly coloured wall or floor.
Tip #3 Use patterned textiles to add colour to an otherwise plain room. A cushion cover or a bold accent chair is easy to change if you get tired of it.
Tip #4 Set the Mood. Pick colours that suit the mood you want the room to have. Feng Shui can be used to assess which colours will have the desired effect. HGTV has a basic but helpful rundown of how to use colour Feng Shui in your home that can be found here.