How to add a splash of colour to your home

June 15, 2015

Colour brings life to a space: colour expresses character and personal style. Mastering colour, however, is a skill all on its own – colour is visually powerful so it must be used correctly.

I find the easiest way to add colour to a room is to start with a neutral colour and add accents that compliment the neutral – which could include an accent wall, accent pillows, an accent throw, or even an accent piece of furniture, like a lounge chair. As seen below, by using a neutral dark grey with a yellow throw, we are able to add visual interest to the room using colour without overpowering the space. The dark grey actually makes this deep yellow pop, similarly, the yellow adds contrast to they grey – so the relationship between these two colours is perfectly balanced.


Pictured below is another example of pairing a neutral, like beige, with an accent – in this case, red. The red brings passion and energy into this living room while the beige remains the grounding and calming colour. In this way, they perfectly compliment each other. Here, red pillows, a red throw, and a perfectly matching red accent wall ties this room together.


Similarly, the photo above features neutral greys in various shades with a pop of green accents. The vibrant green and relaxing grey nicely compliment each other.

Another great way to add colour to a room is to choose a piece of art that you adore and pull a colour from the art. In the space pictured below, the deep, rich, aqua blue is pulled from the artwork centered over the bed and used on all walls of the master bedroom. This use of colour is plush; it truly makes a statement in a room. Notice that when selecting the finishing touches like furniture, window treatments, and linens, it’s best to stick to neutrals, like the white linens and browns pictured below, which can also be found within the art.


Children’s bedrooms are a great space to use colour in, as they are naturally youthful and playful. Below is another example of a room where we pulled a base colour from the art above the bed, and used the light feather blue across all walls. We also pulled the idea of the sort of ombré of blue created by the waves in the water and reflected this wave within the pattern on the throw and pillows. This creates a monochromatic colour scheme within the room, meaning that we see a range of shades and tints of the same hue. It’s easy to achieve a monochromatic colour scheme within a room by choosing a colour that you love and simply choose shades that are lighter or darker than that same colour. Monochromatic colour schemes are easy on the eyes and create a harmonious, natural transition between light and dark within a room.


Of course, it’s more than possible to use more than one colour to create a dynamic and beautiful space. Below, we paired a light chartreuse with a deep purple. These colours pair well together because of the contrast they create when placed adjacent to each other. The purple is highly saturated while the chartreuse remains fairly light, which creates harmony when the two are place beside each other.


All in all, I believe colour is an integral design element for every space: it creates harmony, sets mood and tone, and establishes visual hierarchy. Whether you choose to incorporate a colour with small accents, or paint all the walls within a room with a vibrant hue – the key when working with colour is to find balance within the selection of colours.


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