Using Colour to Enrich a Space
The floor is one of the largest surface areas in any room and its finish, texture and tone will have a dramatic effect on the way your wall colour translates.
Colour has the power to influence the way a space feels and a new lick of paint is often the easiest way to transform the energy of your home. That being said, implementing an entirely new colour palette can be overwhelming. To ensure that you don’t end up with a serious case of colour regret, here is our guide on how to choose the perfect colours for your home.
Work from the ground up. The floor is one of the largest surface areas in any room and its finish, texture and tone will have a dramatic effect on the way your wall colour translates. Next, start looking at the proportions of the room. Want a small, cramped space to appear larger? Light colours on the walls, ceiling and even the floor will reflect light and create the illusion of having more space. Using warm, earthy tones and dark feature walls will help to make spaces feel cosy and inviting.
Feature walls are a great way to get creative with colour without having to commit to bold, bright tones enveloping a space. To achieve this, first select the wall you would like to accent; often this will be the wall at the head of the bed or above a fireplace. When it comes to the rest of the room, a lighter shade of the same colour or a neutral will tie in wonderfully. Feature walls create interest in any room and act as a fantastic starting point for any art and décor you might want to add to the space.
“Feature walls create interest in any room and act as a fantastic starting point for any art and décor you might want to add to the space.”
It is important to remember the outside of your home too. Neutrals tend to work best for large, exposed surfaces as they blend into the streetscape and aren’t as quick to age. The right combination of neutrals with contrasting light and dark accents will keep your home looking modern and fresh.
When it comes to deciding exactly which colours to select, bare in mind that colour harbours the ability to influence mood. They can calm, stimulate, invigorate or energise us. White is always a classic, timeless place to start, and depending on what shade you choose, it can be chic and modern too. Whites can be cool or warm, ranging from blue or white undertones and can offer a sense of calm and serenity at the end of a long day. The grey colour family offers equally ageless and practical qualities, but can also add an additional layer of depth to any room. A fantastic background colour, greys bring other colours to life and work seamlessly with all tints and tones.