Rarely do the words ‘confidence' and ‘colour' go together. No wonder then that most of us tend to play it safe with neutral interiors. But if you yearn for colour and you’re not quite sure how to overcome your fear of making a mistake, here’s 6 foolproof ways to introduce colour to your home’s interior with ease.
1. Let one colour take centre stage
For instance a statement chair in a striking colour will stand out and make a neutral monochromatic room sing!
2. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
Think cushions, throws, curtains, lamps, a rug or artwork – any one of these is a great way to introduce non-permanent colour giving you a get-out-of-jail free card! And they can be cost effective without being labour intensive – gotta love that!
3. Keep it limited
Limit your room’s colour scheme to two to three colours. But what colours you ask? Turn to artwork or a patterned rug and pull from it the colours you like most, basing your scheme on these hues.
4. Get to know your supply stores
Head to an art supply store and purchase a colour wheel. For a small investment, it can be your go-to guide for what colours work well together. For instance, if between two to six colours (and their shades and tints) lie adjacent to each other anywhere on the colour wheel, you can be certain they will look stunning together, will look serene and be pleasantly harmonious. As we all know opposites attract, so if you use colours that lie directly opposite each other on the colour wheel, the result will be a vibrant interior.
5. Don't forget the one rule
When adding colour to your room, remember the 60:30:10 rule – 60% being the dominant colour (walls), 30% being your secondary colour (such as a feature wall, upholstery, carpet) and 10% for accents (cushions, flowers, rugs). You can play around with these percentages and allow for 5% for a wild card – a just for fun surprise element. PS If your soft furnishings are neutral, you can afford to colour your walls. If your accessories are bright and/or patterned, tone your walls down – a quiet pale neutral background allows your accessories to shine.
6. Still unsure?
Amp up your beige and neutrals, opting for deeper, richer shade and tones of your preferred colour. Then introduce layer-upon-layer of textured elements to create subtle interest.
Also, don't forget a tasteful lamp positioned in the right spot. Makes all the difference! Here are some winners.