Are you looking to introduce a new colour scheme in your home? Whether you are decorating your living space, bedroom, home office or hallway, follow this advice for an on-trend look.
1. Modern greens
This season green shades are back with a flourish, and rightly so, with interior designers appreciating the colour’s myriad effects in all rooms. There tends to be two schools of thought about colour in a workspace: pale and calming (more ‘corporate office’, so it doesn’t offend anyone), or vibrant and dynamic (ideal for the home study area, where you need to be inspired and creative on your own). For a period-style home – or if you want to create that feel in a new extension, add panelling or beading. For painting walls, choose matt finishes to make the room look both authentic and modern, and team with mid-century style dark wood furniture.
2. Rich reds
‘Red is a dramatic colour so it will always provoke conversation, that’s why it is often good to use when decorating a dining room or entrance hall. In a modern home primary hues to classic red shades with burgundy or brown undertones work well,’ says Adam Robertson, managing director, Urbane Living. ‘It’s always advisable not to go excessive with red décor, the best results are often when red has been teamed with neutrals or greys.’
‘Horizontal stripes are inexpensive to create and also bang on-trend,’ says Ian West, founder and colour consultant at Ecos paints. ‘Buy several one litre pots of your chosen colours, plus some masking tape and go for it. The only limit is your imagination.’ Landscape stripes, in the right colour-combinations, are also very soothing and relaxing – ideal for your new and improved TV/entertainment room. One or two walls are best – and the 3D effect can make the decoration look like artwork and give the room more depth. Subtle, warm and soft-focus feature lighting will all help create atmosphere.
If your home has a contemporary design scheme, then the way to make brown look current is to keep the room uncluttered and streamlined – a sleek dark wood table, designer-style chairs and matching accessories will achieve this. Larger dining rooms with lots of natural light will look especially good and browns will help warm up a large space. Also in a kitchen-diner extension with full glass doors – the rich, earthy browns work really well when combined with the garden colours outside. For period or renovation homes, a brown palette brings a historically authentic look – for an up-to-date look team the walls with a lighter neutral shade on the ceiling to make the room look taller, and not closed-in. Heavy period furniture will look good against dark brown walls, but use lighter shades from the same colour palette, such as taupes for doors and skirting boards, so the room doesn’t start to ‘crowd’ in.
5. Statement brights
Bright colours combined with bold shapes and modern materials are a continuing trend through to Autumn/Winter 2014. In an all-white room, a strong colour like orange can really energise the space and bring it to life. Because of its warm tones it will work well in a north-facing room, where it is best combined with an off-white, so the effect isn’t too jarring. Choose a matt/chalky finish emulsion to help add depth and interest.?