Colour plays a big part in how we view and react to our surroundings, it can really show off what we are about and showcase our identities. A inject colour to a room can instantly change the ambiance and your mood.
Grey has dominated interiors for quite some time, but it appears people are going more bold in their choices and really embracing their sense of style in their home.
There’s lots information online about colour psychology and what colours to use where if you are interested in researching what colours affect your mood. Honestly, I’ve just chosen to use the colours that I love in a way that makes me happy.
If you are struggling on what colour choices to make. Think about what colours you love, what colours make you feel happy?
Your wardrobe is a good place to start. My wardrobe is a mix of simple comfortable pieces, bright accessories and floral dresses. I think you can tell when you walk around my home that it very much reflects my personality. The House that Black built is mainly decorated using the colour black with splashes of pink. She also shows her wardrobe on Instagram, showcasing the most stunning black stylish outfits matched with an oversized pink coat, when you watch her stories its quite clear to see that her home is a true reflection of her personality and style, which I love. If you’re looking at what colours to choose to decorate your home, looking in your wardrobe at your favourite outfits is a good place to start.
If your unsure of how to add some colour to your home, here are 7 suggestions:
Using accessories to brighten up your home is a good place to start. I think when you use accessories you can really go for it as they are so easily changed. It’s a simple yet effective way to inject some colour into your home.
Luxurious, bright, vibrant accessories work really well in a bedroom. Our bedroom is painted white but the bed is a deep blue velvet with blue floral cushions and a green throw, giving the room both colour and depth. The blue in the bedside tables ties everything in and copper in the bedside lights add extra interest.
Soft furnishes such as rugs, curtains, throws and cushions can completely transform a room and inject much needed colour, texture and personality. Using pops of colour in the same accent can add interest to an otherwise neutral room. Pick out a colour from a cushion or a picture and use that as inspiration for other splashes of colour around the room, this will provide a stylish non-permanent pop of colour.
Blanket from Maisons Du Monde
Bright art or a funky gallery wall can really add some personality to a room. It doesn’t need to be anything expensive, just some canvases or some pictures you’ve collected can really make a difference. Alternatively, you can pick funky prints up relatively cheap in shops or online which are full of colour.
I’ve framed post cards and birthday cards which I’ve loved and injected them into our gallery walls. Rather than the usual white or black frames, why not spray paint your fames in a contrasting colour for an extra pop?
Paint is an excellent way to add a splash of colour, it is not too expensive, easy to apply and easy to change. You can paint the whole room, a feature wall or something a little bit jazzier like my sons chevron nursery wall.
If you are feeling brave then the whole room can be painted a colour. Bold and dark colours are very fashionable right now, however if your a little more cautious, using a lighter colour can help open up a room and make it appear more spacious. Then darker colours in smaller quantities and accessories can add some interest.
For a feature wall, you can be a little braver. If you are struggling to choose a colour then try picking out a colour from one of your accessories, such as a colour from a favourite cushion and painting just one or two walls to match.
To me, wallpaper is a bit more of a commitment. To use a wallpaper, I would have to be really excited about the print and the colours. There is some fab inspiration on Pinterest with some daring bold prints. You can paint the woodwork and radiators white or paint them in a colour picked out from the paper. Very eye catching.
If you are a little apprehensive about wallpapering the whole room then wallpaper just one wall to create a feature wall.
Wallpaper Graham & Green
5. Seasonal colours
I love the four seasons and love an excuse to change the accessories in my home. In October, I fill my home with pumpkins and orange tones. On the lead up to Christmas the cushions and bedding change to warmer more earthy tones and I love the splashes of red that fill the house on the lead up the Christmas, making the home feel warm and more festive. It’s nice to temporarily change the colours and experiment a little. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with the colour and keep it all year round!
Golds, coppers and brass can add a different tone to home as well as a splash of colour. Our living room has a big round gold mirror, gold lamps and picture frames. They add a warm tone and really do catch your eye. If you are a little afraid of colour, using different metals and textures can really make a statement.
7. Plants & Flowers
There’s no better way to fill your house with colour than with the use of plants and flowers. If you are not green fingered you can try some faux plants, you can buy some really realistic looking ones and some even promise to be dust free.
Succulents (which are difficult to kill!) and indoor house plants are very popular right now, the more and bigger the better, adding the most delicious green hues to otherwise plain rooms.
Personally, I don’t think you can beat the colour and scent of fresh flowers in the house.
Give it ago and before you know it, your home will be bursting with colour and you’ll be bursting with pride.