One topic we get asked most about is colour: how to use it, where to use it and how much of it to use... We understand it can be daunting! Here we will discuss some examples of different ways of injecting colour into spaces; we hope this will give you some useful insights!
Monochromatic Colour Schemes
Monochromatic colour schemes involve the use of mostly one colour in different tones to create depth. The effect is bold and powerful yet soft. When pulled off well, it can make a space look like a piece of art! The above example, "Living Bakkali" by Studio Masquespacio boasts a combination of round soft organic forms with soft shades of earthy rust, creating a harmonious and satisfyingly balanced interior.
On the flipside, an increasingly popular current trend is maximalism. Wallpapers are still embracing the drama with bold patterns and colourful schemes. These unique interiors are achieved through the layering of colour, pattern and texture, usually with mismatching eclectic styles. Interiors with this colour scheme bring a strong sense of personality, and can really tell the story of an individual or group!
Deep and atmopsheric
If you're brave, you may consider the use of darker, richer colours in some areas for a touch of drama.
It's important to consider lighting in these areas as it can quickly feel claustrophobic. Good natural lighting is ideal, but the right kind of artificial lighting can also help. Areas where this type of scheme works well in includes snugs, dining rooms and bedrooms as it can make these spaces feel cosy and relaxing. We love the use of this deep green on the image to the left, as it enhances the dramatic element of the grand staircase, and pairs perfectly with the pendant lighting.
If you're afraid of committing to colour, neutrals can still add warmth to a space. Opt for a range of tones to avoid your space feeling too cold and sterile. Why not layer some natural materials and plants to add texture? You could still add hints of colour and bring some personality to the space through artwork on walls and soft furnishings. Neutrals exude relaxation and serentity, and are great for clearing the mind.
In contrary, bright, colourful palette with lots of contrasting colours tend to be stimulating and inspiring, working great in areas such as offices, home studios, or spaces you generally wish to emit a social atmopshere. Avoid these schemes in areas in which you wish to relax, as they can sometimes be overstimulating.
The images to the right and below are great examples of how pops of colour can be applied to a more or less blank canvas. This is great for rentals or for those who wish to inject colour into their lives without committing to painted walls. Layering colour on top of a neutral background can add a huge amount of personality while remaining flexible. Moreover, the image above is a good example of how colours can be taken from artwork and used in furnishings and decoration to create a bold and vibrant space while being cohesive.
We hope this has helped you to a feel a bit more inspired! If you're interested to learn more, check out our Colour Consultation service, where you can learn all about colour psychology, and we can give you expert advice which will be specific to your home.