Paint, wallpaper and fabric are key to unlocking a new look for every area of the home but knowing where to start is the big hurdle that often stops people from giving it a go and choosing a colour scheme for themselves.
- The way you decorate your home should reflect your interests, style, past, present and future. Don’t let anyone impose their taste and style on you.
- The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about colour schemes is: “what is your favourite colour?” This colour will please the eye and combined with neutrals or complimenting hues it can make a great colour scheme and most importantly you know you won’t get tired of it.
- Look at your existing furnishing, rugs, curtains, paintings or favourite accessories for inspiration. If your rug or curtains have colourful patterns you are best served by selecting the co-ordinating wall colour from the neutral background colour of the curtains or rug. Use the deeper or brighter tones for accents throughout the room or adjacent spaces.
- Create consistency by adding accent colours: for example, perhaps the main wall colour in one room is middle pumice from the Dulux simply range and you have added a punch of colour with raspberry red textured cushions on the sofa. You could then paint an accent wall a raspberry red in an adjoining room – this will create flow and consistency throughout the space or simple just add a punch of colour with a bight cushion and vase as seen in the photo.
- Test out your colours before you begin painting. A paint colour can vary from room to room and changes throughout the day as natural lighting constantly changes. The best thing to do is to pick up samples in similar hues (at least one shade darker and one shade lighter) and paint it on a large spot in the room of choice. These extra steps are worth the effort and can end up saving you a great deal of time and money in the long-run. (Colour Trend & Dulux Signature Range have A4 sample cards available so need to get the paint brush out available from Pat McDonald Paints)
- Everything need not match! Room’s gains depth and dimension from extra texture, pattern and colour from other like items. Try to avoid two couches with the same colour and pattern, instead have two coordinating patterns, or one with a pattern and one that’s solid. If you do opt for solid coloured couches, such as white, add texture and contrast with throws, pillows, blankets and rugs to create an opulent palate. The photos may not be your taste, but is an example of how the use of different colours and textures to pull a space together.
- Remember less is more!
- If it all feels overwhelming, contact a designer!
Jane Dennehy Interiors From single room makeovers to major refurbishments, to newly built homes or commercial properties, Jane Dennehy Interiors offers vibrant and professional interior design service. She offers down-to-earth advice while guiding you through the design or re-modelling process. Consultations available for €250.