2023 is set to be the year when we express our own personal style throughout our homes and not surprisingly, bright colours are set to be big. Dulux announced its colour of the year as Wild Wonder, a golden shade of barley, whilst the experts over at Benjamin Moore have offered up Raspberry Blush, a bright and vibrant coral shade.
Whatever your personal style, embracing colour in your home can make a space feel more welcoming and help to reflect your personality. The right colours work together seamlessly, connecting rooms and creating a rich colour flow in the process.
If you’re keen to explore brighter colours in your home but don’t know where to start, the following tips will help.
Create Colour Flow
Each room in your home has a colour in it that can add to your space’s flow of colour. For example, let’s assume that you have a blue sofa in a room that connects to your kitchen. You can add stools in the kitchen that have blue coverings to connect the two spaces.
Alternatively, you can introduce colour in smaller degrees. For example, placing a picture in the middle of the space that uses the same colour to join the spaces together, or picking colours to replicate from textiles such as cushions and curtains. You can follow this same practice throughout the entire home to make the space’s flow of colour mesh together perfectly.
Play with Contrast
Contrast can also be used if you don’t have a current flow of colour that you like.
For example, you can:
- Create a high-contrast design by embracing dark colours in one space and light ones in another
- Use colours to represent emotion, such as yellows and reds to spark emotion and blue and green to create a feeling of calmness in the space
- Opt for a monochrome colour scheme, using black to add distinction to a more neutral palette
Ground a Colourful Room with Natural Flooring
If you're not a fan of bright colours, or you’re concerned that your colours will be too overwhelming, use natural flooring such as jute, sisal and wood flooring to ground the space. The earthy, neutral tones of wood flooring will help break up the colour and add a natural, organic aspect to the room to ensure the styling doesn’t feel too deliberate.
Jute and sisal carpets are the perfect option if you’re looking to add texture to a space and the natural colours will create a fantastic backdrop to make brighter colours pop.
Let Your Furniture Take the Lead
If you want to add colour but you’re not sure where to start, let your furniture take the lead. Choose one piece of statement furniture that you love and use it to inspire your palette.
For example, if you have a camel-coloured sofa, hanging rust-coloured curtains and adding a tawny-coloured rug will brighten up the space, add colour and tie everything together.
Even if you have neutral furniture, you can use complimenting colours to bring the space to life.