How to Style Your Space Using Colour
With the outside world feeling so unsettling and a little scary, the importance and privilege of having a safe, welcoming and enjoyable space to call ours everyday has never been more prevalent.
I know when it comes to making my house look like a glossy magazine, I’m absolutely useless so lucky for me I have our resident Property Stylist on Speed dial and now you guys can (virtually) too. Carlene has given us all an insight into how she creates such beautiful spaces in peoples homes and for the next few posts we will be going through different ways you can make your home your sanctuary in these challenging times – whether that be a room, an apartment, a house on 100 acres or a townhouse in the middle of Brisbane we are here to help.
So if you want to make the space you are spending a lot of time in as beautiful as it can be, keep reading and find out all about how to utilise colour to your advantage.
When used well, colour is the one thing in a home that can set a mood instantly. It is such a great tool to help enhance the feeling of any space, for example, lighter colours tend to feel more spacious and airy than darker tones, whereas as warmer colours typically make a space feel smaller although cosier. It’s so versatile and so readily available for us all to experiment with.
First of all, just so we are all on the same page – let’s go through the different types of colours:
These are our base colours and are made up of Red, Blue and Yellow. They sit at equal intervals on the colour wheel and are called “Primary” because they cannot be made by combining other colours.
These are made when combining two primary colours, for example, Red and yellow make Orange, Red and Blue make Purple and so on.
This is what you get when you mix a primary colour with the secondary colour next to it on the colour wheel.
Next, Colour Schemes:
Now that we are all up to speed with the basic terminology, it’s important to know the different ways that we can organise colours to make them work for us in the home. Below is a list of ways to makes sense of how to use a colour wheel correctly, but remember you can choose the tone of a colour wheel to match the palette you want to create.
Complementary colours lie opposite to each other on the colour wheel and work well when put together. Also known as contrasting colours, they might seem like a bold choice next to each other initially, they can also bring a certain balance to a room. It can work really well to mix warm and cold colours together when using this colour scheme, a cool blue can be brought to life by a bold pop of orange.
Done right, a monochromatic colour scheme makes a space look effortlessly put together, it streamlines a space to ensure unity which ultimately helps ‘make sense’ of a room. It seems as though this is the easiest colour scheme to work with because it’s just one colour for an entire room. However it is actually the hardest to pull off as many different shades, textures of the same colour need to be expertly pulled together to create the right impression with this look.
A common trick in colour scheming is to pick one colour from the wheel as the main base for your room, and then use the colours on either side of it for accents – these are called Analogous colours. The pairing of these like-minded tones together will create an interesting, harmonious slightly monochromatic look for the room.
This is a combination of colours that are equidistant from each other on the colour wheel. This creates a harmonious look but without the monochromatic theme, this method creates a much more interesting and vivacious impression that decking a room out in the one colour.
Lastly, A Few Things to Remember:
Currently, the most popular trend of colour in the home is a very neutral, slightly grey-off white colour palette. Not only does this palette achieve a relaxed and peaceful environment, but this particular palette also works really well with timber accents, of which we find in many of our beautiful Queensland Homes.
When choosing the tone of your colours, remember that warmer colours tend to be more vibrant and ‘inspire confidence’ which is why they can have an amazing and inviting effect when used in entertaining spaces. For a space that you want to instil calmness, cooler colours can create a relaxed mood and bring a sense of serenity.
If you are a fan of colour and the complementary/contrasting ruling is jumping out at you to create the perfect bold colourful statement in your home, just remember that the rule of three is a major feature across many areas of interior design and choosing colours is no different. The best rule is to use no more than three different colours in one room to avoid an over the top feel and to create a well-balanced space.
Styling your home is such a personal endeavour, and the tones and colour schemes you choose reflect what you want your home to be so we hope that the information above has helped you know how to use your personal preferences to maximise the potential of your home.