Being the person in charge of decorating your home can be a little overwhelming, especially when you’re dealing with a lot of rooms and on a budget. Choosing the right colour combination for your home can be a huge challenge, but the good thing to remember is that all your choices are going to come up beautifully; because they’re your choices!
Colour is a very powerful tool when it comes to interior design, as it invokes emotions and can really affect the way you feel in the room you are in. Darker colours can make a room shrink and lighter colours can give a small room the feeling of space. You have to have fun when it comes to choosing your interior design colours, especially if you’re moving into a new home. Buying a house and being able to start completely from scratch is a total privilege; this is your blank canvas! The cheap removalist is booked, the boxes are packed, and you have allocated the bedrooms. Now all you need to do is decide on the colours you’re going to add into each room and you’re set!
Colour choices are subjective, so don’t ever feel like you have to stick to a particular scheme that you found in a magazine. Much as the focus should be on how you want each space to make you feel, choosing the furnishings for each room first is the place to start rather than checking out paint swatches. Making the colour choice first can really limit your furniture choices, so it makes sense to work around the furniture you want first and foremost.
Being wary of how a particular colour works is a good thing: could you imagine how it would feel to make a space all one colour only to absolutely hate it? Not only would you have spent money on the paint and wallpaper, you’d have put in all the work to get the colour on the walls. Tester pots are your friend! Buy tester pots for the colours you’re indecisive over and check them on the walls so that the lighting in the room can fall on it. Always consider the way each room flows into the next and how you can continue your colour scheme through the communal areas in the home.
When you commit to a colour in each room, decide whether you want to even paint a room in a colour. Some people prefer to keep room wall colours totally neutral along with the flooring, and simply use their chosen colour in accessories and décor. Doing this means that when you get bored of the colour scheme you’ve chosen, you can just replace the accessories. This can be considerably less expensive than repainting and redecorating every time you want a new colour around the house. Accessories are everything when it comes to interior design, so make your accessories pop in a room that is more neutral. Colours wheels are perfect to judge what works in the lighting of each room, so pop to your nearest DIY store!