I love colour. As much as I admire these beautiful all white houses or a fabulous monochrome colour scheme, it’s just not for me. I have tried to do neutral but somehow snippets of colour sneak in everywhere and I have learnt to embrace that. It suits me and it suits my family.
If you saw my home tour here and here you will see what I mean. It’s a myriad of colour and patterns which probably shouldn’t go together but somehow have just evolved in to what I call home. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have bright blue walls and fuchsia pink accessories. It’s more a blend of a neutral base with pops of colour added in. It doesn’t even have to be a bright colour. I’m just as happy with a bit of pale blue as I am with bright neon pink. I’ve simply chosen things I like and put them all together.
For those of you wanting a change from the dreary grey weather outside I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and tips on injecting a bit of colour in to your home.
Just give it a go and you may be surprised with the results. I adore how a pretty cushion or unusual lamp can transform a room. I recommend keeping it simple to start rather than filling your house with an entire rainbow. Baby steps is what is needed and you can build it up from there.
Add a neutral base
In all the rooms in my house I have chosen a neutral colour base to work with. Some rooms like the kitchen and hall are pure brilliant white, others have a soft truffle colour and our bedroom is the palest grey. This took a lot of trial and error to find the colours that worked in our house with our light. In most rooms white would look too stark but I would have found dark colours too oppressive.
Our main furniture is all quite simple in its colours. Grey sofas, block colours and simple wood work well. The kitchen is a subtle French Grey which I adore and the bathroom tiles are white.
Find your personal colour palette
You may find you favour pastels or primary colour. You may even be a fan of neon. You just have to discover your own favourites. I think you could say mine is slightly mid century. Lots of bold blues, yellows and orange seem to be the way I go. Some rooms have more colour than others. For example I have recently toned back our lounge slightly to have more hues of mocha and cream with a some fun colour pops in knitted throws and the cushions.
This may not be an instant thing but something you realise over time. You may also find that each room is different. It’s entirely your choice.
It could be a cushion, a wallpaper or a picture. I’ll often see something I like and build it up from there. I don’t necessarily have a colour scheme for each room but find that it organically evolves. For example in the snug I fell in love with our Mini Moderns Pet Sounds wallpaper which I chose in a soft greige and orange colour scheme. I therefore added orange cushions to the sofa.
In our bedroom Edd bought and installed the yellow lampshade rather than the copper one I requested so I added yellow bedding and hints of neon pink to match some bedside lamps I got. Again, these should have been grey but I got the pink in the sale for a bargain price of £10 and I thought, hey why not neon pink?! I then bought some Neon Pink Paint and painted the legs of our bedroom chair to match.
Add a few accessories
Cushions are my absolute favourite for an instant colour injection that you can easily change. There are an unbelievable amount of amazing colours and styles around at the moment. I particularly love the Habitat print ones for a bargainous £12. Pictures are another great starting point and as much as I love a nice print I don’t think you can beat your own photographs. They add an instant dash of colour and most importantly evoke precious memories every time you see them. I have photos everywhere and mix up the frames for a more eclectic look.
In the kitchen we have gone for a bright kettle and toaster but if you don’t want something so permanent then tea towels are a great choice. We did go all out on the fridge with a bright red Smeg.
Bedding is another great area for colour. I tend to opt for a white bedding set then add cushions and throws to co-ordinate with the colour scheme.
Move things around
Try moving things around in a room or switching between rooms until you get the right balance. I’ve often bought cushions for one room but they’ve ended up in another. Or a picture may just look right in the lounge rather than the intended hallway.
Wallpaper can be a bold move but one that completely transforms a room. I tend to choose quite bold designs but will only ever focus on one area. So one wall or an alcove to bring some character to different spaces. You don’t have to go for such graphic prints. Even the smallest pattern in a soft shade will add a little hint of a hue in to your room. Check out our recent wallpaper post for lots of lovely inspiration.
And if all else fails…
Add flowers! A beautiful colourful bunch of flowers can lift any room.
So who is joining me on my quest to brighten up their house?