The colors that you choose to decorate your home with can say as much about you as the music and movies you enjoy. Your home is your palace; an extension of your character. Doesn’t it make sense, then, that you should adorn its walls with the palettes that best reflect your personality? While there are no rules when it comes to home décor there are some colors that work better together than others. Current trends, meanwhile, are bound to influence your decisions when it comes to redecorating.
Here are just some of the great color combinations that you could employ throughout your home. Remember that furniture, accents and accessories are as much a part of your color scheme as the paint you use.
Warm tones for your living room
Your living room is likely to be your chosen haven, or the room you use for entertaining. Comforting, neutral colors such as gold, butter, cream and yellow often work well in such a space to add warmth, depth and wellbeing. This is the room that most people will see first. Lighter shades make the most of natural light, too, meaning that you’ll have minimal considerations to make when it comes to fancy lighting.
You could try... Draw the look together with pale hues on your walls and darker accessories, including a wooden floor and rug or a deep, chocolate carpet. This combination of warm tones will offer relaxation and rest after a long, stressful day.
A black, white and grey kitchen
While the country kitchen is still a popular choice in many homes an increasing number of people are choosing the simple sophistication of monochrome to adorn work surfaces and appliances. An effortlessly modern black, grey and white color combination will create a clean and clear space that’s functional yet stylish; a place you come to create meals with an added dollop of imagination. You could always use colored appliances and accessories if you’re worried about life becoming too dull.
You could try... Turn your kitchen into a funky chamber with colored window decoration, such as a blind or shutters. Brightly colored shutters help to draw a monochrome room together and create the illusion of a fashionable Parisian café wherever you might live.
Your child’s bedroom in pink and grey
Children love bright colors and bold imaginations. However, your little one’s bedroom should be a haven of quiet and calm, rather than inspiring boisterous conversations around sleep time. Calming combinations such as dusky pink and grey, baby blue and charcoal, or pale green and silver can help to soothe a tired toddler to sleep, while remaining timeless enough to grow with your child as his or her room changes with age.
You could try... Chunky charcoal curtains or colored shutters will inspire soothing sleep by blocking out natural daylight, while pastel shades and neutral accents can help to create a calming atmosphere regardless of the time of day. Try and keep toys to a minimum in your child’s bedroom, to inspire rest and contemplation.
A purple and gold grown-ups’ bedroom
You deserve your own space; a retreat to call your own. While the rest of the house may have been lost to children’s toys and artwork, pets’ accessories or family mementoes, your bedroom is the one place that’s truly yours. A sophisticated color scheme of purple, dark green or royal blue and gold will inspire a regal, and elegant atmosphere, while providing a much-needed corner for grown-up quiet time.
You could try... If you’re unsure a darker palette will work for you choose paler, neutral tones for your walls and provide gold and purple accents and accessories to create the illusion of a palatial space.
Naval blue and white in the bathroom
The bathroom must be practical, but that’s no reason why it can’t also be stylish. A naval theme of blue, white and grey will draw the room together, and remind users to clean up after themselves in a shipshape manner. The contrast of blue, white and grey will inspire functionality and texture and create a space that you’re happy to spend more than a little time in.
You could try... It can be tempting to adorn your bathroom with seashells and coastal accessories, and those do tend to look beautiful. Explore the beauty of timber, sand and accents of blue.
Interior design is a personal endeavor. Your home should reflect aspects of your personality, passions and travels, as well as characteristics of your family members. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t have a play around with color every now and again. Your home is your blank canvas; yours to decorate, furnish and embrace each and every day. Take inspiration from the world around you and remember that there are no rules when your home and color palettes are involved.