5 ideas for interior design colours in your home
Whether you’re looking to make a change to your interior décor, or if you’ve simply moved into a new home and are looking to make it your own, there are few remedies sweeter or simpler than changing up the colour of your furniture.
It doesn’t have to be a major overhaul – picking out a new statement bed for example, or replacing a sofa with a new colour is all it takes to shift the hues in your living spaces, giving a new lease of life for interior décor that can transform the way you feel in your day-to-day life.
Different colours give different results too – here are five ideas to get you started:
Go blue for a gentle, tranquil calmness
Blue is always a great choice for spaces where you’ll want to feel calm, relaxed and peaceful. After all, we often associate the colour blue with water – the sea, rivers, brooks, spas, waves breaking on the bows of ships – which brings its own special tranquility that you just can’t get anywhere else.
This alone make blue interior design ideal for places like offices, bedrooms, bathrooms and especially baby rooms. You’ve got a lot of shades of blue to choose from too, so there’s plenty of choice. Go lighter for calmness, and darker for a bit more oomph.
Go black for a statement look
Black is a very bold choice for a room, but when done well, it carries the irresistible lure of mystique and elegance. Black speaks to your confidence as a designer, and your willingness to take the necessary risks in turning your home into a work of art.
This colour should be used sparingly for statement pieces that want to stand out without being harsh on the eyes or worse, gaudy to look at. Living rooms, kitchens and halls can all be made to look deep and characterful with a few choice pieces of stark black furniture in tow.
Go red for infectious and boundless energy
Warmer colours have always been a way for designers to infuse a room with zest and vibrancy and red in particular can do this spectacularly well. Both modern and traditional at the same time, the many different shades of red can combine nicely to infuse a space with creativity and zeal.
If you’ve got spaces where you want to inspire action, or areas that need a shot of energy, red is a good option – think home studios, living rooms or games rooms. If you have a bountiful green garden, pick red for rooms that look out onto that greenery for a wonderful holly bush contrast.
Go grey for cool and classy minimalism
Grey is a one of the most popular colour trends around today, simply because of its versatile minimalism which means it can be matched with a huge range of colours. Modern and fresh, both light and dark grey can bring out the best in the other vibrant hues in your room.
Like the other neutrals, grey goes anywhere in the modern home so you’ve got a lot of choice – it goes very well with gentle greens, sharp yellows, subtle teals and even some soft coral shades; mix it up and see what happens.
Go green for a nurturing feeling of growth
Speaking of green, this verdant colour as a design choice is an interesting one. You don’t see it too often, which is a shame because green can add a wonderful evolving nature to a room. Like its cousin blue, green is gentle and calm, while also suggesting growth and a kind of natural beauty.
Because of its connection to cultivation and nature, green is a great choice for nurseries or kids’ rooms, giving them a place to grow safely and gently. It can also work nicely for a bathroom, where the idea of reinvigoration and revival goes nicely with a soak in the bath or a DIY spa day.
Go beige for timeless chic
Beige has something of a bad reputation when it comes to choosing colours for being boring and uninspired. That might be true for clothes and car paint, but when it comes to interior design, beige has long been a neutral colour that exudes a fashionable air of chic, bringing the best of the 20th century into your 21st century home.
Beige is big on class and sophistication, and as a neutral, it can be used for pretty much any room in the house (except for the bathroom), though your kids might prefer a bit more vibrancy for playrooms and bedrooms.
Go purple for luxury upon luxury
One material on your furniture that somehow never goes out of style is velvet, and combining that velvet with purple is a heaven-sent recipe for indulgent luxury that turns a room into something a little bit special.
Add touches of purple to the furniture in rooms where you might be receiving people – front rooms, lounges, games rooms for example. Purple is for parties, for entertainment, so it looks best when you’ve got socialising going on around it. Heed caution with purple in the bedroom however, unless you want it to look seedy and tacky.
Those are some ideas for colours and the psychological considerations they each bring to the table. For more tips and hints on furniture styles, colours and interior décor ideas, keep an eye on the Fascino Concept blog.