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Where to begin when bringing colour into your home.

When you are looking to introduce colour into your home it can be difficult to know where to start. You may already know your favourite colours, so creating combinations and incorporating them into your spaces is your next step and we are here to help!

Before you start playing with more fun colours in your space you should first ensure that there is a foundation of cohesion throughout your home. This will mean you can create a colourful, visually balanced space with ease. It is a good idea to maintain a base palette for your main areas, the most obvious way to do this is through flooring and wall colour with each room having the same or similar finishes. With a solid foundation you can then begin the fun part!

Generally a great way to get started is to choose a jumping off point, perhaps a piece of artwork that you love or a statement furniture piece. From there you can draw out colours, as well as textures or patterns, to use throughout a room and the rest of the home. For example, if you have a painting with bold colours you can translate them into your couch cushions or coffee table accessories. Doing this really helps tie the space together visually.

Another easy way to add colour and life to your home is through indoor plants. We are lucky here in Australia to have access to beautiful plants in all colours of the rainbow, although a fresh rich green is always a classic choice. Foliage pairs beautifully with the natural earthy tones as well as other neutrals like white and grey that are found in most Aussie homes.

If you are having trouble making colour combinations work for you an easy way to explore them is taking a trip down to your local hardware store. Spend some time with the paint sample cards finding shades of your favourite colours that compliment each other. You may even find yourself picking colours you would never have thought about before. It may take a while to find the right combination but once you do you will have a portable colour guide to take with you when choosing all your décor.

One simple breakdown of creating a visually interesting space is to utilise three main colours in one area. One for the walls (which you would have already chosen in your base palette), one for the furniture, and one for the larger décor. You can then introduce some complimentary shades for smaller accessories and styling without overpowering the room. This system also means it is easier, and more cost effective, to switch out in the future if you find your tastes have changed.

If you are looking for a more monochromatic look – a colour theme centred on one colour – it is a great rule of thumb to choose three shades. Primarily a pale shade, a mid-tone shade, and a rich shade. Those deep tones would be utilised on furnishings, while the lighter and mid-tone shades could be used on the walls and smaller elements like accessories to create cohesion – e.g. a dark green velvet sofa could be paired with washed-out sage walls.

It can be a little daunting adding that first pop of colour into your home, but don’t be afraid your home is supposed to reflect you and all the life that is happening within it. Of course if you are looking to sell your home maybe don’t go splashing neon pink on the walls but with the advice above you will be able to bring plenty of character in, it is often the emotional attachment that sells houses after all. So get ready to say goodbye to the stark white and beige we all know too well – unless that is what you’re into of course – and begin your colour journey.

When you are looking to introduce colour into your home it can be difficult to know where to start. You may already know your favourite colours, so creating combinations and incorporating them into your spaces is your next step and we are here to help!

Before you start playing with more fun colours in your space you should first ensure that there is a foundation of cohesion throughout your home. This will mean you can create a colourful, visually balanced space with ease. It is a good idea to maintain a base palette for your main areas, the most obvious way to do this is through flooring and wall colour with each room having the same or similar finishes. With a solid foundation you can then begin the fun part!

Generally a great way to get started is to choose a jumping off point, perhaps a piece of artwork that you love or a statement furniture piece. From there you can draw out colours, as well as textures or patterns, to use throughout a room and the rest of the home. For example, if you have a painting with bold colours you can translate them into your couch cushions or coffee table accessories. Doing this really helps tie the space together visually.

Another easy way to add colour and life to your home is through indoor plants. We are lucky here in Australia to have access to beautiful plants in all colours of the rainbow, although a fresh rich green is always a classic choice. Foliage pairs beautifully with the natural earthy tones as well as other neutrals like white and grey that are found in most Aussie homes.

If you are having trouble making colour combinations work for you an easy way to explore them is taking a trip down to your local hardware store. Spend some time with the paint sample cards finding shades of your favourite colours that compliment each other. You may even find yourself picking colours you would never have thought about before. It may take a while to find the right combination but once you do you will have a portable colour guide to take with you when choosing all your décor.

One simple breakdown of creating a visually interesting space is to utilise three main colours in one area. One for the walls (which you would have already chosen in your base palette), one for the furniture, and one for the larger décor. You can then introduce some complimentary shades for smaller accessories and styling without overpowering the room. This system also means it is easier, and more cost effective, to switch out in the future if you find your tastes have changed.

If you are looking for a more monochromatic look – a colour theme centred on one colour – it is a great rule of thumb to choose three shades. Primarily a pale shade, a mid-tone shade, and a rich shade. Those deep tones would be utilised on furnishings, while the lighter and mid-tone shades could be used on the walls and smaller elements like accessories to create cohesion – e.g. a dark green velvet sofa could be paired with washed-out sage walls.

It can be a little daunting adding that first pop of colour into your home, but don’t be afraid your home is supposed to reflect you and all the life that is happening within it. Of course if you are looking to sell your home maybe don’t go splashing neon pink on the walls but with the advice above you will be able to bring plenty of character in, it is often the emotional attachment that sells houses after all. So get ready to say goodbye to the stark white and beige we all know too well – unless that is what you’re into of course – and begin your colour journey.


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