If you want to inject a bit of life into your new home, colour is the quickest and easiest way to achieve fast results. But it’s also important that you get it right and find something that’s going to work for you and the people you share your home with. So, which colours work best in which rooms?
Fulham estate agent, Lawsons & Daughters suggests “Warm tones are best in areas where you want to create a welcoming, warm atmosphere like hallways, dining rooms and lounges. Try using advancing, complementary colours to create a sense of depth- neutral beige and grey tones are always good in living areas but you can also opt for something bolder if you want to create a sense of drama.”
Bathrooms should be tranquil, clean places where you can wash away the day and relax in your own little safe haven, so if you want to create a spa type feel, go with colours inspired by the sea and nature. Think soft, calming turquoise, aqua and duck egg for a calming retreat.
Bedrooms are among the areas where you can really let your imagination run wild and create a real sense of your personality. Whilst it’s a good idea to choose restful colours like blues, greys and greens, there are no real rules when it comes to the bedroom. Think about what colours make you feel happy and at peace and go with those.
Denhan Guaranteed Rent stresses the importance of planning first: “Before you start, buy some colour charts and create a mood board- this will allow you to visualise how the colours you like might work in different rooms. When you think you’ve picked your favourite shades, select some tester pots and try them out in different areas; being careful to notice various types of lighting and how they affect the tones.”
In most DIY stores you’ll be able to place tester cards under different types of light- this is a really valuable tool as energy saving lights can give colours a yellowy tinge that you may find unattractive when you get it home.
Rather than painting the testers direct onto your walls, take some paint and apply it to a plain sheet of white paper and stick that on instead. It will be easier to cover up when you do decorate, and will also help you to work out whether the paints you’re testing are warm or cool tones.
If you want to keep up with interior design trends but don’t have the confidence to pick the season’s brightest, boldest colours for your walls, remember you’re not restricted to paints alone. “You can create any equally fashionable effect with colourful accessories like lampshades, vases and rugs for a fast effect without the long-term commitment,” advises Robert Holmes.