How to incorporate vivid colours into your dream London home
While most of us Londoners stay safe when choosing paint colours for our dream homes, some prefer painting and decorating in bold colours. We’re not going to lie; there is something special and alluring about a room that’s bursting with colour. With the maximalist and happy trend upon us, colours are making a massive comeback to our dream home interiors. However, if you’re no so enthusiastic about throwing buckets of paint at your beautiful mute-coloured walls, feel free to experiment with accessories like cushions, rugs, bedding and throws. Interior design can also become instantly more cheerful by incorporating a colourful piece of accent furniture or a quirky lamp shade, for example. Here’s our quick 5 step guide to help you achieve the colourful look when painting and decorating.
Pops of Colour in interior
Start with small pops of colour-a statement piece of furniture or a couple of cushions. With cushions being budget friendly, you can even colour coordinate them depending on the season to give a cosier, more homely feeling. If you get bored, you can always change them. You can also use cushions and furniture to experiment with bright colours like orange or red, and to slowly introduce more colour whilst maintaining a harmonic, balanced room. This is a good alternative and requires much less commitment than a big painting and decorating project, or painting an entire wall in a vivid colour.
Using colour for hallway and staircase
Your hallway is the first thing you see when you enter your property. If you happen to have a staircase, paint the uprights in your favourite vivid colour. You can choose to keep the walls neutral to highlight the colour on the staircase, or go for a playful wallpaper to make a great first impression! We love this iconic 1970s pattern for creating an eye-catching entrance hall.
For a welcoming first impression, you can try to mix a few colourful, different textures – maybe a carpet if your hallway does not have stairs.
Wow your guests with colours in your dining room
Dining rooms are another excellent place to start from, since they tend to get used for special occasions. Choosing a bold colour will not overpower the space, compared to other rooms that you spend much more time in.
If you have also chosen to also use colour in other areas, like the hallway, you can colour coordinate and use similar colours in the dining room (different shades of blue can help to create a lively yet calm atmosphere, for example). What’s more, beautifully painting and decorating the dining room will most definitely wow your guests.
Brighten the dark interior
Make bright colours pop with a dark backdrop. Bright yellow, orange or pink accessories or accent pieces look best as a complement to a darkly painted room. We love Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal, a sophisticated aubergine colour that has a lovely warming effect. Different coloured lamps can change the colour of the light when it shines on the darker walls and give it a softer touch. In the bedroom you could use bright-coloured covers and bedsheets, whilst in the dining room vivid cushioned chairs or paintings can add a wonderful pop of colour.
Block colour interiors
Use block colours by selecting the same colour in different shades for walls, furniture and accessories when painting and decorating. This will create a minimalistic yet welcoming and interesting look for your space. Choosing the same colour with different undertones will add to the cohesion of the room and make it easier to contrast if you change your mind about the accessories and decide to go more bold.
Before you go for that special bold colour, make sure you read our guide to the 5 worst paint colours for small spaces.
The Good Painter is painting and decorating in London, so if you happen to need more advice on decorating with bold colours don’t hesitate to contact us!