Today’s interiors are incorporating bold, rich colours which inject the feeling of optimism and youth into a space. While adding colour to your home may seem daunting, by looking to some of my favourite trendsetters for inspiration — and using my design tips — I hope you’ll try adding some vibrant touches to your home.
By Ben Brannen | Spruce Summer 2019 Issue
The Pros are Embracing Colour
High Point Market, the largest furnishings trade show in the world, is the epicentre of fashion for interior design. The 2019 spring show presented a bounty of colours for your home, from the Modshop’s Delano sofa in Mendel Green to the luxurious palettes of Thibaut’s Dynasty wallpapers and fabric, featuring navy, green, fuchsia, red and purple. The use of bold colours in upholstery, area rugs and accessories has become a fashionable alternative to the classic neutrals of previous years.
Joa Studholme and her team at Farrow & Ball constantly reinvent the wallcoverings and historic paint colours in their collection to make them relevant and classic for today’s homes. Studholme’s new book, Farrow & Ball Recipes for Decorating, illustrates beautifully how to inject bold colours into today’s interiors, whether you have a traditional or contemporary interior space.
4 Ways to Add a Pop of Colour to Your Decor
Pro tip! Before you begin, ask yourself, What is my favourite colour? Then, use that as the tone you layer into your décor.
1) Go with Monochromatic
For beginners trying on colour in their homes for the first time, I recommend a monochromatic colour scheme (rather than learning the ins and outs of colour theory). A monochromatic scheme uses lighter and darker shades of the same colour. It’s a simple and effective way to bring in bold colour without having to balance tones against each other.
2) Design Your Living Room around a Colourful Chair
Design your living room around a colourful, high-fashion chair. When it comes to home furnishings, be true to yourself. If you love bold hues, you should enjoy a rich jewel-toned sofa for years to come.
3) Make Small Adjustments with Pillows, Throws, and Curtains
On the other hand, if you are trying this trend on for size, I recommend skipping the large investment items and instead try jazzing up a neutral sofa with colourful cushions and a throw — you can still get that injection of colour by repeating the same hue on several smaller items. Another great way to add smaller pops of colour is to focus on your draperies and blinds. Patterned drapes with multiple colours are a great way to change up the feeling in a room over time by highlighting different colours found in the fabric through accessories and new wall paint.
4) Use Fun Textiles and Surprising Places to Put Colour
Another good beginner technique is to find a textile that has an interesting collection of colours in the design as your jumping-off point. You can then pull out any of these colours and use them throughout the room. Or use vibrant coloured cotton sheets with your neutral duvet cover; fold the top sheet back to show off your pillowcases in the same colour.
While bright hues are always a safe choice for a front door or a feature piece of statement furniture, trends today throw the neutral look out the window and embrace vibrant rooms with rich, saturated colour.
It’s time to be bold!
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