For many people September is a second New Year. As children and adults drift back to school and work, it’s a chance to take stock and reboot your life – and your home. If you’d like to add a bit of vibrancy to your interiors, bold colours could be just the thing to revitalise your environment. But if you’re used to a neutrals-based colour scheme, where do you start? And how do you make sure you don’t get it wrong?
According to the experts, it’s all about starting small; adding doses of bright colour here and there rather than making a drastic change. You can do this by simply adding cushions or throws in adventurous shades or by painting just one piece of furniture, as interiors experts, writing in the Evening Standard Homes & Property, explain with these four tips.
- Rather than taking the plunge and painting a whole wall, try adding colour with accessories, which you can easily change – a vibrant duvet cover being a good example. “If you’ve got a very large bed cover, paired with plain walls, add the colour to your duvet,” says Janice Morley, editor of Homes & Property. “It’s such a big space. You’ll get tremendous colour, but next week you can change it for another if you want to.”
- You could also start by upcycling an existing piece. Says Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux: “Paint a picture frame, a mirror frame or a chair in a really bold colour that you might be frightened of using. You’ll fall in love with it and soon you’ll be painting the walls and the ceiling.”
- If you’d like to go brighter, but aren’t sure which colours to choose, take inspiration from your wardrobe. It’s likely that the colours you enjoy wearing will be ones you’ll feel at home in too.
“In order to create a really happy home, that really supports you, you’ve got to use your own colour palette,” says interior designer and TV presenter Sophie Robinson. “Sometimes looking at the clothes we’ve chosen, and how we put outfits together, gives a really clear indication of what colours we’re drawn to.”
- If you’ve gone further and tried colour on your walls, adding a second, contrasting or complementary shade can have real impact.
“Sometimes if you’ve painted the walls in a certain colour, white isn’t necessarily the best thing for the ceiling. Try a paler shade of the walls, or a contrasting pale colour.” says design journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth.