An enjoyable time this week at Heal’s Design Day threw up some interesting customer ‘colour conundrums’ from Homes & Gardens magazine readers for me to solve.
Held at Heal’s store in Tottenham Court Road and in conjunction with KLC School of Design, readers were invited to come along with their decorating and design dilemmas.
Two main key themes emerged – those that were looking for inspiration on where to start with colouring a ‘blank canvas’ home, and those that were struggling with how to work the current trend for grey.
The blank canvas
One of the best tips I can give for finding inspiration for decorating your home, is to create a mood board.
Collecting pictures, photos, and scraps of textiles that you like, and mounting them on a good size piece of card will help you to focus your thoughts and ideas about what you like.
You may find recurring themes of shapes, patterns, textures and colours which will give you some good pointers as to how to develop your own style. From there, you can collect swatches of fabric, wallpaper and paint samples inspired by your collection.
Painting yourself in to a corner
Grey is often described under the category of ‘neutral’ colours and as it’s essentially a mix of black and white, it can add some sophistication to a colour scheme. But, although grey is currently a colour trend, I have met an increasing number of people that have painted themselves in to a bit of a corner by decorating the whole room in it and realised that they haven’t felt quite comfortable – but don’t know why.
You only have to picture a gloomy grey sky with little light to imagine the dampening effect it might have on your mood. Similarly, too much of this colour will have that effect on how you feel in your home.
Grey is however, an excellent background colour from which to ‘bounce’ other vibrant and interesting colours – and this is the key for how to make it work. If decorating with grey, choose a lively accent colour, one that perhaps is brighter and more dynamic to bring your scheme to life.
From peppy reds to zingy orange, lime and yellow colours – choosing a more assertive colour to complement grey will add visual interest and create an eye-catching scheme.
Would you like to learn the secrets of creating a successful colour scheme?