When it comes to interiors, there’s no denying the right hue can take a room from drab to fab. But let’s face it, there can be a fine line between bright and cheerful and “where are my sunglasses, panic room red?!” This fear of getting it wrong means most of us continue to play it safe and choose white, but what if we’re missing out on the perfect shade for the nursey or play room?
Aussie paint brand Taubmans has just launched their PAINT YOUR OWN ROOM tool, so now you can virtually test out colours before you commit. All you have to do is upload your photo, mark the wall and select the colour. Click HERE to have a go- it’s really is genius.
Before you give it a whirl, check out Taubmans’ 10 COMMANDMENTS OF COLOUR to narrow down your selection. Created by Brand Ambassador and interiors guru Shaynna Blaze, these tips will help debunk the common colour myths and give you the confidence to find the perfect tone for your home.
1. When picking your colour scheme get the proportions correct. The 60-30-10 rule is tried and true in interiors. Divide your room into 60 percent of a dominant colour, 30 percent of a secondary colour and 10 percent of an accent colour. You’ll capture your overall theme with the 60 percent hue, provide visual interest with the 30 percent colour and your 10 percent shade, much like jewellery, provides a little sparkle and pop.
2. Embrace the emotion of colour in your home. Before you choose a colour for your room, understand the emotional connection that you or your family have to certain hues. Some people might consider green a fun, energetic colour while others could associate it with negative connotations, like greed or envy. Colour is a personal medium so understanding what moods certain hues evoke in you will help narrow your colour choices.
3. For a visually striking room, choose complementary colours. Complementary colours are colours that are directly opposite from one another on the colour wheel, such as red and green, or blue and orange. Creating a palette using these complementary colours will create a formal and visually impactful room as the colours pop against each other. Try a complementary colour scheme first in a living room or dining room to get used to the vibrant effect.
4. For a casual feel, choose analogous colours. Analogous colours are situated next to each other on colour wheel such as blue and violet, or yellow and green. These are a great option for those seeking a not-so-daring interior design. A palette of analogous colours creates a restful and muted feel that is well suited for bedrooms, as it inspires rest and recovery.
5. Embrace bright colours to create the illusion of space. It’s a common misconception that using white is the only way to make a room look bigger. However, bright and vibrant colours can instantly add a feeling of space in your home if used correctly. To get this look right, it’s important to mirror the colour of your walls in your flooring. This doesn’t mean painting your floor fuchsia, but a rug in a similar tone will do the job well. This makes the room feel like one, big open space.
6. Manipulate space with the right colour combinations. When you’re painting a space there are many tricks you can play on the eye by simply using the right colours. The rule to remember is that cool colours appear to recede, whereas warm colours seem to come towards you. So to make a space seem bigger, use a cool colour on the walls, but to make a large room seem cosier, use warm colours.
7. Add sophistication to a playful colour palette using black. To use bright colours in your home, without creating a childish feeling interior, add a few elements of black around the room. A lampshade, coffee table or a picture frame, for example. This will clarify and enhance all the colours in the room, to lend a sophisticated edge.
8. Warm up or cool down your home with colour. Deep and rich autumnal tones like reds, oranges and yellows traditionally create a feeling of warmth and welcoming. For a modern twist, be bold and select an intense shade of indigo to create the same feel – the hint of red in indigo actually makes it a warm blue! Use cooler colour schemes like greens, blues and grey-based pastels to create a fresher, cleaner colour palette. White and blue is a popular choice for beachside homes as it creates a bright and breezy feel, but you can warm up this cool palette and soften the sharp contrasts with natural timbers, like oak or pine.
9. A neutral palette can still be impactful. It’s a misconception that a neutral colour scheme is boring or unadventurous. However the key to creating interest is to remember that neutrals don’t have to be just beige, tan or white. Consider warm golds, rich camel browns or shades of grey paired with black and chocolate brown to put a fun twist on everyday neutrals.
10. Use colours from your past as inspiration. Inspiration can be found from all around you but the most impactful choices can be colours from childhood that remind you of fond memories. Translating a colour from happy memory to your interiors will create a positive atmosphere in your room.