So far, it’s been a dreary, grey and cold January. It only starts to brighten up around 9am and it starts to get dark 6 hours later… *long sigh.* While you may be a minimalist supporter and prefer the neutral tones such as grey, white and beige, there are ways to subtly (and drastically) incorporate colour into your home to make it a happy one. It’s true that certain colours invoke particular reactions and feelings — just read the blog on what your colour choice says about your personality — but I strongly believe in colour when the weather is dark and depressing.
A bright area rug is a great place to begin with adding colour and warmth to your home. Whether this be your bedroom, living room, office, front hallway or even your kitchen, rugs can create a tasteful focal point and foundation with which you can build. Many designers claim that area rugs are the first thing to choose when designing a fabulous room. This is because as you complete the rest of your interior, you’re able to select colours and patterns from the rug which match or complement the rest of your colour scheme.
Since kitchens usually (but obviously not always) consist of white / pale neutral colours, a long rug (runner) can be a great way to incorporate colour and texture into this space. Kitchens can sometimes be mistaken as a purely only ‘functional room’, but they are equally as important as the rest in your house and pops of colour can have a positive affect against the sterile, crisp, clean white we so often see.
Home offices should naturally be where you prosper at your work, so choose a rug that won’t distract you too much, but also motivates you. Perhaps select a rug that has your favourite colours or a design which matches the rest of your room for consistency.
In your entranceway, a vibrant rug is an attractive touch because it’ll be one of the first things you see when you get home. If have bought a rug which has a combination of colours in a pattern that you adore, you’ll have no other choice than to smile when you arrive home each evening!
The beauty about lighting is that not only will it be a colourful focal point of your room, but when switched on, the shade covering the bulb will create a filtered, hazy, warm atmosphere which will make your home feel incredibly cosy and make your home extremely welcoming. Often, I prefer to have many shaded table and floor lamps compared to overhead lighting as sometimes pod lights can be harsh on the eyes and have a sterile-in-appearance affect.
This brushstroke lamp is a subtle way to introduce a royal blue into your home and with customisable lampshades, you can decide if you’d rather go for a clean and classic design or be more adventurous.
Yellow is one of those cheerful colours that is perfect for using in home accessories. It also makes for a great pairing colour with purple, white, navy, baby blue, maroon to brighten up a space instantly. When switched on at night, a warm-coloured lampshade or base will be magical in your home as the warm colour emphasised by the yellow filters through.
If you already own existing lamp bases and are looking to refresh them, invest in some lampshades that have a pattern / colour / trim combination you adore.
Art might be one of the obvious ways to incorporate colour, but it can be difficult to find the sizings and frames exactly right to look balanced in a room. However, borrowing colours from rugs and other accessories in your room can make finding art easier as you know what colour scheme to look for:
Gallery walls can be a great way to fill up a wall and also curate a collection of art, prints and drawings. You can either stick to one type and colour of frame, or you can adventure out of your interior comfort zone and select white, grey, black and wooden frames in a variety of sizes to help add elements of colour but also variety.
Photographic beach aerial prints are a great way to accomplish that Gray Malin aesthetic on a budget, plus you can order different sizes according to the wall space you are trying to fill:
Taking advantage and making use of colour and patterns in soft furnishings — such as throws, cushions and curtains — is paramount for adding colour to your home. The best part about moveable items like cushions and throws is that you’re able to mix and match throughout your home in other rooms simply by picking up and moving around your pieces. This flexibility keeps your design fresh and each room has the ability to be altered depending on the time of year.
Creating bespoke cushions with fabrics can be a fun, interesting and lasting way to create the colourful home you want. With fabrics, you often have endless options and the ability to add various trims, pompoms and other materials so the cushions and their designs are entirely your own.