Colour Report 2019: Using colour in your home
9 January 2019
From homewares to decorating, the interiors world saw an explosion of colour in 2018 but is the maximalist trend here to stay in 2019? Yes – and it’s brighter and bolder than ever.
We’re here to help you add colour to your home with confidence so we’ve teamed up with interiors trailblazer Zoe Anderson from London’s design destination W.A.Green. Zoe has created a brilliant Colour Report 2019 that’s full of practical advice and tips – and we’re lucky enough to be able to share it with you.
Colour is timeless in Zoe’s eyes, but the ways in which you use it can differ. From colourful accents to bright pink ceilings, Zoe’s guide covers the inclusion of colour on every level.
Using colour in your home
Adding colour to your home can be a scary prospect and is something that requires some consideration. One of the joys of owning your own home is being able to display your personality around various rooms and experiment with your personal style. Colour is a very easy way of doing this and it doesn’t need to be brash or clashing. Zoe’s own home is the perfect example of using statement colours in a classic and chic way. It can be easy to stay safe and go for a neutral when starting out but over time this can become boring and could be less homely. There’s no need to be afraid. Here’s a few of Zoe’s top tips to help you find the right shade for your abode.
Consider how your room will be used
What room are you decorating and how will it be used? You should consider how much time you are going to be spending in a room and what you need it to give you. For example, you want your bedroom to be a relaxing space so typically pinks, greens and other calming shades work well. Kitchens and bathrooms can normally handle brighter colours like yellow or blue and this helps to make them feel clean and energising. Colour can also be specific to the size of a room as certain shades can make a room feel larger, or smaller. It’s good to make a room feel cosy, but you don’t want it to feel claustrophobic.
How does natural light affect the room?
Natural light can play a huge part in how a colour comes across in a room. Light colours tend to need a large amount of natural light to keep them feeling fresh and airy, while darker shades can generally handle areas with less sunshine. Embrace the light you have and choose colours to maximise the drama. Before taking the leap with your paint colour, paint it on a large roll of drawing paper and hang the rolls around the room in question. You can then easily see how the colour is affected throughout the day and in different areas. If you’re unsure of how a colour looks, or it’s looking a little bit murky, try a lighter shade or choose a contrasting colour to sit alongside it.
What are your favourite objects?
What colours are you already drawn to? Your current furniture and accessories should give you a pretty good indication of the colours you already like and the colours that they might pair well with. Group together objects and start researching shades that complement them. This little trick gives you a starting point and stops you from starting from scratch when your furniture doesn’t match your colour choice. The right selection will accentuate your objects and turn them into a feature.
Where do you seek inspiration?
Think about what inspires you outside of your home. The places you eat, what you like on Instagram, the colours of nature. Try creating a Pinterest board and see what colours jump out at you. This is the fun part. Create a mood board looking at your inspirations and imagine how you might feature them in a room. You may not even need to use the colour on your walls, but you might use it as an accent in your soft furnishings and find a complementing hue of paint or wallpaper.
W.A.Green is a design destination dedicated to bringing a curated yet fun edit of luxury homewares to the heart of Shoreditch, London. With an aim to bring a hit of ‘dopamine for the home’ founder Zoë Anderson has curated the store in-line with her belief that like fashion, personal moods and tastes can change with the season. It’s this view that has inspired her to present a continually evolving aesthetic based on evoking feelings of happiness inspired by her travels around Europe and California.e.
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