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“Feature walls, as in one wall picked out in a room, really are a thing of the past,” Haymes Paint Colour and Concept Manager Wendy Rennie said.
What is on the rise is the method of ‘colour blocking’.
“Colour blocking allows you to layer colour through a home where a few rooms are treated differently, so some are lighter and darker in tone depending on the space, but essentially the whole room is one colour instead of one wall,” Wendy said.
“Then, other colours from soft furnishing and materials can inject colour in many different and interesting ways.”
Colour blocking allows you to add layer and depth to your home. It can add a beautiful flow, and creates subtle, seamless boundaries.
The main ‘rule’ when selecting the paint for your home is to avoid using a colour in a room that isn’t appropriate for the space.
A perfect example of this is to really think about how the space is going to be used. If it is a calming and relaxing area, head towards soft blues, browns or greens. If you are going to be entertaining you may want more of an energetic feel, so look at your reds, oranges and yellows.
Keep in mind that darker colours will generally make a room feel smaller, while lighter colours will make it seem larger.
“Lighter colour in living areas and open plan designs can really help make the space feel more diverse,” Wendy said. “Alternatively for second living areas or bedrooms where you prefer a more intimate feel a darker tone can really help make the room feel cosier and more inviting.”
Wendy loves the use of a monochromatic palette.
“Start with a lighter colour then progressively use darker colours through various rooms of the house as you go,” she said. “It creates a fantastic a beautiful flow throughout, adding layers and depth.”
Another key aspect of colour blocking is utilising the colours of your furnishings.
Cushions, rugs, décor and furniture can all be purchased in bright, bold colours and patterns to inject colour and create a truly beautiful space. You can also choose complementary colours for a more subtle look.
For more colour advice for your home, visit Haymes Paint here.
Zoning is the most effective way to utilise space. Separate your desired areas using tiles, floorboards or grass, and create natural boundaries with plants or in-built seating. Zoning provides structure and maximises space.
A beautiful backyard always requires some greenery, but it can take up precious space. So if you can’t go out, why not go up? Using the same principle as a double storey home, save ground space by using your walls and fences to hang plants and décor from.
Having matching tiles or floorboards flow from inside to outside makes you feel as though you are in one giant area. Bifold doors can open it further, and instantly increases the imagined size of both the outside, and inside, of your home.
Matching the colours and textures of your backyard tiles to your home not only looks nice, but makes the area appear bigger. Larger tiles also give the illusion there is more space than what there actually is.
Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here for more information on utilising space!