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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.
Flooring helps build the overall feel of the area. Quality flooring looks nicer, is more durable, lasts longer and will help increase the value of your home. Floorboards are a timeless piece that work well with most colour schemes.
Save on your area rugs. Rugs warm up an otherwise stark room and add some much needed colour. However, it also spends its entire life being trodden on and suffering from spilt food or drink. Saving on your rug means when the time comes to replace it, it’s not such a loss. You also have the opportunity to purchase a new rug in interesting colours or textures.
It is widely agreed you should never skimp on your living room couches. A great couch is not only more attractive, but it is also more comfortable and durable, and should last you many years. Buy the best couch that you can afford.
Spend some money on your curtains. They will look better, last longer, and with proper block-out qualities can help reduce your heating and cooling bills.
Splurge on your coffee table if you plan it to be a feature piece. There are some stunning designs that can really lift the mood of a room and look amazing, however…
…you can save on coffee tables too! Inexpensive tables can still look fantastic and their functionality remains the same. Flea market tables only need a coat of paint for an instant update, and with the modern industrial trend on the rise, it is easier than ever to find something wonderful for your home. Table accents, paintings and clocks can all be picked up at a lower cost too.
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