As much as I have loved the beautiful muted and soothing monochrome and neutral tones of the last few years, I’m excited to announce that colour is back, and it is back in a big way.
If you have taken notice of the latest home magazines, design blogs, and even the paint product ads on TV, you probably would have seen not just the explosion of colours, but an explosion of patterns, layers and even florals: and that’s just in one room.
There is something about colour that oozes personality, whether it be rich, velvet, moody blues teamed with brass tones or teal paired with millennial pink: colour tells a story. It reveals the mood and personality of the owners. It shows confidence, energy and character. Colour is the great equaliser because it becomes less about what is in fashion and more about what speaks to your soul. The true designer knows how to use colour, either as standout feature or a subtle undertone. The room itself becomes a canvas where the artist is surrounding themselves with tones and hues to reveal the true character.
Not only does it take a great deal of confidence to be able to pull off a room like this, it also takes a general understanding of balance and how colours work. Sounds confusing? Well here are some basic rules to follow when using colour.
Monochromatic: One colour, but in various shades or hues used together. This is generally considered a relaxed, smooth or even muted colour scheme.
Complimentary: These are colours that are found on the opposite side of the colour wheel. When used together, complimentary colours appear brighter and stand out more.
Triadic: Three colours that are equally spaced around the colour wheel. This is where the 60:30:10 rule and colour wheel work well together.