There are some people who are afraid to use colour in their homes, they don’t want to be overwhelmed, they’ve seen other people use colour with bad results or any number of reasons. But there is no reason you can’t incorporate more colour into your home décor with incredible results. Below are 8 tips for using colour in your home interior decorating scheme so you too can have a beautiful and colourful home. I have found that using curtains is a great way to add colour, warmth and that cosy feel to your home.
- Three colours in a scheme. The rule of thumb is to use three colours in a room to create the colour scheme. While it is permissible to use more or less, if you’re a novice and worried about trying colour for the first time we suggest sticking to the three colour rule and trying it in about a 60/30/10 ratio. This could include the curtains, walls and sofa. Curtains can add a vibrant focal point to a room and should be carefully considered when planning a room. You are best off buying for a curtain shop as they will have a wide range that meets your requirements.
- If your home is small or there isn’t a lot of light you’ll want to stay away from dark colours or even ones that have a darker undertone. Look for colours that seem to have a lot of light or even white in them to brighten the room and to give the appearance of space. If you opt for colour on the walls you may choose a more neutral curtain to balance the room out.
- Bring out depth and excitement by introducing more texture and patterns to the room. Try exciting artwork, textured throws and of course patterned or plain curtains. Updating curtains are one of the quickest and cheapest ways to brighten up a room using colour. You can also add coloured or tassled tie backs for those extra touches. Ochre is very popular at the moment and can lift a room. It looks great with a grey colour scheme too.
- Use trendy colours in moderation as they tend to be a bit bold and can easily overpower a room, so if you have your heart set on the latest colour trend, try using it in the accessories and order linen curtains online from Yorkshire Linen which can be delivered to your door-step. This allows you to update the colour scheme every few years without redecorating which saves money and also allows you to keep up with the latest home trends.
- In bedrooms, new curtains and bedding instantly transform a room and this keeps things fresh and allows you to experiment with different looks. It is also a great tip for when children grow older and want a new look. The transistion from child room to teen den can be effortlessly made with curtains. Blackout curtains are really practical for bedrooms especially if you have the sun rising through your window. If you want children to sleep for longer then blackout lining or blinds is a gamechanger!
- If you are opting to paint an entire room a lighter neutral tone. Then use your curtains as a focal point, you can opt for eyelet or pencil pleat curtains depending on the rest of your style. Eyelet curtains look great if you also invest in a nice curtain pole.
- If you’re still a little afraid of colour, try easing into it with some accessories. Purchasing colorful accessories is rather inexpensive and can be changed quickly. Making them is even less costly and imbues a little more commitment to the colour.
The above tips should help you create a beautiful interior decorating scheme filled with harmonious colour. But remember, if you dive in too quickly and do something you’re uncomfortable with you’re more apt to dislike the outcome. Start slowly and work up to a houseful of colour.