Loud and colourful: the personal touch

1Whilst we can often speak of soft, neutral tones and the urge to create a quiet atmosphere, there’s nothing wrong with being louder on occasion.

Strong and bright colours can often have their uses, if used correctly. You don’t want to overdo it, yet the right suggestion of colour can change a room’s atmosphere, making it much more alive and inviting.

To this end, here is a quick guide to adding some colour into a room. The trick is to not over do it and to learn where to add this colour without ruining the existing atmosphere.

Splashing colour

If you’re looking to add something more lively and upbeat to any room then colour is the easiest option. Traditionally, you would look at walls and floors to determine where to add colour but there are better ways to get someone’s attention when they walk into the room.

Furniture, for instance, is typically large and fills most rooms. It’s what defines a room’s purpose; you can tell from the furniture in a room where you are in the house. In the humble kitchen, by way of an example, you are most likely to find bar stools. These are typically wooden or plain coloured items which add little to any colour palette.

Yet this is where a splash of colour can bring extra amounts of life to the room. A bright coloured piece of furniture can add a sense of colour which contrasts against the larger room’s blander palette.

Limiting the effect

As you may have guessed, the key here is to not overdo it. This is why utilising furniture more intuitively is better than repainting the walls. Painting the walls, or even a single wall, makes a very bold statement. It’s very noticeable when you walk into the room and for as long as you’re in there. Whilst you might like a certain colour, too much of it can make a room uninviting for those who don’t share your passion.

Likewise, keeping the room in more traditional and acceptable colours overall is useful if you ever want to move or sell the house. Abstract or unusual colours on the walls can deter potential buyers but if you use furniture, you can avoid this. Additionally, you also get to take your furniture with you allowing you to keep the colour scheme in your new home.

Colour theory

With all this in mind, you should still pay attention to basic colour theory. A bright colour that contrasts against your existing scheme is going to be much more noticeable than a colour that complements it. This may be advantageous for the look you’re going for but is riskier. Complementing colours suit each other whereas colours that clash on the colour wheel don’t always work so you need to pay close attention to this when making your decision.

The ultra modern look works because it combines white and black. The sheer contrast adds dramatic and sharp lines to any room, giving definition. Adding another loud colour here could cause problems with the original look, so you need to be careful and experiment with different balances of colour until you get it right.

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