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How To Introduce Bold Colours To Your Home

Introducing bold new colours into your home can be a transformative experience for various reasons.

If you've recently felt an attraction to richer, more daring colour schemes, it might be more than just a desire to move away from neutral tones. Colour trends are generally cyclical, with periods of minimalism often followed by phases of bold experimentation. However, trends only partially explain our evolving preferences. Other factors also influence our choices. We react to changes in politics and culture. For instance, after enduring periods of economic hardship, wars, environmental crises, or pandemics, people often become more adventurous with their interior design choices.

Beyond these subconscious influences, we also have an emotional response to colour. We perceive colours not just with our eyes and minds but with our hearts. Colours bring joy and make everyday experiences more vibrant and inspiring.

If you're considering adding bold colours to your home, here are some starting tips:

1. Start Small: It's often easier to experiment with bold colours in smaller spaces. Consider starting with a pantry, or utility room to build your confidence.

2. Create a Mood Board: Collect ideas, swatches, samples, and photos over time. After a few weeks, you'll notice common themes that can help you decide on a colour scheme.

3. Use the 60-30-10 Rule: To balance colours, dedicate 60% of a space to your primary colour, 30% to a secondary colour, and 10% to an accent colour.

4. Test Large Samples: Introduce a large sample of your chosen colour into your space by painting a few pieces of A3 paper. Live with it for a few days to see how it changes under different lighting conditions. Adjust the intensity if it doesn't enhance the room.

5. Consider Psychological Effects: Different colours evoke different emotional responses. Soft pinks like Farrow & Ball's Setting Plaster feel nurturing, while stronger tones like Brinjal and Eating Room Red are warm and enveloping. Dark blues like Hague Blue promote peace, and dark greens like Studio Green suggest balance. Browns, such as London Clay, offer comfort and luxury, while ochre shades like India Yellow symbolise optimism and energy.

Brave colour choices are a celebration of life and its possibilities.

So, step out of your comfort zone, experiment with new colour schemes, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. It might just be the best decorating decision you ever make!


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