Bright, vibrant colours. Rich, touchable textures. When you want to add more visual appeal to your home it’s all about creating a complex harmony within an orchestra of fabrics and hues.
The goal when introducing colour and textures to your home decor is to strike a perfect balance between what is visually interesting and what is busy and overwhelming. The trick is to throw in a few bold colours and patterns that catch the eye, while also giving space to neutral tones that add calm and serenity.
Being Brave with Colour and Texture
Many homeowners are nervous about mixing colour and texture as they are worried about creating a room that feels too “busy.” However, to really amp up your home decor you need to be willing to experiment.
Start being brave with colour and texture, even if it means buying one vibrantly patterned cushion, sheepskin rug or burlap lampshade. Or, perhaps consider introducing wallpaper to one or all of the walls, which could be patterned or even a fabric finish.
Once you start adding colours and textures to the room one by one you will feel more confident in your choices and you will start to see the room taking shape.
Sections of the Home
When choosing colours and textures, think about the sections of your home and their purposes. For example, a living space is a calm, relaxing zone so look for soft textures such as suede and wool as well as calming natural materials like wood or stone.
The kitchen is a space of energy, social activity, cooking and eating – often the hub of activity in the home. Whites and greys are the most popular kitchen colours with an island or wall units often in a different colour or material. Navy works really well in the kitchen too.
Bathrooms are places to relax and pamper yourself, so they work well with colours that encourage serenity such as neutral tones, greys and blues. Using stone or a stone composite on counters or even walls and floors can add that extra sense of luxury.
Choosing the Right Colour
There are ranges of different types of colour palettes you can choose from when selecting colours for your home. Some designs feature a range of subtly different shades of the same hue, such as a bathroom decorated in various shades of blues and blue-greens. This can be very calming to the eye. Also, if there is one item of contrasting colour, such as a bright yellow flower vase, it will be a very bold and visually powerful statement.
Other colour schemes create a balance between colours on different sides of the colour wheel. They can include opposite contrasting colours, colours next to each other and any combination thereof.
The idea is that any colour becomes more dramatic when contrasted against its opposite, such as a bright red cushion or throw blanket on a pale green sofa.
Are you brave enough to introduce metallic tones and textures into your home? A touch of glimmering metal can add a lot of glamour to your space, but if you add too much it can be overwhelming. Start small, you can always add more later. You can read more about adding metals in our blog post here.
Make sure you balance out any metallic objects with softer textures such as velvet, wool and linen. Brass will pair well with richer dark tones such as purple, navy or black, while stainless steel or chrome will look better alongside cooler light tones like white, grey and blue.
The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Colours
Here are some simple rules to apply when choosing colours for your home:
> Do conduct some research into how colours make you feel. For example, blue is relaxing, red is energising, yellow is happy.
> Don’t assume that the colour in the paint tin will look exactly the same on your wall. Most paints often look darker when they dry so always paint a sample on the wall before committing to your final colour.
> Do consider the lighting in the space and whether the colours will be most often viewed in natural light or artificial light.
Most of all, have fun experimenting with colour and texture in your home. It’s your space and you can design it in any way that makes you happy.
You can always contact Granit’s interior design team if you would like the help of a professional interior designer.