Using Colour in Your Space

Using Colour in Your Space

I’m not afraid of using colour on the walls in my interior design solutions for the right client, in the right circumstances. The right circumstances for using colour in a space include what the client’s style goal is and what kind of natural light the space receives. The power of colour in a space is undeniable, so I wanted to share my tips for using colour.

Style goal

Some interior styles suit colour more than others. Coastal styles like white walls but other styles such as French Provincial suit colour. But when I work with clients their style goal is more nuanced and individual. For example with a current client their style goal is luxurious Indian hotel and a previous client wanted a moody Batman inspired space.

Natural light

Whenever I work in a space that receives a lot of natural light, I always ask my client to consider painting the walls a colour other than white. Even a neutral colour like grey or taupe. Due to the power of colour it’s a dynamic way to make an impact and change the look and feel of the room in one fell swoop.

Emotional impact

There is scientific evidence about the impact of colour on your mood. I am working with a client who loves deep colours like emerald green and royal blue. I suggested a deep blue for their front formal living room and they wanted a deep green with jewel undertones in the bedroom.

While the husband thought this was awesome. The wife thought that this would be noisy and chaotic. The opposite of what she wanted for the bedroom which was a calm mood.

This was interesting because blue and green are colours associated with calmness, nature and rejuvenation. But everyone sees and feels the impact of colour differently.

Longevity of certain colours

Remember when sage was ‘in’ well I haven’t seen much of it in the last year so I guess it’s no longer on trend so when deciding to use a colour in your space avoid colours on trend. Choose a colour you love and suits your style goal.

The power of colour means you can make a vibrant change in your home to create a unique space. Choosing a colour that is a complete reflection of you and your personal style. When I work with clients who want a dynamic colour, it’s a staged approached.

Painting a wall takes time and comes together slowly. Some clients love it and some take time to adjust because initially the change is so huge. But over time the colour fades into the background as the clients get used to it.

For this reason and all the other reason that confirm the power of colour, it’s definitely worth considering. With the caveat of avoiding on trend colours that will date. Admittedly this might be inevitable over time but if you focus on choosing a colour that is deeply personal to you it will stand the test of time. Especially if your furniture and furnishing work with your colour of choice.


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