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Using colour in the home

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There seems to be something extremely satisfying about choosing the colours for your interior walls at home. Many of us spend hours pondering over what colours to choose and testing countless tester pots of basically the same thing. But colour is important. It creates moods, provides character and most importantly, can give an insight into the home owner’s personality. 

However, it seems that in most homes we seem to be scared of using bold colours. Alas, the interiors of many households are filled with the likes of ‘off white’. But why? 

Our serviced apartment Alison Court, proves that we need not be scared of colour. Many believe that colour can help improve your mental well-being and we certainly feel that our apartments will brighten anyone’s day! Below are our top tips on how to implement colours into your home.

  • Set your mood

Firstly, you need to work out what mood you want to create. Is it a place you want people to feel warm, cosy and comfortable, or somewhere refreshing and inspirational? 

Knowing what mood you want, will help you set the tone of colour you wish to choose. For areas of warmth you may want to use darker tones, whereas somewhere refreshing, pastel colours may spring to mind. 

  • Offset by finding you colour palette

Once you’ve picked your colour you will need to find your palette; essentially the other colours you want to use that work with it.

Using a mood board or colour wheel will help you find the colours that work with the one you have chosen. There are many ways to mix colours together and there are many tools online that can help with this. 

You will also need to think about whether you are looking to use lots of various versions of the same colour, or are you looking for contrasting colours that work together?

  • Think about lighting 

Colours can vary dramatically depending on the lighting in the room. Take for instance, how a pot of paint can look like one shade in the pot but looks completely different once you splash it across the wall. 

It is important to note what the lighting is like in your room; this will help you to not only understand how different the colour may look once on, but also how the colour itself can also affect the light. Some colours may draw rooms in and make them dark, others may open them too much and look almost clinical. That’s why it is always best to test a colour and leave it for a couple of days so you can see what it looks like at different times of the day (and through different weather patterns). 

  • Feature walls are your best friend 

If you have a low budget but are looking for a way to add a pop of colour, then a feature wall is a great alternative. 

By painting just one focal wall in your room, you are able to create added depth and a splash of colour to brighten even the gloomiest of days. 

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  • Accessorise 

To help create a theme in the room, the accessories around it must also adhere to the scheme. Accessories and furniture also play a crucial role in the final look and feel of a room, so these two must work with your chosen colours. It’s not to say you need to be strict and throw away every single item in your room and start again, but think about what you have in there already and if it works. You may just need one or two new centre pieces to finish everything off. 

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  • Be confident! 

Finally, what works for one person will not work for another. Not everyone likes the same thing and thats what makes us all unique. Be confident with what you have chosen! 

We hope you agree with the above. If you have any others, we would love to hear from you.

If bright colours are your thing, then have a look at our property Alison Court, a serviced apartment based in colour finished with a backdrop of colour and style.