Because not everything has to be all-white interiors…
It’s no secret that I love a neutral home. But I don’t want to deprive my home of all colour. Adding colour to a neutral home is surprisingly easy, as long as you stick to your true north’s when it comes to your interior style. I use to be a huge fan of everything nice, white and crisp. However, recently I’ve moved back towards the middle, embracing colour where I can. Here are my top tips for introducing colour into a neutral home…
LOOK FOR INSPIRATION AND A MOOD.
When first thinking about introducing colour into your home, you have to think about what mood you want to create in the room/ home. It isn’t just about one colour, it’s about using different tones to bring your ideas to life. Adding a pop of colour is not going to cut it, you need connective colours running throughout the home to tie the look together. If you need help, look for inspiration in magazine, books and Pinterest to get you started.
LAYER COLOURS AND TONES.
Layering colours and tones is a great way to incorporate colour into a neutral home. When I first started adding colour I started with one colour and eventually kept adding more and more colour. I find starting small with something like the back pillows on my bed, a throw and then gradually moving into much larger surfaces like my kitchen door. Once you start layering, keep going even if it feels a little scary. If you go too far, you can always take it away.
REMEMBER COLOUR CAN AFFECT YOUR MOOD.
I remember studying colour phycology back in GCSE art. It’s extraordinary how much certain colours can affect your mood. So when incorporating colour into your neutral home, consider the function of your room and how you want to feel when you’re in the room. Blues are calming, red can make you feel anxious and green can be energising and closer to nature. Whilst I would recommend going for a colour that you personally don’t like just because of a certain mood you want to feel, it’s certainly something you’ll want to consider when designing the room.
COLOUR IS PERSONAL.
Colour is very personal. We’ve all been a five-year-old with our favourites. Much like what I said above, you need to include certain colours that you love into your home that are going to make you feel positive. Not sure what colours you like? Look in your wardrobe. It’s full of items in the colours that you like. If you look in my wardrobe, it’s full of camels, pinks, navy and a few pops of red. These are the colours you’ll find in my home also.
COLOUR CAN BE ADDED IN THE MOST UNUSUAL OF WAYS.
Naturally, when you think of adding colour into your home, you think to scatter cushions, curtains and bedding. Colour can be added to a house if any type of way possible. Have you ever considered painting your floorboards in a pop of colour? Or perhaps investing in a brightly coloured headboard? I would always advise to start off slow and work your way up. Again, this is how I ended up with the pink door in my kitchen. Start small and build up. You’ll be surprised where you end up.
How will you add colour to your home?