The colour code to your office or home

January 23, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Wonderful whites

Screen_shot_2015-01-23_at_12.58.00_PM.pngWho’s heard the colour rule that white makes a room look bigger? That’s often the number one rule that people consider when interior decorating. And of course there’s nothing wrong with that. White can certainly help to make a room look and feel bigger, as it reflects light better than any other colour in the colour spectrum. If you are using a lot of white though, try breaking up the monotonous look of the room with some bright or dark coloured items.

Painting the ceiling white is virtually a given for most interior decorators. But if your ceiling is a bit more interesting than most (say, if it’s coffered or a barrel vault ceiling like what you might see in a fancy historic home), then this is a great opportunity to show it off with some colour. Think of the ceiling as your “fifth wall” and don’t be afraid to be daring!

 

Sophisticated dark colours

Screen_shot_2015-01-23_at_1.02.19_PM.pngIf you have a room with limited natural light, then you might want to steer clear of dark colours as it can produce a “cave-like” effect. Conversely, if you have a room with lots of windows that bathe the room in natural light, then painting one or more of the walls in a dark colour can look fantastic. Just make sure that you help to balance out the darkness with some light, bright furniture, curtains, or flooring.

 

Colour is child’s play

Screen_shot_2015-01-23_at_12.55.21_PM.pngOften people choose to paint their children’s bedrooms bright, stark primary colours - blue, yellow, red - or sometimes Barbie pink. Those are fine but don’t forget that there’s a whole spectrum of other colours and shades that you can choose from, with a little imagination. For example, you could use a mint green shade and then jazz the room up a little more with brightly coloured furniture or even some of your kids’ artistic paintings!

 

Colour combinations

Screen_shot_2015-01-23_at_12.56.18_PM.pngWhen it comes to painting houses, there’s a persistent myth that every room should have a completely different colour. But the overall effect can be quite overwhelming, and looks like you couldn’t make a decision at the Resene shop! To avoid turning your home into a colourful kaleidoscope, choose one colour palette and paint the walls using just that carefully selected scheme.