Creating Your Home Colour Palette

Home is where the heart is.

Many homeowners, particularly first time home owners like myself, revel in the thought of expressing themselves through interior design. A person’s abode is a true depiction of their personality; which doesn’t imply much about myself as I have a fairly monochromatic home.

It’s hard to miss when you walk through the door. Hues of grey, white and black run through every aspect of my home. From the bed linen to photo frames, I’m very specific about the colours I choose to incorporate into the decor.

I’m no interior designer, by any means, but I know the struggles of deciding on a colour palette. Some colours go out of style, others are hard to maintain. However, continuously changing the colour palette of your home can be an expensive task so I’ve included a few strategies which I have used when picking the colours of my home:

Stick to no more than three colours

To keep things cohesive, try sticking to no more than three colours. This may sound limiting, but overpowering your home with too many colours can turn a beautiful space into a chaotic mess. Sticking to a maximum of three colours allows for variation without being overpowering and tacky. This also bodes well for your bank balance. I love pink, but I know that it doesn’t fit into the colour scheme of my home. So rather than spending unnecessary money on an overly priced pretty pink pillow, I put it out of my mind knowing that it has no place in my home.

Keep the base neutral

Neutral colours doesn’t just stop at white. Neutral colours can be anything which carries other colours well. Muted grey, cream, or even black – there are an array of colours you can chose from. A neutral base will offset the other two colours you incorporate into your home. This is the colour that at least half of your home will be dressed or painted in so it’s important to avoid anything too crazy. I’ve chosen white to bring in additional light as my home is quite shaded. It makes rooms appear larger, cleaner and more streamlined. However, white can seem too clinical for some people. Pick a shade that makes you happy, but will frame your other colours beautifully.

Stick with what you have

If your home has beautiful beams or rustic exposed brick, don’t avoid the inevitable. Working with the natural aesthetics of your home can enhance its natural beauty. Use these attributes as one of your core colours and work your decor around them.

Start with the biggest, most centrally located room

For my home, it’s the living room. We, however, began our renovations with the bedrooms, but since gutting out our living space, we found ourselves switching up aspects of the bedrooms. Beginning with the most lived in space in your home gives you a feel for how you want the rest of your home to be. I knew that I wanted a luxe feel in my living room – opting for a very large feature wall. This allowed me to leave the bedrooms slightly more simple and fresh feeling.

Set the mood

Colour enhances your mood. If you want a tranquil space – using light and calming colours will help you achieve that. Cinema rooms use deep, dark colours to give that cozy vibe. Whatever your room, choosing a colour according to how you want to feel in that room will work out best (Marie Kondo would be so proud).

Avoid trends

Leopard print might be the trend of choice if you’re Kat Slater, but will it work in 10 years time? I grew up in an era of green bathrooms and red carpets. Although trends nowadays are a lot more subtle (enter rose gold accents), try to steer away from trends. Keep things classy and timeless.

Make it flow

Cohesive is the choice of word here. Although each room can be as individual as the person who spends the most time in it, try to pick attributes that ties in that room with the rest of the house. Pay particular attention to connecting spaces. If you have an open-plan kitchen, do you want your dining space to be a completely different vibe? Hallways that separate rooms need marinate individual styles. If you’re standing in one room and can see into another, you’ll want to make sure that the styles match i.e. similar wall colour.

Layering with hues

Also known as a temperature family. It’s almost impossible to stick to the same shade of colour with every accent you add to your home. I have a variation of grey in my home – from silver to deep slate. Layering with different hues of the same colour adds depth and variation without straying from your three chosen colours. I have a lot of grey in my living room, but I keep it interesting by offsetting my deep slate grey wall with light grey carpet and silver accessories.

Lighting is everything

Lighting is key when it comes to your home’s colour palette. You need to consider the lighting in your home. I have cool white lighting EVERYWHERE so my stark white walls can look very abrasive. I warm the tone with plush accessories, metal-themed decorations and dark furniture. Consider how your colour palette will look under your lighting. Cream/yellowish walls can look dated under warm lighting, however, red works best with warmer lighting.

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