Colour Your World
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Published by TOP4 Team
Choosing a new colour scheme can be fun, exciting and challenging so we’ve devoted the following nine pages to helping you select colours that will work for you. There are rooms featuring ever-popular blues, yellows and greens while others showcase the latest neutrals and new-look reds.
Painting a room is a chance to express yourself. Trust your instincts and choose colours you feel comfortable with or shades that create a certain mood. Take inspiration from these pages when planning and the result will be an easy-to-live with home that’s as individual as you are.
The broad range of luscious reds can dress interiors from classic to contemporary.
- Chinese or Ming red (a red/orange) works in traditional or Asian-inspired interiors.
- Pure red provides a playful punch in contemporary spaces.
- Brick reds shaded with black are at home in country spaces.
- Burgundy is a classic choice for traditional interiors, supplying a rich stage for formal furnishings.
- Purple-shaded reds are edgy, well suited to apartments and clean-lined contemporary spaces.
Blue is by far and away the most popular colour for the home. Vary the blue and you vary the style of the room.
-Pastel blues tend to look sweet and pretty, so they work nicely in nurseries.
-Smoky blue-grays supply traditional backdrops for classic furnishings.
- Deep navy blues form dramatic backdrops for modern, sophisticated spaces yet they combine well with work-shirt chambray for kids’ rooms and spaces.
- Mid-tone blues, such as cornflower, establish a country mood.
Green can be used in any space and because it’s nature’s colour, you’ll never tire of it - the same shade of green can take you from traditional to ultra-modern.
- Combine green with white for an easy-going fresh colour scheme that brings the garden inside.
- A mellow combo of pale greens and yellows is at home in a country setting.
- Spice up a green scheme with brights - apple green with lilac or raspberry; lime green with periwinkle blue or celadon with a mid-tone blue.
- Bring a room to life with apple green and orange - great in the kitchen or kids’ rooms. Adding brights makes a room appear more modern.
Neutral colours are a constant source of decorative inspiration and can be tailored to suit a modern minimal decor or a luxurious warm haven.
- Be bold with neutrals and add a dash of aqua for a room that is as fresh as it is sophisticated.
- Pale neutrals look fabulous with cherry blossom pink and sage greens. The addition of a pretty floral print fabric in matching shades spell a classic country garden theme.
- Turn neutrals into native. Jazz up the floor with a colourful tribal rug in earthy tones. Pick out a colour or two and repeat them in accessories dotted around the room.
Bring a welcoming glow into your home with the many warm and cheerful shades of yellow. Yellow can be bold without being overpowering, bringing light and warmth to even the dullest of rooms.
- Yellow and contrasting blue are always a hit and will work for a traditional country look. Buttermilk yellow and a soft powdery blue give a traditional look, sunny yellow and cornflower blue a mediterranean look.
- If you prefer a harmonious scheme, look for colours that lie next to yellow on the colour wheel such as green which makes a good accent colour.
- Team a strong accent colour such as warm red with yellow but use it sparingly or it will overpower the scheme.