Colour Theory: Decorating Schemes with Strong Colours
17 March 2023
The best way to bring in brighter hues without overwhelming your space…
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with decorating your home with calming neutral tones and soothing off-whites, sometimes life calls for a splash of colour. There’s no better way to brighten up a room than by giving it a colourful makeover - the thousands of unique and vibrant shades available on the market welcome the chance to be experimental, creative and have fun whilst decorating your interior.
Here’s our guide to using bright colours to style your space, including some of the paints and style secrets we’ve used to create our own photo studios over the years.
It should come as no surprise then that eco plant-based, water-based and water-borne paints contain lower levels of VOCs(Volatile Organic Compounds) and pose far less risk to our health and planet.
Luckily, just like conventional paints, eco paints come in a wide-range of finishes. As well as emulsions, interior and exterior solutions, masonry paints and primers, you can also find hard-wearing, wipeable natural paints on the market (not to mention a great selection of colours and shades).
Hicks' Blue 208 - Little Greene
Blue tones are always a great option: versatile, dependable and effective. There are hundreds of different blues out there so you shouldn’t have a problem finding the perfect tone for your intended space.
We used Hicks' Blue by Little Greene previously for a photoshoot and love its understated yet impactful tone. Reminiscent of a regal colour palette, Hicks' Blue provides the perfect backdrop for our iconic Skipper Pendant in oak and our Beeble Pouffe in the Hallingdal fabric.
Top tip: Avoid clashing yellow, peach and green shades with blue - unless you intend to achieve a primary colour theme in your space.
Add zing with lemon tones. Whilst yellow can often be shied away from within homes, it can be a beautiful, happy tone that adds personality to your space. You can go bold with sunshine yellow, or subtle with a slight off white.
This tone of yellow works perfect with our handcrafted lighting range, whether you opt for ash, oak or walnut. Well suited to refreshing spaces, India Yellow suits perfectly within bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces.
Top tip: consider how your accessories will contrast or harmonise with the yellow. For high contrast spaces, opt for bold blues but for neutral spaces, pared back tones are a great choice.
A year round beauty – red is the gift that keeps on giving. You can dress your space up with deep greens for a cosy, Christmas scene or you can create contrast with cool toned accessories.
Primer Red by Annie Sloane offers a versatile solution to any space down to it’s easy to style nature. The right lighting design can add depth and texture to your crimson wall to create an artistic statement. Well suited to soothing bedroom interiors or welcoming living spaces this striking tone cocoons you in comfort.
Top tip: When painting smaller interiors a deep done, paint your ceiling and a feature wall the same colour to elongate the space.
Oxford Stone and Sulking Room Pink (dappled effect) - Farrow & Ball
Pink is the ultimate soothing tone. Not only is is scientifically proven to provide a sense of calm, it is a neutral tone that is easy to style - making it a perfect bedroom and living room colour.
Using the dappled effect when painting will create beautiful texture that will create an understated, feature wall. Whether you want to lean in to the pastel tones to create a peaches and dream bedroom space or create contrast with bold colour - your home will always look pretty in pink.
Top tip: Pair your pink interior with wooden tones to create a idyllic Scandi inspired space.