Out with the old and in the with this season’s newest home design trends. As we say goodbye to copper accessories and all-white, all-marble interiors, we welcome in a combination of more vibrant colours, textures and patterns. Here are some of our top tips for designing your home and keeping on trend for the autumn/winter season 2017.

Be Bold with Colour-blocking

Catching our eye this season is colour-blocking on bedroom walls. If you’re looking to make a bold statement, choose bright, contrasting colours and get creative with geometric shapes. This top design trend has a great graphic edge, and is ideal for making that transition from autumn fall to winter blues.

Green is the New Black

This season is seeing an influx of nature-inspired designs, and dark, emerald greens are in. Team green up with a natural, rich wood in the kitchen, or go for a dramatic deep shade of green in the bedroom to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

Embracing the Outdoors

Yes, the summer months are well behind us now, but why not extend the outdoor season? Investing in a deep seating patio set and outdoor heater will allow you to combine cosiness with the fresh autumn air. Create a warm and welcoming outdoor space with a mix of textured throw pillows and blankets.  

Get in Touch with Nature

While you’re embracing the outdoors, bring the outdoors indoors too. Add life to your living room, kitchen or bathroom by decorating with plants, both big and small. Introducing a touch of ivy and holly is the perfect way to get in the festive feel this winter.

Picking paint colours for your home can seem like a daunting task, but don’t be put off – we’re here to help. Of course, it’s important to stay on trend, like we discussed in our blog – Home Design Trends Autumn/Winter 2017, but it’s also important to choose the colours you love. Be inspired by your favourite colours and base your colour scheme around the shades that look and feel right to you. Not sure where to start? We have put together some of our top tips for picking the perfect colours for your home.

Search for Inspiration

Catalogues and magazines are always helpful to have on hand when searching for inspiration. Going online also opens up a world of opportunity and new ideas. Retailer sites and painting company sites are filled with beautiful designs and colour schemes to fuel your creativity. Social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram provide an unlimited amount of ideas and top tips for painting your home. Get familiar with Pinterest’s ‘boards’ to categorize all your inspirations and share them with friends. If you feel you need an extra helping hand in the process, call on a colour-consultant to point you in the right direction.

Get to Know the Colour Wheel

Introduce yourself to colour theory and let the colour wheel do all the hard work for you. Check out Adobe’s online colour wheel to experiment with colours and see how they relate to one another. There are also a multitude of colour apps out there that can suggest either contrasting or complimenting colours for your palette.

Colour Psychology

Using colour psychology in the home is a useful strategy to ensure each room is painted specifically for its purpose. This powerful design tool that can be used to set desired moods and to create a positive atmosphere for your home. Choosing the right colours when painting your home can also influence the perception of its size and space. To learn more about active, passive and neutral colours, and how to apply colour psychology to painting your home, visit our blog post – Colour Psychology: Paint your home the perfect colour

Beware of Undertones

Hidden behind your favourite neutral colour could be a hint of purple you didn’t want, or even worse, didn’t realise until you painted the whole room. How do you avoid this recipe for disaster? Sample, sample, sample! Test how your paint colours look in certain spaces, light and in reflection to other aspects of your home.

Tip: Pay particular attention to lighting

Utilise the light boxes in paint shops to test out paint samples.

Keep in mind:

  1. Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone
  2. Natural daylight highlights the paint’s true colour
  3. Incandescent lighting brings out the colour’s yellow and warm tones

 

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Colour Psychology: Paint your home the perfect colour

Colour is a powerful design tool that can be used to set desired moods and to create a positive atmosphere for your home. Choosing the right colours when painting your home can also influence the perception of its size and space.

“What color you paint your walls isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. It’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior”, reports Leslie Harrington, color consultant in Old Greenwich, Conn.

Using colour psychology in the home will ensure each room is painted specifically for its purpose. Outlined below are some top tips on using active, passive and neutral colours to benefit each room of the house.

Active colours

Active colours such as red, orange and yellow are warm tones that can brighten large spaces, while simultaneously making them seem more welcoming and intimate.

Kitchens

Colour consultants suggest taking a trip down memory lane and using colours from your past. Recreating a kitchen colour scheme that is similar to the one you grew up in can help to build the perfect atmosphere for your home.
Red has been associated with influencing appetite and stimulating conversation. Although it is ideal for the kitchen or dining room, red is also associated with high blood pressure and irritability in other rooms of the house.

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Workout rooms

Orange colours are known to promote movement. However, orange and red tones also create feelings of heat. For this reason, blue-greens and yellow-greens are more suitable for creating a happy and cooling atmosphere that will extend workouts.

Passive colours

Colours such as blue, green and purple invoke a calming atmosphere in the home. Choosing the right passive colours can also create visual illusions, making small spaces seem larger as the colours visually extend the room.

Bedrooms

Blues, greens and lavenders create an air of relaxation in bedrooms. Use this technique to bring a sense of calmness and escapism to the room.

Tip: Painting a darker the hue of these colours produces a more prominent effect.

Offices

The colour blue is ideal for work spaces as it inspires productivity. However, green is becoming one of the most popular trends in home design as it is thought to promote concentration.

Bathrooms

Whites and warm colours are well-suited for bathrooms, not only because they are easy to clean, but they also evoke feelings of cleanliness and purity.

Neutral colours

Browns, greys, beiges, blacks and whites are great primary wall colours that can lay the foundations for a natural colour scheme.

Living rooms

Some may approach painting their living room similarly to their kitchen, by using warm red, orange and yellow tones. Alternatively, you could use more earthy tones.

Neutral tones act as a good basis for layering colours. Once you’ve chosen your primary wall colour, you can begin creating your colour scheme. Opt for more neutral colours on large spaces like walls and floors. Use calmer colours for furniture, and active colours to accessorize.

Using white paint on ceilings will also increase the perception of height in the room.

What next? Start planning your feature wall to add a splash of colour and design.

See our feature wall guide to find out how you can create a big impact with minimal time, money and risk.

Layering

Deep blues and browns are right on trend as far as colour combinations go. In terms of layering, neutral tones always act as a good basis for layering colours. Using calmer shades for large spaces like walls and floors will allow you to accessorize with your favourite bright colours. Adding a bold pop of colour to a neutral room can create a more sophisticated and modern edge.

Feature walls

These stylistic features are becoming more and more popular as they are a simple, inexpensive way to add flare to your room. Get creative with colour and texture by choosing a custom wallpaper that compliments the other colours in the room. Feature walls can also be both practical and pretty. Consider mosaic or tiles in the bathroom or create a visual illusion using mirrors.

Green is the new black

Colour consultants are raving about green this year. Becoming one of the most popular trends in home design, green mimics the tones of nature and can revitalize a room with its natural hues. Team your greenery up with some warm wood tones to create an inviting atmosphere to your room.

Giving life to laundry rooms

This year we are seeing a surge of home owners splashing out on their wash room. The most popular design trends are using smarter storage and introducing more light to lift the small rooms.

 

Feature walls, also known as accent walls, are a simple, inexpensive way to add flare to your room. By customizing just one wall, you can enhance the aesthetics of your room with minimal time and money. It also allows you to use you to make changes to your interior design without undergoing a whole home renovation.

These stylistic features allow you to get creative with colour, texture and materials. If you’re looking to experiment with your home design but don’t want to put your whole room at risk, feature walls are a perfect way to switch it up.

Bold accent colours

Adding a bold pop of colour to a neutral room can create a more sophisticated and modern edge.

**See our colour psychology blog for tips on how to create the right atmosphere with colour**

Feature walls are also an innovative way to define multi-functional spaces, like an apartment studio or home office. Warm, vibrant colours can effectively differentiate between living spaces, sleeping spaces, working spaces, etc.

Wallpaper

If you’re looking to integrate a more dramatic design as opposed to a solid hue, wallpapers are the perfect way to do so. Get creative with colour blocking by adding a floral design, stripes or a graphic pattern.

Choosing custom wallpapers will allow you to incorporate hues from other walls and features of the room. This is a great way to layer colours and patterns to create your ideal interior design.

Experiment with materials

Let your creativity flow when experimenting with different textures and materials.

Stone walls, such as exposed brick, are highly effective for a chimney breast and for drawing attention to a certain focal point.

If you want to create a visual illusion, accessorize with mirrors to make the room look bigger.

Feature walls can also be both practical and pretty. Consider mosaic or glass tiles in the bathroom to add colour and texture.