colour your home: how to find the colour palette you like

After having lived several years in Belgium I know that February is the month I like the least. Winters can be so long and grey that when it comes to February I really cannot take it anymore. I know spring is there but sometimes it just never seems to arrive.

Last year it was particularly hard and I realized so clearly how much colors and light could impact my mood and energy level.

So what better blog topic series for February than colours!

Colours on your walls can change the perception of your spaces, create a style and lift moods! Decorating with colours is also one of the easiest and somehow safest ways to impress your style to your interior. If you don’t like it or if you get tired of it, you can just repaint it over and start again. And if you don’t dare touching your walls you can limit paint to a few smaller spot or just use fabrics and accessories to colour your home.

The first thing is to find a colour palette that you like. You will probably already know what colours appeal to you so try to put them together and create your own palette.

You can do this by creating a colour-board with clips of papers, magazines and pictures you like and observe that they probably converge to a set of defined hues. You can look at the colours you like to wear (see below some of my wardrobe new entries for a colourful spring!).

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You can also use Pinterest and “pin” the pictures you like and see if you’re naturally drawn to a certain colour palette. Here below is my personal board “Favorite Colour Schemes” on Pinterest and you can see some coherence with the colours I like to wear!

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If you are not sure where to start, you can use the ready-made colours scheme that paint companies have put together. You can look at Levis, Farrow and Balls, Dulux and others for inspirations. A portfolio of beautiful interiors pictures makes it very easy to visualize the style that those colour combination can give to the house. You can use these combinations also for putting together accessories.

To simplify it, I believe there are two main approaches in the choice of wall colours:

1. Using a neutral palette with pale tones and play with their combination everywhere

2. Using a much stronger and bolder palette but limit it to a few specific walls

In both approaches it is important to put together two to four- five colours in your palette. More than five can be confusing and overwhelming.

In the neutral palette you can choose to apply the colours depending on the room and use a “ton-sur-ton” approach. In this case you choose not to have strong contrast but the ensemble is coherent and harmonious.

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In the bolder palette you will usually paint all the walls and ceilings in white (I prefer the white-white rather than a darker white in this case) and put the accent on certain walls by choosing a few strong colours.

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In small spaces you can afford to use darker and stronger colours although it can seem counterintuitive. As colour expert Joa Studholme states: “If you have a small, dark room and you paint it white, you will end up with a small, dark and dull room. It is much better to embrace the small space by using a strong rich colour and create an intimate, dramatic space. […] If you’re wary of using strong colours, use it in a small space or room you don’t frequent a lot – it can bring a real joy to glimpse something different through a door or even inside a cupboard.”

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Here above is the same toilet, white and dull before and grey and chic after!

Stay tuned for more tips and ideas on choosing colours. If you feel particularly lost and need support in choosing your colours, contact us at info@standingrenovation.com for a colour-session consultation.