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Being bold with colour
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Being bold with colour

While changing the appearance of your home with a lick of paint is, in theory, an easy task, many people shy away from using stronger colours for fear of getting it wrong. And indeed, an ill-thought out colour scheme can make a room look smaller or darker or colder. No arguments there. Yet changing the colour of your walls with paint, wallpaper, exposed brick, wood cladding, even just one ‘accent’ wall, can totally transform a room. Feature walls remain a strong interior design trend and are a really effective way of bringing colour and interest in to a room.

And yes, cool neutral shades, including the currently ubiquitous greys, will never go out of fashion. But a carefully chosen colour or wallpaper, done well (no scrimping on the preparation!) will look good for years to come. There are themes in interior design that come round again and again, just as they do in clothing fashions. So here a couple of current trends that we think are worth considering.

Gothic. Not black walls and cobwebs, Halloween’s long gone. Think rich colours such as navy, charcoal and indigo. There are lots of beautiful rich blues and indigo shades available in paint and wallpaper and these look fantastic in rooms of any size. Do exercise caution if you are working with a very small space such as a hallway; you may want to stick to one feature wall and balance the colour with careful lighting and furniture. A glass or mirrored console table for example, will reflect light and look great to boot.

Darker shades also work well in bedrooms, and can be offset with light-coloured bed linen and curtains if full-on Gothic is too much for you. But if you prefer your bedroom to be cocoon-like, you don’t have to limit the colour to one wall. Embrace the trend, be bold and paint or paper the whole room.

Art deco glamour. Another trend that never really goes out of fashion and one that also works very well in bedrooms as it provides a classically elegant boudoir style. Glossy mirrored or glass surfaces sit alongside luxurious textiles. A shimmery metallic paint finish or wallpaper on a feature wall looks fantastic as it adds colour and interest and will also allow natural light to bounce back around the room, even if you are using a darker colour. Or a paint with a suede-like matt finish will contrast beautifully with glossy accessories.

So don’t be shy, bring some colour in your home, and you might find you get a taste for it!

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