This is an extract from Decorate - 1,000 inspirational design ideas for every room in you house, by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick. Published by Jacqui Small.
Colour is one of the most powerful of decorators’ tools. Relatively economical to use, fun to choose but also easy to get wrong, so some experimentation is a good idea.
- For instant impact paint one wall in a living room or bedroom in a bold, vivid colour. Choose the wall that will make the most dramatic statement.
- In a large room where you want to enhance a sense of enclosure and seclusion, opposing walls can be painted the same colour.
- You can add highly patterned wallpaper to one wall to create a feature in a room where there is no natural focal point.
- In a room dominated by neutral colours add in vivid contrast colour as accents on upholstery, cushions or artwork. Strong tones such as orange, citrus lime or red work well as vivid jolts of colour in this way.
- Infusing a room with bold colour is one of the best decorating tools to create an instant mood or a certain style. Think warm blues, hot pinks or sunshine yellows. They will all create a cosy space in a small room and detract from the room’s natural dimensions.
- Remember that red will always warm and enclose while white will always expand and lighten a space. When choosing paint colours, always opt for a shade or two lighter than what you are naturally drawn to. Paint chips often deceive.
- Steer away from brilliant white paint. It contains a blue caste that will make northern rooms dull and grey. Instead, opt for a standard white that includes a hint of pink pigment for maximum ‘whiteness’ on the finished wall.
Decorate (Reissue) by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick.
Photographs by Debi Treloar
Published by Jacqui Small