Choosing colours that you want in your home is always a tough decision. Spring has it’s foot in the door, and with spring comes change. For the majority of people, the size of a room is the biggest factor in choosing a wall colour and while some colours are more reliable than others – there is always room for exploration when it comes to painting your home! We have listed some of our favourite colours for decorating your space, be it big or small.
We will start off with the obvious. There is nothing that makes space quite the same way as beige. Neutrals will always be in fashion, although some more than others, and so beige is a colour that can always compliment a room. If you have a room with little natural light, a warm beige can make the room seem bigger, but also give it a cosy feel. If you’re fortunate enough to have a larger room, you have the option of putting in a cooler beige – which can make the room bigger and more airy, but also balance the room so it doesn’t become ‘stuffy’. Beige is a wonderful muted palette, so will often draw the eye away from the size of the room, and direct it toward the contents.
To give the illusion of creating more space, a room tends to need to showcase more light. Lighter colours, therefore, create bigger seeming spaces. Blondes and wheat colours are a great way to capture a positive, happy home. These warm, bright colours can change what may have been a small, drab space into something much brighter and happier. A sure way to bring a warmth into a cold corridor, or even bathroom. A softer yellow, or brown based gold are always perfect go-tos.
A soft charcoal, a cool grey-black colour is a sure way to create a cosier, and modern space in your home. Usually a smaller amount of these colours is better, opposed to painting a whole room charcoal you can focus it into one place – built in furniture, shelves or even an alcove. These cooler, darker colours can bring an industrial feel to your home, and they pair beautifully with metallic accents, bringing some reflection of light into the room. Soft charcoals can be used to create intimate spaces within a room, and if done correctly can be used to separate one part of a room from another.
Duck Egg is a beautiful blue-green, and you can get both rich shades as well as lighter, airy ones. In a smaller room this colour can be used to instantly elevate the taste of a room. Pairing wonderfully with rich browns and whites, so is welcome in most rooms. It can be easily incorporated into many colour schemes, making it the perfect substitute for a more conventional beige wall. Bringing a small dose of colour to a room, this cool toned blue-green is perfect for pairing with white accents and furniture to create a bright and relaxing atmosphere.
Coffee & Deep Brown
Deep browns can be beautiful in small spaces. Be sure to always make sure the colours you choose fit the space you’re decorating though! If you have a very small, dimly lit space, Coffee may be an overkill. In these cases, deep browns can be charming on any woodwork; skirting boards, door frames and doors especially. This helps create the illusion of higher ceilings. Deep browns can be very sophisticated, if you have any built-in storage, cupboards and cabinets, these can look beautiful if painted brown. Contrast with brighter colour (whites or even Duck Egg).
Teals & Greens
Back to blue-greens, this richer shade definitely brings colour and warmth to a room. While some blues can make a room seem cooler, the green in Teal allows the colour to make a room both cosy and up-to-date. Teals and greens are definitely statement colours – use it on an accent wall to create a wonderful focal point for a room, if you want a room to still seem spacious and open avoid painting all of your walls these colours, especially if you choose a darker shade. They are also perfect for pairing with woods, blonde wood furniture sits perfectly in front of these beautiful shades, and also lightens up the space. You can also use these walls as an extension of any plants you have indoors – if you have a green thumb, these might be the colours for you. Take a look t how beautifully this washroom is decorated…
Rust & Burnt Orange
One classic colour that often finds itself trending is Rust. This beautifully rich shade brown-orange can find it’s home in almost any space. Paired with creams and other earth tones it can create a stunning colour scheme very easily. A great, unique way to use rust in your smaller space is to paint your ceiling. You heard me! A great way to make a room seem wider/longer is to paint the ceiling in a shade darker than your walls, perhaps not a black, but burnt oranges are perfect.. Creating an intimate space without cutting any areas of the room off or making it too dark, these rust colours bring a lot of warmth and character to a room.
A staple, clean cut colour would be grey. Although we sometimes find that when walls are painted grey, especially a more matte finish, the room can become drab and dulled. If you’re choosing a grey make sure you choose a lighter colour to make the most of your space, and choose a finish that can reflect lots of light. You can also keep in mind the undertone of your paint – is it a blue grey, are there red undertones? How warm is the grey.