Just where do you start with colours???

If you’ve been following our Instagram feed recently (It’s @balmainandbalmain if you want to find us), you will have noticed that I’ve been posting lots of varied images that showcase the use of reds, yellows, blues, greens and pinks. Working with colours is great fun, but it’s often a subject that can seem daunting — “But I’m just no good with colours…” is a cry we’ve heard more than once when our customers are choosing what fabric to cover furniture with

Here’s a tip: colour isn’t something to be afraid of. Using colour is one of the most exciting elements of any design plan, but you really don’t have to get bogged down about colours not gelling together. They don’t all have to match and you don’t have to restrict yourself to a monotone palette — just because your walls are blue, doesn’t mean the curtains have to be too.

A room evolves with colour – and experimenting with it is part of the joy. Imagine the impact of introducing a bright red footstool or rug in an otherwise pale-hued room. It can give the room a central focus and offset the palette perfectly. While there are no hard and fast rules, it pays to consider the impact of your colour choices before you start with a major design change such as new curtains, paint or wall treatments. What looks good as a sample might not work when it’s scaled up, so don’t underestimate the impact of wallpapers and fabrics with bold pattern repeats.

Thinking of your rooms in a “seasonal” way can often help determine how you decorate — for example, a library, traditionally is an afternoon/evening room, so bringing the outside in with darker autumnal hues and bolder colours such as reds and browns will help envelop you and make it a warm, cosy place to be.

Similarly kitchens and morning rooms are often what you might think of as “spring” or “summer” rooms – they need to be bright, awake, crisp. Whites, yellows, lighter greens and blues often fit the bill.

Playing with colour is never a bad thing, but do try to make sure that your colours are complimentary rather than clashing. If you want to spend some time playing around with colours, have a look at a site that many professional graphic designers use — coolors.co. Choose your base colours and their shade, then hit the space bar — instant colour schemes right in front of your eyes. Caution: It’s quite addictive.

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