For most of us, neutrals are the go-to palette for decorating. But adding accent colours in bright and bold tones is a sure-fire way to transform your home and complement large pieces, like your sofa – and it’s easier than you might think. Read on for simple tips on how to breathe life into your living spaces with colour…
Before you begin
Take stock of what you’ve already got in the room before you start. You might be set on adding a certain shade with a statement wall or armchair, but first check it won’t clash with the colours of any of the following focal points you already have…
How do you want your room to feel?
Next, consider what the room is for – for example, a welcoming reception area for friends or calming sleep-zone for the kids have very different needs. The right accent colours added to your existing base shade will help you achieve the perfect mood. Use this guide when choosing your colour scheme…
Warm accent colours are perfect for social settings, thanks to their stimulating qualities. Think autumnal shades like reds, oranges and browns. To create a cosy atmosphere in your living room, contrast your neutral sofa with a deep red footstool, or a love seat for snuggling up on. Choose a natural wood coffee table to add more texture to the space.
After a relaxing atmosphere? Choose accent colours in cool tones like blue, green and aqua. They’re versatile and work beautifully in bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. These colours won’t date, so see cool shades as long-term investments. For ultimate relaxation, go for a deep blue armchair in the lounge, and aqua-marine tiling in the bathroom.
A lick of paint or a swathe of wallpaper in a citrus hue will uplift any room. If you’ve got a home-office, adding yellow accents to your colour scheme will add a burst of calming energy to keep you focused. Make your space feel inspiring by complementing an oak desk with a bright coloured occasional chair.
Although sticking to one of two accent colours in a similar hue can be easier, colour clashing is a fun way to create an eye-catching space. Take a risk and combine a bright purple armchair with a sumptuous red sofa. Get creative with the options available to you – just remember that a little goes a long way.
Ready to add some home accessories? Check out our guide to choosing the right colour pieces for your home.