What is setting your soul on fire this season when it comes to the colour palette for rooms in your home? When you know it’s time for a change, sometimes it’s best to take a dramatic shift.
Thinking about the moods you want to evoke in the new season, choose colours that create spaces in your home where you feel tranquil, excited, thoughtful or creative. A colour palette is about more than just covering walls in paint. Prepare to stir those moods that are often trapped in the lifeless, dull and uninspiring décor.
If you want to create rooms where family and friends can find kinship in each other’s company, an earthy colour palette is a worthy choice. Rich ochre and terracotta tones are reminiscent of our ancestors sitting around a fire for warmth, telling stories of conquest, love and loss.
Tranquil Shades of Calm
If this season has seen you face trial and tribulation, enter a new place in your life with tranquil shades of calm to help you focus on any challenges ahead. Grey green creates a neutral balance in a room and works well in contrast with soft browns and sandy hues. These colours promote calmness and relaxation so are ideal for a chill-out room where you can go to shake off all the stress of the day.
There is no rule in home décor that says colours should never clash. In fact, a colour clash is sometimes what is needed to bring life into a space. The best part about this method of choosing a colour palette is that it’s easy to compare more colours side by side to see what works. Get creative using straight, vertical and horizontal stripes of colour on feature walls. These colour palettes also contrast well opposite plain walls.
Rich greens like the velvety skin of a fruit lend themselves perfectly to a room in which to reflect. If you often feel thoughtful and want a room to mirror your mood, deep colours will help you set the world on fire with your ideas and vision. These colours are bold, eloquent, and fierce. Choose deep greens, blues and exotic hues such as Amazon Queen to make a striking statement in small or medium spaces.
Strike a Balance
When choosing any colour palette it helps to keep in mind the intended purpose of a space and who will be using it from day to day. To strike a balance you may want to discuss your proposed colour palettes with family and friends. Sometimes a colour scheme will work better if you deepen or lighten hues, depending on the size of the room. Creating a space that everyone in your home can enjoy is a compromise worth making.
If a change in colour palette is too much for a room, you can also create contrast with framed pictures and furnishings. Explore every space as if you are looking at the room for the first time and try to visualize how the room will look when transformed. This is your adventure into a new season – be bold and consider colours in new ways to find a balance that compliments each room.
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