5 tips to help when choosing a colour palette for your home *

If you are wondering where to start when to choosing a new colour palette for your home, here are five tips designed to give you the confidence to get started whether you are considering a neutral palette or are looking at a something a bit bolder and brighter.

1. Choose a palette that inspires you

Inspiration is everywhere and although there is an endless supply of interiors inspiration on social media, don’t feel obliged to follow trends that are pushed upon us through these platforms, instead I would suggest choose a colour palette that is more personal to you – it will last longer and mean something to you. As an interior designer based in Norfolk, the scenery often inspires the colours I use in my work. I love to look at the colour contrasts that nature brings as well as the agricultural landscape of Norfolk and the surrounding counties. There is always an abundance of colours throughout the seasons. Above is an example of a colour palette I put together for my own home, inspired by the farm buildings and frosty meadow views right on my doorstep.

Here are some other ideas that you can use to draw inspiration from:

Art work

Incredible interiors designers Studio Ashby have a moto ‘Start with the Art’ it is a great piece of advice and if you have a piece of artwork that you are keen to showcase, it is a great place to build a palette from.

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Fashion

There are so many areas of fashion that can inspire interiors, look at colour palettes throughout your favourite shops, often these are merchandised to tell a colour story and the designers and buying teams will have done the hard work curating a perfect palette for you!

Travel

Maybe you have photos from a holiday that you loved – use those to inform your palette and let your newly decorated room transport you right back every time you walk into your room!

A Favourite colour

Do you have a favourite colour that you want to use everywhere? Using and single colour in different shades can make quite a statement. This kind of styling works really well in a bathroom for example where you can use different shades of the same colour, the differentiation comes from the textures that you use – paint colour, ceramic tiles, blinds, bathroom textiles (towels and bath matts) it is an easy way to created a rich, layered interior read more on colour palettes here.

2. A colour palette isn’t just about paint

Remember that a colour scheme isn’t just about the colour on your walls – there are plenty of ways you can splash colour throughout a room, home or workspace. Always layer up colour by using different textures to develop a scheme. There are many ways you can create a layered palette – consider using furniture, textiles, artwork, glassware and accessories, picture frames and objects as well as joinery, wallpaper and paint colour to fulfil a palette and spread it throughout a space. You can read more about this in my blog post ‘How to use different elements to create a layered colour palette’.

3. Consider using a scheme that runs throughout the house or to zone the space

By choosing a palette that you use throughout more than one room does not need to mean making each room look exactly the same! Instead, you could choose a dominant colour from a piece of art work in one room and link it through to the next room by using a throw, cushions, or by painting the walls in a similar shade. By spreading a palette throughout a larger space ensures you do not go too matchy matchy. This idea works really well in open plan spaces that you might want to define. Choosing the tone of the wood you use in bookshelves for example, might be a similar tone or shade to the paint you have used elsewhere in the room. It fits the palette, but can be used to clearly define a space and bring in a different texture.

4. Larger colour palettes are less restrictive

It is easy to start with a small colour palette, 3 colours works well and means you can have one neutral and then two colours as an accent. It keeps things simple and isn’t too daunting, but by adding a fourth or fifth colour, it actually makes it easier in the long run. It makes a palette less restrictive and means you can have even more fun with colour! It is not a reason however, to use every colour in equal parts! It works best when you to split the colour out and use neutrals as base, a couple of highlight colours and then you can have fun with accents with some slightly stronger shades.

5. Neutral does not have to mean off white!

Neutral does not have to mean off white or beige, if you want to go for something more fun, you can use a paler version of a bright. I love Sobek by Paint & Paper Library, Borrowed Light from Farrow & Ball, and Light Peachblossom by Little Greene. All are a great neutral colours that works perfectly as a backdrop to other brighter colours. Light peachblossom pairs surprisingly well with Little Greene’s Trumpet, if you are looking for something a bit more unexpected! If you are aiming to achieve a dramatic look it is also worth investigating dark shades as your neutral – Little Greene has my favourite palette so I would suggest Scree or their Light Bronze Green which I love when contrasted with brighter shades.

Tip

If you want to try out a new colour in a room that you already have decorated, treat yourself to a bunch flowers – it’s a flexible and relatively cheap way to research colours and see how they work in a room without committing to anything until you are happy with the combination.

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