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How To Pick Colours For Your Home

A question I often get asked, is how to pick colours for your home. It can be quite daunting at first for any home, and new builds are certainly no exception.

On the one hand, you’ve got a completely blank canvas, allowing you to go wild with your imagination and paint, wallpaper, and panel to your heart’s content! On the other hand, however, everything is often white (or magnolia), and can be hard to imagine what you want the room to look like at all.

I’ve put together a list of my top tips when it comes to choosing a colour scheme that you love for your home.

1. Think Practically

This might sound super simple, but it’s a step so many people forget!

As much as you might love a dark living room on pinterest, think about the practical side of it. Do you get a lot of natural light? Is it a large, open space? If you have a north-facing room with little natural light, painting the whole room dark could well feel gloomy and claustrophobic.

However, it’s also important to think about the function of the room and how you want it to make you feel. So although painting your living room dark may not work, it could create the perfect cosy bathroom!

Another good example is the kitchen. If it’s large, open-plan and has lots of natural light, you could afford to go for darker colours and cabinets.

On the other hand, if it’s on the smaller side and doesn’t have a lot of light, you’ll want to opt for brighter colours.

A good tip is to spend some time actually living in your new home before decorating. Take note of where you spend your time in the evenings versus the morning. Where do you go to relax? Where does the light start and end through the day?

Then, you can work outwards from here.

2. Pinterest

I cannot rave about Pinterest enough!

If you don’t have a scooby where to start with decorating your home, start here. Setting up an account is free and easy and will provide you with endless inspo.

My Pinterest Boards

Start by typing in the search bar something like, ‘living room inspo’ and simply start pinning (saving) images to your feed! You can also create separate boards for each room, which I found really helpful.

Once you’ve saved enough images, go back and look at each board and you should be able to see similar colours and styles that you have gravitated towards. You can then use this as your starting point for choosing a colour palette.

For example, if you take a look at my ‘Bathroom Inspo’ board below, you’ll notice most of the images I’ve saved have white tiles and feature dark teals, greens and blues, so I knew this would be a colour I’d love in our bathroom as we already had white tiles!

3. Moodboard Each Room

Terracotta interiors moodboard.

So this does tie into using Pinterest, but here is where you can really visualise your colour scheme for each room!

Take some of the colours you now know you like from your Pinterest boards and start to experiment! Collate images of any products you want to use, such as lamps, rugs or furniture and you can see the full room come together. Use different shades of the colour you like and experiment with different decor styles, here too.

At this point, you may decide that the colours you’ve chosen don’t actually work with your sofa, for example. So you might switch up the colours or the accessories! You should spend some real time here playing around with colours and themes.

We recently gave our living room a makeover and used a moodboard to visualise it before we actually re-decorated.

3. Start with the Hallway

Muted green panelled hallway with gold accessories, wooden floor and tropical wallpaper feature wall.

The hallway is the first thing you see when you walk into your home, but is often neglected. They can be an awkward space to decorate if left until last – so try starting with this space. This will help you visualise how all the adjacent rooms will look!

Remember this is a space you only pass through, so you can afford to go a bit more out of your comfort zone here. Have some fun and play around with colours, prints and patterns!

We have a small, dark entranceway with no natural light. But as it’s not somewhere we spend a lot of time, we decided to embrace the dark and paint the bottom half of the space dark and keep the top white.

4. Create a Flow

As much as your hallway is there to greet you when you come through the door, it should also set the tone for the rest of the house. This doesn’t mean that if you have a green hallway, you can only use green paint in the rest of your rooms – but the paint colours should work together and flow from one room to the next.

For example, my home might seem like a box of crayola to some, but the colours are all carefully thought out and work together to create a cohesive scheme.

Green has always been my favourite colour, closely followed by pink. As soon as we put our deposit on this house, we already had our dream green velvet sofa in the basket! So, I had a starting point with two complementary colours already. I also love how navy works with these two colours, so added this in to the mix along with some neutrals to break up the bolder colours.

You’ll notice each room in our home has at least one of these 4 main colours in it.

So, although they look like polar opposites, by keeping the same colours on rotation in each room, they all work together beautifully.

Read about complementary colours and how you can create a complementary colour scheme in your home.

5. Accessorise!

Colourful shelf styling on blue chest of drawers.

Here is where you can add in the finishing touches that will tie everything in together. Make sure every room has at least one colour from your palette to tie them all in.

You can do this through artwork, cushions, throws, rugs, or anything else you might have.

So there you go, a guide on how to pick colours for your home to create a space that you love!

I hope this is helpful. Do let me know if there are any other tips and tricks you’d like to see in future.

Thanks for reading!

Tasmine x

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