Thursday, 3 December 2015
Colour vs neutral: What is the best option?
Beige doesn't have to be bland and colour doesn't have to be OTT.
You can have striking interiors in both palettes and they can be one-of-a-kind, beautiful and successful. Here's how to do it:
Neutral spaces don't have to be white and plain. Rather, you can add character through texture, size, shapes, nature and light - from layered knits and linens to sheer blinds and contemporary lamps. These elements, instead of colour, can bring interest to your space and can be very successful.
People often think colour is of the utmost importance, but really it's just one element of design.
POPS OF COLOUR
If you do want to have some colour, putting splashes of colour into your space is a perfect option. This look is what many people would perceive as everyday styling, which requires the key items like sofas and tables to be neutral and the accessories, like cushions and art, to be colourful.
Many of us are taught to style in design school this way; using primary and secondary colours for the key pieces and tertiary colours like fuchsia and tangerine for show stopping decor.
While it sounds a bit over the top, it is certainly possible to have tasteful interior chock full of colour. However, what you need to understand is how different colours interact with one another and how they affect people's moods. Really colourful spaces can work, but they're not simple to pull off.
UK stylist Abigail Ahern is particularly noted for her use of colour. She uses similar colours in similar saturations - like purple, fuchsia, yellow and turquoise - but treats them with different levels of importance. So even if you're using lots of colour still have a hierarchy: primary, secondary, and tertiary.
All types of spaces can work successfully, from neutral to colourful. Just remember to follow the tips above and you'll be sure to create an interior that is exactly what you desire.
Reproduced with permission from Century 21 Life @ Home
Abigail Ahern, design school, interior design, neutral spaces