Adding colour to your home can be a scary prospect and is something that requires some consideration. One of the joys of owning your own home is being able to display your personality around various rooms and experiment with your personal style. Colour is a very easy way of doing this and it doesn’t need to be brash or clashing. W.A.Green founder Zoe Anderson’s own home is the perfect example of using statement colours in a classic and chic way. It can be easy to stay safe and go for a neutral when starting out but over time this can become boring and could be less homely. There’s no need to be afraid. Here’s a few of Zoe’s top tips to help you find the right shade for your pad.
Consider how your room will be used.
What room are you decorating and how will it be used? You should consider how much time you are going to be spending in a room and what you need it to give you. For example, you want your bedroom to be a relaxing space so typically pinks and greens and other calming shades work well. Kitchens and bathrooms can normally handle brighter colours and this helps to make them feel clean and airy. Colour can also be specific to the size of a room as certain shades can make a room feel larger, or smaller. It’s good to make a room feel cosy, but you don’t want it to feel claustrophobic. Take a look at Painthouse’s selection of colours and give us a call should you want to chat through options. As an official stockist of the paint brand, we’re pretty knowledgeable about what works where.
How does natural light affect the room?
Natural light can play a huge part in how a colour comes across in a room. Lighter colours tend to need a large amount of natural light for them to create that sunshine feel while darker shades can generally handle areas with less sunshine. While we’re all after those South-facing rooms, it’s simply not possible to have it all. Before taking the leap with your paint colour, paint it on a roll of drawing paper and hang them around the room in question. You can then easily see how the colour is affected throughout the day and in different areas. Leave it for a week before deciding and if you’re unsure of how a colour looks, or it’s looking a little bit murky, try a lighter shade or choose a contrasting colour to sit alongside it.
What are your favourite objects?
What colours are you already drawn to? Your current furniture and accessories should give you a pretty good indication of the colours you already like and the colours that they might pair well with. Group together objects and start researching shades that complement them. This little trick gives you a starting point and stops you from starting from scratch when your furniture doesn’t match you colour choice. The right selection will accentuate your objects and turn them into a feature. If you’re hunting for objects too, why not check out our colourful shelfie options.
Where do you seek inspiration?
Think about what inspires you outside of your home. The places you eat, what you like on Instagram, the colours of nature. Try creating a Pinterest board and see what colours jump out at you. This is the fun part and if you’re stuck for ideas, check out ours for a whimsical and bright series (shameless plug) . Create a moodboard looking at your inspirations and imagine how you might feature them in a room. You may not even need to use the colour on your walls, but you might use it as an accent in your soft furnishings and find a complementing hue of paint or wallpaper.
For further colourful interior inspiration, follow us on Instagram @w.a.greenlondon and Pinterest or pop into our Shoreditch-based store for a good old fashioned chin-wag about what could work for you.