The space you live in has such a big effect on your mentality, so we think it’s important to follow through with your ideas to create a room you love being in. Following our six easy steps will not only make decorating your home an easy process, but a joyful and satisfying one too!
- Firstly, consider what mood do you want to create? What is the room used for? At what times of the day do you use it? Colour has a massive impact on mood. Your instinct will guide you towards your own colour palette, but if you want to learn more about the different effects of colour you can read up on it here – https://designshack.net/articles/graphics/the-science-behind-color-and-emotion/
- Base your colour palette on the things in the room that you love, whether that be a piece of furniture or a view.
- Consider texture verse colour. Gone are the days when the primary paint options revolved around matte, silk, satin, gloss. Colour paint design is currently very focused on texture. Texture through dual colours or application can make for natural, subtle and beautiful walls. Have a look over the Haymes new Artisan Paint Collection here -http://www.haymespaint.com.au/artisan-collection. If you want to bring in burst of colour, consider artwork, furniture, cushions and throws. Once you have found a colour palette, we recommend combining different textures. You can refer to our previous blog “Blank mind on a blank canvas? Here’s how to create your own look without getting overwhelmed” for easy pointers on how to start creating your own unique look.
- East, South, West, matching colour and light will look the best. Here is a super quick break down of directional light for you; light in South facing rooms is cooler and harsher, North facing rooms are full of warm light all day; East-facing spaces are cooler in the morning then filled with dramatic light in the afternoon, while West facing rooms are bright in the morning and cooler in the afternoon. Artificial lighting will also affect how colours can appear in a room. Halogen and incandescent bulbs emit a yellow light that will make colours appear warmer whereas LED lighting have a more blue, contemporary light. Choosing a bulb which emits a white light will make colours appear as close as possible to daylight. Once you have found a colour palette you like, move the samples around at different times of the day to see how it looks in the changing light.
- Make sure you get an actual cutting of the colour or material before you make your final decision! Some people work well with digital design apps, whilst other’s prefer to have the physical sample. Both approaches work, however digital colours and patterns on screens are not always accurate so ask for the largest possible sample before you make the final call.
- In saying that, use technology for your inspiration. There are SO many advanced apps to help you find the right colour palette. They are easy to use and are great for instigating ideas. Here are two we love –
With over a million colour palettes, this app can even match a palette to the piece of artwork on your wall!
To colour match, browse popular colour libraries, and export your ideas to photoshop and Indesign, Colour Explorer has you covered.
Haymes Colour Stylist Wendy Rennie said “It’s becoming more recognised that colour can enhance a home, and set the tone for the spaces we live in. Another exciting shift is that ‘trends’ are beginning to slowly become less aspired to, it’s more about experimentation, learning and adapting to meet the needs of the individual, their lifestyle and preferred style choices.”
Enjoy the process of finding your own colour palette and look! Drop into our showroom for more ideas and to ask our team any questions.
Images: Haymes Paint – Photographer: Martina Gemmola and Stylist: Ruth Welsby