As we come to the end of the rather unusual 2020, we need to celebrate one of the positive sides to this pandemic as people question how they can improve their homes, colour being the main change.
Grey is gone as people choose brighter, warmer colours to convey a relaxed cosy home. Homeowners are also becoming brave and experimental by not only choosing bold colours but by using them on ceilings and woodwork to give a room a sense of drama.
Green is extremely popular as it reminds us of our connection to nature and our desire to bring the feeling of the ‘outside in’. Our current favourite is Farrow and Ball Card Room Green, seen here in this kitchen extension we designed.
Pink is also a popular colour which can be used in most rooms including bathrooms as shown here in one our recent refurbishments where we used Farrow and Ball Calamine. Pinks are also great on kitchen cabinets and in bedrooms to create a sense of calm.
However, if you don’t want to paint you could simply add wallpaper to bring a focal point to any room, like this downstairs toilet we designed. Or if that is still too much for you, think about adding simple accessories such as cushions, artwork, or rugs to add the drama.
Be brave and mix different textures and patterns, everything doesn’t have to match. There are lots of interior stores offering a wide variety of accessories at different price points. Simply browse the web and save the items you like and create a ‘mood board’ to see how they sit together in one space and once you are confident get shopping!
Lastly, before you purchase your items try and consider the impact on the planet. Check whether the furniture you are buying was made from a certified wood supplier, ensure your paints have low or no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), this will be indicated on the tin. Try to upcycle any old furniture or cushions by reupholstering with new bright, patterned fabrics to add interest to a corner of your room.
Wherever possible only purchase from local suppliers as this reduces the need for shipping and therefore reduces your carbon footprint and boosts the local economy.
Most importantly have fun creating a unique colourful space.