Summer is one of the best times to spruce up your home, what with fresh air blowing through the windows, the sun shining brightly and all the colours of trees and flowers out in full force. With so many colours kicking around it’s easy to get inspired to bring the shades of the outside in, and it’s one of the easiest ways to brighten and freshen up your home indoors, especially when you pick some stunning shades by Julian Charles. But which colours should you choose – and most importantly, where? Here is a handy look at some of the most popular colour choices for the home and where to use them.
Chances are if you have a decorated bathroom it’s blue. Not all bathrooms are, of course, but it seems a hugely popular and natural choice for bathrooms, maybe due to the high concentration of water which makes people think of the sea and the beach. If you’re hopping on the bathroom beach bandwagon, consider going with dustier shades of blue – too dark or too harsh a blue can make a space feel colder, which isn’t what you want if you’re thinking about the beach. Cerulean works well for towels and toilet seat covers and the like, but if painting, try to go with a duskier blue – too much bright blue might make the walls look comical while too dark a blue can make it seem cold and closed in.
Green, especially olive shades, are a popular choice for rooms like dens, living spaces and dining areas. Many people like the classic feel to a deeper olive shade, and it gives off a bit more character than going with a really acidic shade like viridian or forest green. Olive green is also a calming colour, giving warmth and vitality to a space, but if darker on the spectrum can make an area seem smaller, so consider use sparingly if you’re going for a darker shade on the walls. In terms of decorating with green, you can match sage green to darker greens easily in the likes of tapestries, blankets and sheets and it gives a bed or sofa the same warming feeling as it would if it were on the walls.
The perfect colour to complement or brighten a space, yellow has a special place in our hearts. While we prefer to use it as a sunny accent to a room in the form of throw blankets or cushions, many people love to decorate kitchens in this bright and sunny shade to bring more light to the room. If done in darker shades, yellow can be very warming and can make a living space a delight to be in. While energising, this shade is better left to spaces such as living areas and kitchens. In bedrooms it might be too energising for those trying to sleep.
An all around great shade for most spaces, many people tend to prefer this seemingly intimate shade for their bedrooms, bathrooms and other living spaces. We notice that purple is hugely popular for bedrooms due to its cozy and warm energy as well as giving a rich and comfortable feeling when you enter the room. Even if you aren’t planning on painting the walls, having purple for your tapestries such as curtains, cushions, sheets and duvets can be a great way to warm up the room with this regal and royal colour.
So how will you choose to brighten up your home this summer season? Which colour suits you best – or will you go for a range of colours for each specific room? Whatever you decide, enjoy the process as well as your new, fresh space!