Colour can make one of the biggest impacts on the look and feel of a room. Colour placement, patterns and coordination all work together to create an atmosphere that makes a room – and home – special. Some of our favourite famous interior designers like Jamie Drake and Anthony Baratta use accents like furniture and artwork to enhance room design, and colour to completely transform a space.

Follow these colour tips, suggestions and design inspiration for your interior decorating projects.

Anthony Baratta
Anthony Baratta is a NYC-based interior designer who’s motto is “one third function, two thirds delight.” Isn’t that a fantastic design philosophy? This is exactly what you’ll find with his fun, eclectic and colourful spaces, like this show-stopping retro-inspired living room accented with baby and royal blues.

jamiedrakeJamie Drake
Jamie Drake is a famous interior designer based in NYC, known for his “exuberant colour sense” that he incorporates into all his designs. And boy, is he not afraid of colour, just like this eye-popping fuchsia ottoman, with complimentary lamps, cushions and rug. Jamie often uses a neutral base colour for sofas and lounging furniture, and uses colour on the focal point of the room. This is one of our favourite design tips: when using colour, make sure the room is balanced and not overwhelmed with one colour.
Laura Day
Laura Day transitions houses to homes by keeping it simple, and adding pops of colour through accessories, like in the rich gold cushions and cerulean blue lamp above. Laura says “a neutral room can sing a different song every single day if only you accessorise.” One of her design philosophies is that choosing colourful accessories but keeping the bones of the room classically neutral make it easier to incorporate the changing seasons and different decorating trends.barbarabarryBarbara Barry
Colour doesn’t have to be loud, it can be subtle and natural and create just as much emotion as vibrant hues. This is Barbara Barry’s design philosophy. She attributes her Californian upbringing as one of the biggest design influences. Her elegant home design and favourite colour schemes take inspiration from nature, whether it be from a bouquet of flowers, the mountains or ocean. The dining room she designed above uses vintage yellows and greens like those found in nature to accent the natural wood table, and bring a sense of calm and familiarity to the space.

Bright and colourful? White on white? Subtle and understated? What are your favourite home colour schemes?

Photos: Design Milk /  Elle Decor / Laura Day / Elle Decor