Thinking of giving your home a makeover? You don’t have to spend a fortune or months redecorating. Colour is a fantastic way to breathe new life into your home, just follow these simple yet brilliant tricks from some of the world’s most famous interior designers.
1. Incorporate wallpaper
Once a trend from the past, wallpaper is currently a hot interior design trend, not only for the incredible, unique patterns, but for the texture it adds to walls. Designer Barbara Berry says, “Use a patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and an unpatterned paper to soften a space.” Let you imagination go wild – choose to walloper one panel in a room, or mix-and-match different wallpapers for an exotic feel.
2. Mix patterns and colours
A home that matches too much will appear stuffy and anything but cozy, which is why it’s important to layer patterns and texture, according to designer Barclay Butera. His philosophy is that decorating the home is similar to fashion where you should accessorise the space with patterns, texture and colour. Avoid anything too matchy-matchy.
3. Use tone-on-tone palettes
Incorporating colour into your home doesn’t have to me loud and colourful.Remember that you home is not just a place that should look good, but also a place to relax and feel comfortable Designer Celerie Kemble enjoys creating serene environments with her design with soft blues and greens that complement one another.
4. Lighting is key
Designer Shawn Henderson recommends carefully choosing your lighting. “Always have good reading lights in every room and put everything on a dimmer,” he says. Too strong or bold lighting can wash out the space and make it feel uncomfortable. So if you’ve spent days agonising over a new paint colour, remember that your lighting will affect how that colour looks in a room.
5. Add reflective objects
It can be easy for rooms to appear overly colourful, which is why designer Susan Ferrier recommends using reflective objects throughout the home. “Add something that’s reflective, instead of another colour.” This will also add a unique detail that stands out amongst the surrounding decor for plenty of balance. Mirrors make a space look bigger, or look for shiny or silver paint or walloper to add a reflective accent.
Renovated lately? What are your best home makeover tips?
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