Overcoming a Sea of Beige in Interior Design

Classic room designs are often done in neutral colour palettes. This is because, chosen well, neutrals are formal, relaxing to live with, tend to work on some level with most accent colours, and, generally being light in hue, comply with the myth that light colours make a room look larger. It is when the undertones in a neutral shade are not quite right for the overall look that we begin to feel less comfortable with that neutral room design. Pink or green undertones can be very off-putting. When you first move into a new home, often you are faced with a sea of beige to start with. A point of inspiration is required to achieve the home of your dreams. It is much more interesting to deviate from the idea of neutrals always being a safe choice, and to venture forth into the world of colour choice that is available to us.

splash of water and coloured starsYour designer can be of great assistance to start your design plans on the right foot. Whether your interior design project is in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, Etobicoke, or western Toronto. The design consultants at Mulberry Interiors can assist you to achieve a masterful interior design plan. Furniture sourcing, flooring sourcing and custom draperies are some of the first jobs at hand. One important element of a room will be used to inspire a flow to the rest of the home. Continuity of a theme lends elegance and cohesion.

dramatic casual bedroom with black wallcovering feature wall

Window coverings are necessary to control light for comfort and privacy, as well as to protect furnishings. Custom window coverings can be the crowning glory of a room. When we enter a room, our eyes are often drawn to the windows. The way that windows are dressed or neglected, as the case may be, make an immediate impact. There is a huge range of choice for drapes and shades. Window coverings are expensive but excellent value as they have such great impact on the total picture. Custom window coverings create drama and focus in a room, significantly contributing to the style and mood that is achieved in the room. Draperies soften the hard lines of windows, as well as providing privacy, protecting furnishings, and providing light control. Draperies can also conceal features that are less attractive such as pipes and electrical outlets. Custom draperies are lined and often interlined. A top quality lining can greatly improve the way a drape hangs on the window. Floor length draperies, being large, make a strong colour statement in the room.

muted grey colour palette in master bedroom with feature wall behind headboard and four pendant lights

Window shades come in an astounding array of forms and colours nowadays. They may be a simple, flat surface, or more three dimensional as in ruched styles, such as the Austrian and festoon shades. Shades can also be slatted, pleated or cellular in many fabrics, colours, and materials. Several types contribute significantly to preventing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. Drapery valances and headings, though purely decorative, lend a more formal, finished look. They can also serve to hide basic, utilitarian drapery hardware. They come in many forms, from very simple to extremely elaborate. Custom drapery valances can be a simple, soft accent at the top of a drapery treatment. They can also be in the form of a rigid, shaped upholstered piece.

contemporary bath vanity with 12 x 24 metallic tile backsplash

The tones present in the furniture, flooring, and window coverings start to establish the colour scheme. Area carpets add a further level of interest to the theme being created. Once the main elements of furniture, flooring, and custom draperies have been decided, we can likely proceed to the paint colour consultation. The walls are the largest surface in the room so are an extremely important element in the design. Kitchens and bathrooms are areas which once were neglected or were simply neutral in colour. Tiles now come in a wonderful array of dynamic colouration and are applied to a wider variety of surfaces than in the past. We can also choose to wallpaper one wall or all four walls. These choices are ideally made after the furniture sourcing, flooring sourcing and custom window draperies are established. The colour relationships among the rooms of your home determine whether the net result of the décor scheme feels harmoniously flowing or jagged and jarring. Colours in adjoining spaces should relate to each other in order to create a pleasing flow.

Transitional dining rooom with grouped artwork, zebra area carpet and clear acrylic chairs

Those of us who love colour are still able to indulge our choices by using a unifying thread of key colour which runs from room to room. We may make use of a recurring theme in furniture sourcing, custom window treatments and interesting accessories. Architectural features such as trim work, baseboards, door and window frames and ceiling mouldings don’t necessarily have to be white, but they should be the same throughout the home. You can also achieve a wide range of effects using a limited colour palette in varying intensities. Open floor plans maximize a feeling of space without increasing square footage. This does not mean that you must have the whole space only one colour. There is usually an architectural break at which point we can consider a colour change.

glamorous living room with grey velvet sofa, metallic sunburst mirror and navy blue walls

Call Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book a design consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.

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