Three Colour Theme – A Simple Decorating Plan

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Interior design may be fun, but it is not as easy as it looks sometimes. The miracle of television leads us to believe that we live in a wonderland where in a matter of days, top quality room designs are achieved. In real life, what appears to be simple and fast is entirely the opposite. Many times we have worked with clients who, through no fault of their own, are simply not able to visualize the final room before it has been completed. When these clients put themselves into the hands of an interior designer, there is a great deal of trust and communication required for the process to proceed to completion. Sometimes a little magic is required. Or what appears to be magic.

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When asked what our favourite colours are, the answer is often the same colour choices. No matter what the trends are, we often come back to the same shades again and again. This is because we are drawn to certain colours by our life experiences, trends, culture and many other influences. These also do not stay the same, but shift, depending on our life experiences, stress, travel, fashion trends, and many other factors.

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By carrying colours throughout the home you can make your home feel consistent and seamless. A sense of calm can be established with a pleasing colour palette. It is also an excellent way to easily update and refresh your home since a lot of your possessions become transferable from room to room. A pillow in the living room may also work in the den, a framed print from the den may also work in the kitchen. Our treasured items are recycled from room to room and we are able to freshen up our look quickly and easily. This frees up resources for better quality, investment pieces. Using this technique, we are able to keep a light palette interesting. Choosing a dominant colour for each room, then accenting with the other two hues can result in a dynamic, ever-evolving look.

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Drama can be increased in key rooms by using stronger versions of one of the colours. Using a very dark colour can result in a warm, cozy update for a room. Balance is key when using dramatic colours. The assistance of your interior designer or colour consultant can help you achieve a beautiful, finished look with confidence.

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Repeating a favourite wall colour in a second room sometimes achieves an entirely different result depending on incoming light or window orientation. In a bedroom, for example, you could let the bed be the centrepiece and keep artwork and accessories to a minimum. Mixing patterns and fabrics on the bed can look terrific in a relaxed way. A single colour scheme balanced with choices from your trio of favourite hues can be a useful, flexible and exciting decorating plan. Choosing bedding with an abundance of colour will allow you to have a different look seasonally by mixing in pieces from your trio of shades. Over time, you can layer in more elements and investment pieces.

wide view of upscale living room with cream sofa and red orange and black toss cushions

You can be daring with pieces that have shine or a lot of texture, since they can do double or triple duty throughout your home over the years. You interior colour consultant can help you choose a new wall colour or wall covering that will completely change the look of the room. A dramatic accent wall, piece of artwork,  or painting the ceiling can make some of your accessories look new or more visible by pulling subtle shades in the accessories on to the wall.

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Trim colour also helps to add a consistent flow through your home. While traditional white is most often chosen, you may want to consider doing the trim in a shade of one of your trio. It may be cream, rather than white, or it may even dare to be black. Using your favourite colours allows you to express yourself in a way that you can feel at ease.

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Since 1993 Mulberry Interiors, interior design consultants have been assisting clients in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Brampton, Milton, Georgetown, Etobicoke, western Toronto, and Vaughan. We specialize in residential interior design and decorating and are at our most creative when we use colour as our theme. We offer a full range of interior design services such as choosing paint colours, space planning, furniture sourcing, custom draperies and soft furnishings, flooring selection and accessories. Call Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book a consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.

 

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