One of the ways that we can achieve definition of function is with colour. Because we are able to see through the space from one area to another, the colour must flow in a pleasing manner. Neutral shades can help with this, but we likely don’t want to be confined to neutrals if we love colour and the home is large enough to handle significant colour. If it is not hot colour that you crave, but still want a bit of dramatic impact, deeply toned neutrals may do the trick in some areas. Colours must not only flow through the space, they must enhance furnishings. A bit of drama can be achieved by painting one wall in an accent shade or using one of the fabulous wallpapers now available. Long gone are the dreary little florals of yesterday. The new graphic prints dare to go big even in a small room. They are fun and fresh and reinvent the old patterns such as Art Deco styles by printing them in large scale renditions in options from subdued neutrals to a riot of colour. It is important, however, to choose a wall that should be a feature. So often we encounter clients who would love to have a feature wall but there is already a focal point such as a fireplace in the room. It makes no sense to distract from this feature by adding colour off in left field. Instead, it is preferable to use one beautiful shade on all four walls, or a dramatic paint shade on the fireplace wall, thus further enhancing the fireplace feature. The materials making up the mantle should be considered as they are, in fact, a form of colour blocking in themselves. The various colour tones in granite facing on a fireplace can be enhanced by repeating them in paint colour or wallpaer on adjacent walls.
Colour placement is also important. As soon as the homeowner or a guest walks into the home, there should be a pleasing ambiance of colour that leads one into the home. After that, a back drop for the formal rooms must be created using colour (all photos courtesy of Better Homes). Shades from the furnishings are a likely jumping off point for a colour scheme. Large swaths of neutrals running from one area to the next can be sparked with colour blocking with accent shades or geometric wall treatments, even in relatively neutral colours, several in one area to indicate that room’s function. The relatively small home above has been made much more interesting, simply through the use of colour blocking. The accent colour has highlighted various quite ordinary objects and features in the room and made them look surprisingly interesting. Without its colour accents, this room would be quite boring.Rooms that you relax in should be painted in soothing shades. Save the more vibrant colours for accents or areas where they are appropriate. A home gym or a child’s bedroom, for instance, can look terrific in hot colours, creatively utilized. Remember, the ceiling in such a room need not be white. Children’s rooms can be done in less formal shades, also.
Depending on the occupation of the home owner, home office colours can be somber or upbeat. If there are very few walls to define this area, plants, coloured panels, or artwork hung from wires above could help to define this or any other relatively public space in the open concept home. The kitchen wall or walls can be a vibrant shade. Gone are the days when we spent all day in the kitchen, so a bit of upbeat colour would not be out of place or over-powering.
Often, a colour specialist is a desireable service to help you through this. 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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