BE COLOUR CONFIDENT
Moving beyond neutrals and painting with colour can be daunting. But not when James Treble is around!
Move beyond neutrals to feature walls and using brights and pastel hues.
I LOVE WORKING WITH COLOUR – it can have a huge impact on how we feel, easily transforms a space and adds personality. But after more than 20 years in this business, I still find it interesting that people are scared of using it in their homes. Of course there are simple rules to consider but my best advice is to just give it a go. Start with one area of your home and, using one item as inspiration – like a cushion cover, artwork or accessory – look at what colours exist in that piece as a place to start. Begin with simple, inexpensive projects so you can build your confidence towards taking on a more dramatic look. CREATING A FEATURE WALL
A feature wall is an easy, quick and inexpensive way to add colour to your home. It’s also a great place for any beginner to start, because if you don’t like it, or the colour is wrong, you can simply paint over it. To choose a colour, look at your existing furniture, homewares and accessories – the colour should be picked up somewhere else in the room, but only in small doses. You’ll look at this wall every day so think how the colour makes you and the rest of your family feel.
CONFIDENT COLOUR This relaxing blue/green feature wall creates a tropical vibe, evoking the hues of the sea. Most blue-green tones are relaxing, fresh and calming to live with, bringing the colours of outside and nature into our homes.
WHY IT WORKS The rest of the room features washed grey tones in both the floor and the feature timber-look wallpaper, with crisp white skirting and dining table, and natural timber tones in the coffee table, bench seats and woven baskets. The golden tones in the woven light fitting and natural timber work well with the brass wall mirror, so the room feels cohesive and well thought out.
DIY LIKE A PRO See the small ceramic container on the coffee table, the linen napkins and coloured bowl on the dining table? The trick to making a feature wall work is to pick up your chosen colour on the other sides of the room to create harmony and balance.
USING BRIGHT COLOURS
Bold colour brings personality to any space and can add cheerful energy to any sized room. But strong colours can compete with each other, creating a confused and busy scheme – and if you combine this with lots of pattern, you may end up with an overwhelming explosion of colour. Instead, use one bright colour as the main focus and then add either one additional bright colour in an even amount or additional bold colours in lesser amounts.
CONFIDENT COLOUR This bright and bold living room sure packs a punch, but it still remains inviting and liveable. It follows one very important rule: combine bright colours with a neutral. A white front wall allows the vibrant blue to demand attention without overwhelming the space. Whitewashed timber floorboards and a comfy oversized sofa add textural softness and warmth to what is an otherwise cool scheme.
WHY IT WORKS To balance the blue feature wall is a deep indigo velvet cushion and cooler round artwork. And don’t miss the very subtle blue spine on the coffee table book – this is a wellconsidered addition to this room. Fresher blues with slightly green tones, in the ottoman as well as the cushion on the armchair, work well as they don’t compete with the brighter blue and prevent the space from being visually “too busy”. To add warmth, there’s a pot plant and one accent cushion in a fresh citrus yellow. The inclusion of black in the armchair and striped rug ground the space.
DIY LIKE A PRO Select one bold colour, then add another that will work with the first, to ensure a cohesive result. The third colour should be neutral to allow some calm in the space and somewhere to rest the eye. This neutral could be a natural finish, like timber flooring or furniture, or it may be paint in white, black, grey or an earthy tone.
PAINTING WITH PASTELS
Muted means something is restrained or subdued. In the world of colour, muted tones refer to ones that have a lesser visual impact than their base colours. This is achieved by mixing the original colour with white, grey or black to achieve a softer version. The best example of this is the world of pastels; they are calming and relaxing and allow you to add colour to any space in a subtle and non-obtrusive way.
CONFIDENT COLOUR This muted tonal palette is perfect for a bedroom, creating a calming and relaxing space in which to rest and reinvigorate. The soft blush rear wall (a muted version of pink) provides contrast against the mid-tone grey of the concrete-look feature wall. Although concrete is a hard and harsh material, its colour adds interest and balances the space, the neutral grey softening the look.
WHY IT WORKS There’s a wide range of textures in this room, in varying shades of muted colour, providing balance and calm. The rockmelon quilted throw picks up the blush pink wall, but the slight hint of orange works well with the timber in the picture frame and the drawer base. The lilac bedding works well with the concretelook feature wall, and the mid-tone grey is again picked up in the washed timber floorboards and European cushion. Soft white drawers, sensuous side table, elegant lamp and artwork border help to ground the whole look.
DIY LIKE A PRO Contrast, interest and balance will prevent the room from feeling washed out and bland, but this can be achieved subtly, as muted tones allow a wider range of colours to sit comfortably together without jarring or demanding attention. Place different textures and finishes of each colour throughout the space – as the colours are muted you can deviate from the rule of keeping the main colours to three. The contrast is far less, allowing each muted colour to flow comfortably into the next, creating a space that feels cohesive and well thought out.
Porter’s Paints “Hailstorm” Taubmans “Midnight Hour”
Dulux “Forest Fruit”
Taubmans “High Dive” Dulux “Complex Blue” Porter’s Paints “Westport Blue” Taubmans “Strawberry Splash” Striking style Pair vibrant colours with white walls and bold monochrome furniture pieces.
Subtle shades These tones allow you to mix together many different shades and textures, which prevents the room from looking bland. Dulux “Angel’s Face” Porter’s Paints “Peony” Taubmans “Pink Sea Shell” Haymes Paints “Face Powder”