Con­fi­dence tricks

Fail­safe colour com­bos will make your in­te­ri­ors shine, writes

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There’s a rea­son some rooms just seem to look right. Some­times, it’s about the scale of the fur­ni­ture or keep­ing to a par­tic­u­lar style such as the Hamp­tons look or Hol­ly­wood Re­gency but, more often than not, it’s about the colours.

Du­lux colour ex­pert An­drea Lu­cena-Orr says there are tried and true meth­ods to pick­ing win­ning colour com­bi­na­tions. And one of the eas­i­est ways to cre­ate a palette is by work­ing with one colour in dif­fer­ent tones.

“If you’re a bit ner­vous about us­ing colour, it’s a great place to start,” she says.

“Du­lux Blue Oar and Sea Breeze are re­ally soft blues you could use in quar­ter or half strength on the trim and then try Sea Breeze full strength. Keep it tonal.”

Build the colour by us­ing the darker tones up to dado rail height on the walls and then go­ing a lighter tone above it. If it’s start­ing to feel a bit cold, small doses of soft pink with a hint of peach in a sin­gle chair, a foot­stool or a throw rug while warm the space up.

Soft pinks also work well with muted greens, such as Du­lux Span­ish Olive.

“It’s a very con­tem­po­rary but time­less look,” An­drea says.

If you’re feel­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous, use a stronger colour in greater amounts on a sin­gle wall or even the whole room.

“Good colour com­bi­na­tions are about vol­ume and bal­ance,” An­drea says. “If you want the space to feel decadent, go dark.”

Ter­rific ter­ra­cotta

In­te­rior de­signer Juli­ette Arent from Arent & Pyke says her favourite colour com­bi­na­tion at the mo­ment is warm ter­ra­cotta teamed with peachy pink and deep blue.

Thought­ful use of strong colour is what her firm has be­come known for.

“It brings such a beau­ti­ful en­ergy and per­son­al­ity into a room,” Juli­ette says. “It could be a piece of fur­ni­ture, a vase or even a colour­ful art­work.”

When build­ing a colour scheme she says she and de­sign part­ner Sarah-Jane Pyke are al­ways look­ing to bal­ance deep tones and then adding a lighter colour and a mid tone.

“We’re def­i­nitely us­ing a lot more green and then the same depth of the blue,” she says. “We’re lov­ing the ter­ra­cotta and light peach and then we’ll choose a mid tone, which is often a brighter hue.”

If you’re work­ing on your own colour scheme, in­te­rior de­signer Karen Ak­ers says a neu­tral base of soft grey is a good start.

“A neu­tral colour palette of white, beiges, greys and browns are pretty fail safe and tried-and-true colour com­bi­na­tions,” she says.

From there, you can add small doses of quite strong colour to bring the room to life.

In­te­rior de­signer Karen Ak­ers says blue and green are great choices for bed­rooms be­cause they are so rest­ful. Here, they are in equally deep hues for bal­ance. Pic­ture: Thomas Dal­hoff

Colours from the Un­earthed range by Haymes Paint are paired with rich tim­ber tones.

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