DECORATOR INDEX: EXPERT ADVICE DANIEL HOPWOOD’S GUIDE TO USING COLOUR
Now’s the time to pump up your home’s personality with bright hues and punchy patterns. Here’s how to get it right
1 How to choose colour
Colour is a powerful mood enhancer – so when you’re picking one, think carefully about it. Analyse why you’re using a particular shade in a specific room, and the mood that you want it to convey. For instance, yellow is energetic and uplifting (as in this London home, right), while purple is warm and confident. The hallway is a great place to be more daring with colour: you’re not in it often, and it’s the first impression visitors have of your home. 2 Colour consistency Use colour as a thread that runs all the way through the house. For example, at a comedian’s house in Bayswater ( left), I used different shades of orange and teal. In some rooms, the orange has yellowish tones, while in others it’s more golden – but it’s always there, subtly linking the rooms together. 3 Small spaces People often think that these should be painted white to make them feel bigger. Instead, work with a lack of light and make them richer and darker. The old adage that the eye needs to travel through a room is true, and colour is a great way to ensure this happens. 4 Layering Create a mood by building up colour in a range of different mediums – whether that’s glass, carpet, wallpaper or light. For the bathroom of my Bayswater project ( left), I asked designer Emma Peascod to make églomisé ( glass gilded with metal) panels – they create a soft glow when the lights are dimmed – but layering can be as easy as adding new cushions.