Now’s the time to pump up your home’s per­son­al­ity with bright hues and punchy pat­terns. Here’s how to get it right

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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.

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