A lot of homeowners like to play it safe in their design by going neutral. They blend white, black, and the various shades of grey inside the house. When executed nicely, neutral interiors give you a sophisticated and timeless look. Upgrade your neutral interiors by adding accent colours. To accentuate your space properly, you need to know where to use your chosen colour and what items to highlight inside the house. Our Sydney architects in Superdraft Australia created this guide to help you out:
Make a statement when you paint your front door with a colour that stands out from the rest. It’s a sure-fire way to elevate the look of your entry. For example, a home with white exteriors can enjoy a solid wooden door that’s painted with a bright red.
If you don’t like the entire door painted, you can just paint the sides. It will give your door a bordered look. This is great for doors made of metal and glass.
If you want to update your neutral interiors at a low-cost, try splashing colour on one of your walls. The changes are not so overwhelming but it’s enough to give you a fresh perspective.
If you want to go subtle, use bright and light colours like mint. Basically, anything leaning to the hues of blue and green is easy on the eyes.
Or you can use striking colours like red if you want your walls to be a strong design element.
Just make sure that colour you chose and how you executed it complements your current interior design. You create focal walls to enhance the interiors, not to add an eyesore.
The bed is the central and focal point of the bedroom. Make it stand out with a headboard. I suggest that you explore on the material, texture, and colour. For example, this stick-on triangle shaped headboard has three shades of blue and feels like velvet. The more aesthetically appealing it is, the better.
If your current bed frame has a boring headboard, drown it in colour. You can hang a framed painting above it or accentuate the wall above the bed using paint.
This is a good design move to enhance your dining area. You can start with painting your current dining chairs with fun colours that follow a palette. If you don’t fancy this DIY project, you can buy a set of chairs with the same style but in assorted colours. This will look fun and funky.
If you have a huge wooden bookshelf or a built-in shelving unit at home, this project is for you. Take out all your mementoes, books, and displays because you will paint the back of the shelves. Use a colour which will stand out from the rest of your walls. This will add depth to your storage units.
Rugs or Carpet tiles
Your floors need some love too. Make it interesting with the help of rugs or carpet tiles. This will surely elevate the look of high-traffic areas in the house such as the living room and the kitchen.
You can easily change the door fronts of a modern, standard-sized cabinet. Swap your white doors for one with an interesting colour. Change the doors or lower cabinets in a way that pleases the eyes.
However, it’s not economical to change anything in your cabinetry unless you really need to. It’s expensive. The ideal time to try this is when you’re renovating the kitchen or when you’re building a new home.
You are free to place a coloured furniture indoors and outdoors as long as it’s functional and beautiful. For example, a stunning sofa in the living room will lure your guests to sit until they feel at home.
Outside, a set of bright and colourful outdoor furniture will keep everyone relaxed in your deck and patio.
Throw pillows and blankets
If you don’t own a coloured chair or sofa, you can enhance it with colourful throw pillows and blankets. It’s plus if the material has an interesting texture to it such as velvet.
Finally, update your lamps by changing its shades. You can buy a replacement or you can DIY a new shade. Follow some crafty ideas over at Pinterest. Replacing the lamp shade might change the intensity or temperature of the light the bulb emits. Lighting, as we know it, can drastically improve a room’s vibe. In addition, the material of the new shade can also add an interesting texture to the room. For example, the addition of wicker lamp shades further enhanced the beach-side country look of this bedroom. This small design hack has some big results to offer.
Don’t fear colours, use it to add life to your interiors. Now that you know where to use your accent colours, it will be easier to play with it. Get creative and always try something new. :)