Fuchsia and regal purple. Lime green and Moroccan blue. Salmon pink and scarlet red. Black and gold. At some point, we’ve all been drawn by the boldest hues on the colour wheel. Ever so tempted to splash them across our home interiors; mixing and matching them to create our own wonderland. While India is no stranger to daring combinations in fashion, we’re somehow cautious with colour in home decor. Perhaps it’s because the canvas is far larger and relatively more permanent. Well that’s about to change. We let you in on five secrets to play with unconventional palettes.
1. Balance Is Everything
Once you’ve decided on a wall colour combination, don’t be afraid to use it liberally on walls and furnishings. You could even give an old piece of furniture a fresh lick of paint that blends in with the chosen scheme. To anchor the space,accessorise in basic black and white; ie cushions, artworks and ceramic-ware in simple geometric prints will complement solid hues, and vice versa.
2. Pick A Pattern
If you’re lacking in confidence, let the experts do the work for you. Choose a wall covering or wallpaper that employs the colour mix you desire from our entire range of wallpapers. While stripes and geometric patterns are safe; floral and abstract prints add new dimension to a room’s composition. Let the wallpaper pattern and palette guide your choice of accents. A bright colour feature – such as a blank gold frame or gilded piece of furniture over a primarily black wallpaper design will lend it the sparkle it needs.
Don’t shy away from monochromatic schemes. Take a look at our monochromatic color scheme ideas inspired by the regions of Morocco, Turkey, and India. The trick here is to play with hue through materials. Salmon pink, for instance, will appear different when applied on floor tiles, wooden cabinetry, painted or wallpapered surfaces, etc. If you’re concerned about the resultant space being overwhelming (which it won’t), temper it with classic white fittings that reflect light.
Observe the way light travels through a space at different times of the day as well as seasonally. Capitalise on this with reflective shades like lime green or lavender that draw light into dark spaces or highlight areas with ample sunlight. In case of the former, you can always include a mirror or two – the oldest and most reliable visual trick in the book!