When planning a room refresh or a home renovation, we normally fall in love with one colour in particular and struggle to introduce other tones. Following on from our ‘how to introduce a pop of colour’ blog, we explain how understanding the science will allow you to combine colours with confidence.
An abstract illustration of colour hues, called the colour wheel has been used by interior designers for centuries but now it’s your chance to use it to your full advantage. Whether a new purchase has inspired you to decorate or you are drawn to certain colour due to its popularity, use the handy colour wheel to see how it can be complemented.For best results choose one of the following schemes:
Tonal: Select a colour and then use lighter or darker shades to vary the tone and add depth. This can create a perfectly coordinated scheme. Just remember to add some neutral shades too such as a white ceiling and a wooden floor to break it up.
Harmonious: Pick colours that sit next or near to each other in the colour wheel. This can often create a look that is pleasing to the eye. For example green, yellow-green and yellow will work equally happily together in a room. Using harmonious colours create a relaxing and tranquil mood.
Complementary: Complementary colours are directly opposite of each other on the colour wheel. You can create stand-out, colour combinations to create a unique look. Nature provides some beautiful examples such as golden sand against the blue sea or a red rose with green foliage.
Don’t forget that you aren’t confined to using colour by just paint, experiment with fabrics and patterns too like those showcased in our bright and contemporary Fjord collection.
More colour tips
• Pink rooms have been known to slow pulses and calm people down – it’s even used in social areas in prisons.
• Orange is said to stimulate appetite so dieters stick to green or blue rooms where possible.
• Using a neutral colour with a pink undertone can soften dark wooden furniture.
• Yellow is hard to get right, a good rule of thumb is to select the yellow you want and then lighten it or tone down by two shades before you buy.
Inspired by the Art Deco movement and rural England, iLiv has launched its new Autumn/Winter collections of luxurious fabrics and rich wallpapers.
The innovative home décor brand, offers two new ranges specifically designed to make interior design that much easier thanks to its ‘mix and match’ philosophy.
The Art Deco collection is reminiscent of the arts and crafts movement. Patterns are intricate and decorative and come in vibrant shades of navy, soft cornflower blues, warm cherry reds and berries.
Prints, weaves and embroideries work together to create a timeless and luxurious interior scheme giving users the opportunity to fully co-ordinate upholstery, curtains, cushions and bedcovers.
The contemporary and transitional Meadow collection is based on the stunning English countryside with elements of meadow flowers, wild hedgerows and woodland trees.
The delicate watercolour style palette ranges from vibrant magentas and ruby reds to pistachio greens, natural charcoals and linens. The collection’s fabrics and wallcoverings co-ordinate sublimely to create a pretty and organic country interior, perfect for modern homes with a light and contemporary feel.
Introducing our brand new range for spring/summer, what a sensational season lies ahead! Décor trends around the home are moving in exciting new directions and our latest collections continue to capture key fashion moments.
We have seventeen sensational new collections to capture your attention and inspire fresh interior design projects for the new year. Texture has come to the fore, exemplified by opulent silks, rich chenilles, welcoming weaves and enticing embroideries.
Our prints also continue to inspire with references to rustic bliss and the natural world. Plus a new digital print collection Iona, combines watercolour florals, bold brushstrokes and a duo of coordinating jacquards, creating striking interiors!
The new range also includes four enticing new plains, from a lustrous suede look to a statement faux leather. Plus we are excited to present our new wall coverings range; Origin, an exotic fusion of themes, motifs, textures and tones!
Summer may be over in many Countries but Asia and maybe some parts of Oceana are experiencing "summer" type weathers. Give it a helping hand and invigorate your home with one of the season’s biggest trends, florals. No longer the hallmark of your grandma’s house, florals are bold, energetic and bang on-trend. Here’s our five tips for flower power with style.
1. Covet your colours
We love bright, energetic, summery palettes of turquoise, hot pink, violet and lipstick pink, which can be highlighted with lime and coral and balanced out with taupes and warm greys. Florals don’t have to look girly either, bright vivid colours will create a more male-friendly, modern-art vibe. If you prefer a more muted palette, florals in faded pastel hues are perfect for a shabby chic look.
2. Size matters
Much like flowers themselves, each pattern has its own mood or personality established by size and style as well as colour. Use large bold prints to create a cool, modern look, or be dainty and discreet with smaller, chintzy florals. If you’re going large it’s better to go simple, try open prints with lots of visible background and hang vivid artwork on a plain wall.
3. Mix and match
Florists create stunning bouquets in a mix of blooms, and your floral décor can follow suit. For a vintage look use small pastel florals in slightly different shades, or choose different patterns which have the same colour background for a mis-matched yet cohesive effect. If you want to introduce your blooms in a more subtle way, contrast them against other designs to steal the show without being flower-heavy, like in the Corniche collection from Osborne and Little.
4. Pair with contemporary pieces
Unless your look is intentionally vintage, it can be difficult to make florals work without looking old fashioned. Combat this by offsetting with geometric prints or pair with contemporary furniture. A leather chair, graphic rug or an unusual light fitting will instantly modernise the space, and sleek white furniture will create a quirky, contemporary dynamic.
5. Don’t just fake it
Nothing quite beats the real thing, so supplement your floral prints with fresh cut flowers. Be creative with containers too; go elegant with crystal vases or for a rustic feel opt for basic terra cotta pots and old watering cans. Vintage-style china in floral prints will complement your flowers, we love the Ditsy Floral collection from Katie Alice.
Designs for Tropical Theme
Ever got the itch to decorate but lack the time and budget for a complete overhaul? Here are our quick-fire ideas to reinvigorate space and add instant style with ease.
Clearing clutter is the first step to achieving a beautiful home, and you’ll be amazed by the difference it will make. The best part is, you’re likely to stumble across forgotten items that can add vintage charm and personalised touches.
Paper it beautiful
Use minimum wallpaper to create maximum effect. Cover just one of your walls with a rich patterned wallpaper while keeping the others plain, or make an even bolder statement by adding paper to sections of the space. If you’re lucky enough to have Georgian-style walls, work with the design and paper into the wall’s natural panelling. You can use this technique on panelled wardrobes or cupboards too.
Window of opportunity
People often overlook the fact that windows are a key element of a room’s look and feel. Change up curtains to add drama, and don’t be afraid to use windowsills to display a few well-chosen accessories. Be careful not to block windows with your furniture as the natural light makes a room look bigger.
Create vibrant new look with accessories like cushions, throws, and rugs for splashes of colour that can easily be swapped as your taste and seasons change. Accessorise in colours which compliment your design (use the colour wheel to help you choose) and vary textures. Use wall art or photo frames to enhance an otherwise plain wall.
Make a statement
Introducing just one statement piece can add a whole new dimension to a room, whether it’s an elegant armchair or a stand-out light fitting. Don’t think you have to spend a fortune on new furniture. Simply give your living space a fresh feel by experimenting with new fabrics. Re-upholster that bucket chair and titivate your table.
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