The Perfect Palette
Grey has ruled the interiors agenda for some time now… and why not? Grey is highly versatile; cool, warm, contemporary, traditional, a loveable colour that can work in every room in the house. This essential neutral provides a softer option to crisp white in a minimalist scheme, and gives a modern edge over magnolia. However grey isn’t for everyone, so we’ve been looking into some alternative palettes for your home.Many of us can only dream of having a large space (like those we admire in ELLE Decoration) to work with, but with a careful and considered use of colour you can optimise the space that you do have and create an illusion of a lighter, larger room. Choose one colour for walls and woodwork, preferably a cool and fresh shade like Earthborn Whisker or Cupboard Love. Paint the ceiling in a lighter shade but keep floor coverings darker as this will elongate the space. Keep it simple but beautiful with a minimal scheme, opting for furniture with strong and simple shapes. A comfortable low slung sofa like The Sixty Seven would be a perfect choice for adding softness and warmth to a pared back scheme. Dress with linen cushions for a truly inviting space.
For those after something a little more dramatic, the trend for bolder paints remains strong. If you want to make a statement but also keep your living room calm and cosy, try painting in a darker colour. We really like Little Greene Hicks Blue or Obsidian Green. Again, paint walls, woodwork, even radiators and window frames in these richer colours to give an inviting and intimate feel.
It’s very easy to get excited about paint shades (we do all the time) however when re-decorating a room it is often a good idea to start with furniture and choose the larger items first. Once you’ve settled on a fabric for your main sofa, you can use this as a starting point for matching wall colours, flooring and accent pieces. One of our favourites at the moment is Brush, particularly in Rose, Pewter and Slate colours which not only complement each other, but sit well in pretty much any scheme.
A final tip – don’t be afraid of colour! Paint can always be painted over, so be brave and choose something you love to create a space that’s truly yours. Head over to our Pinterest page for decorating ideas and more colour inspiration.