7 Ways to add depth to your home with bright colours!

7 Ways to add depth to your home with bright colours!

7 Ways to add depth to your home with bright colours!

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The psychological and stylistic qualities of colours are numerous and often times, inexplicable. Colours not only show personality and preferences of homeowners, but also add illusionistic structural and architectural changes to homes, when chosen correctly.

No matter what size your home is, adding depth by means of colour palette is guaranteed to work and best of all—be a rather cost-effective change! Below we will examine how to add depth and an illusion of space to various rooms in your house whether it be changes in wall colour, adding plants and flowers or subtle additions to your life that bring huge impact.

All of our options are cost-effective for most homeowners and can provide both permanent or temporary solutions to a variety of spaces! We hope you slowly start to shift away from neutrals (or leave them in your wardrobe) and opt for happy and inspiring colours in your living space!

Check out this Ideabook for how integrate bold colours into your home!

Set the Base

Setting the base in any room means to set the particularly tone you're thinking about.  This example we've provided shows the several ways in which you can set the base for a particular room.  Look at your flooring—is it hardwood, carpet, or laminate? No matter what it is—work with it like the homeowners here did.  Play up the thick baseboards and the light-grain wood with bold colours on the walls.

If your home is more open concept where the interiors of every room will be exposed—then try what this homeowner did and make each room and the wall colours collaborate. In order to do this properly, choose one colour palette of at least two to three colours and work with different shades within this specific colour palette!  We promise this will be a successful endeavor—and wall colour is always a cheaper option than most other changes!

The 60/30/10 Rule

First, we will explain The 60/30/10 Rule if you've never heard of it!  The idea of 60/30/10 is based on the human tendency to see overall themes—60% is the hue/colour we pick up on first, the 30% are the contrasting and fun accent colours and 10% are the small accessories and decor you add to a room to make it pop!

So, as a rule of thumb:

60% dominant colour 

30% secondary colour

10% accent colour 

The dominant colour will usually come from the wall colours, the secondary colour will come from the furniture and upholstery and the 10% will come from accent items, such as flowers, plants and small accessories!  Now, we know this might sound overwhelming at first—but trust us, it's not if you plan accordingly! Find the right colour palette and a few contrasting colours and give it a try!

Use contrasting colours to add some definite dimension and depth to your space! This designer perfectly utilises contrasting colours with every design feature in the home. The dark grey walls lay in contrast to the neon-yellow chair, as well as the white accent walls and ceilings. Also notice how the unique, black light fixture lay in contrast to the light-grain wood floor.

As an experiment, try using opposite colours on different sides of your room—ceiling to floor and wall to wall just to try something different.

Follow Nature's Lead

Allow plants and natural elements to speak for themselves! When you're thinking about everything from interior design to fashion and colour palette—everything truly falls in sync with nature.  Lighter and brighter colours are found in spring time and darker jewel tones and neutrals are preferred in autumn!

Let nature guide you!

Contrasting Colours

Use contrasting colours to add some definite dimension and depth to your space! This designer perfectly utilises contrasting colours with every design feature in the home. The dark grey walls lay in contrast to the neon-yellow chair, as well as the white accent walls and ceilings. Also, notice how the unique, black light fixture lay in contrast to the light-grain wood floor.

As an experiment, try using opposite colours on different sides of your room—ceiling to floor and wall to wall just to try something different.

Don't Forget the Black

When talking about colours, sadly people often forget about the power of black. If your home is of lighter colours, then think about black for structural items (like here) and accessories and if your home is darker then take it even darker by painting those hardwood floors black, and perhaps the window frames too! 

Most people are a little weary of painting over original wood, especially with dark colour like black—and we understand.  Just take your time to look through designer portfolios and online design databases and your possibilities and how to make it work!

Here, is a great example of how darker interior colours can make a space seem larger and more grand!

Subtle Colours with Huge Impact

Sometimes the smallest amount of colour can make the biggest impact on your space.  Especially if you're someone that prefers modern, Scandinavian or minimalist style, try making a room pop with a small amount of colour. Like seen here, a bold yellow couch really brings this design together—but think about colourful chairs, accent tables, coffee tables—and last but not least, accessories!

Live with Colours Before You Buy

Lastly, try to live with small amounts of colour here and there before you fully (and permanently) dedicate your life and home to bold, bright colours.  Test yourself by buying bright and mix-coloured bouquets of flowers and feel the energy they exert in your home, in your rooms and most importantly, on you!

Try out bold, bright colours not only in plants and flowers—think about wall art, graphic prints, funky lamps and even colourful decorative accessories like vintage globes and maps!

Have you incorporated bright colours in your home? Tell us how by commenting below!
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