Colour Tips for Your Home

If you want to be bold with colour in your home but don’t know where to start, consider these helpful hints to steer you in the right direction.

See how to integrate colour into every room as we take a tour through this bold-hued dream home.

A warm entrance

This home offers a colour journey that unfolds as you make your way through.

The ground floor is warm and inviting — “like an afternoon glow” — and the colour palette changes as you move upstairs and beyond.

Warm pink tones and timber help create a bold but welcoming living space.

Warm tones, like dusty pinks, ochres and rust-coloured reds, plus plenty of timber helps to create an inviting vibe in the open-living ground floor.

You can even use colour in unexpected places. For instance, the kitchen features a custom-coloured island bench.

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The setting sun tone of the island bench was colour developed by Carlene using the Taubmans Coloursmith app, which she called ‘Golden Hour’. The Coloursmith app allows you to take photos of anything you like, hone in on a particular hue and have it made into a custom paint colour. It’s an easy way to locate colours you love and bring them into your home.

Paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls

Upstairs, Carlene used a lot of green in the living and bedroom spaces.

Carlene used the same colour on the walls and ceiling.

While the living area utilises different shades of green to accent different features, the bedroom uses the same sage green colour across all the walls and the ceiling.

“Don’t be afraid to paint the ceiling the same colour as the wall, even if it’s a bold colour,”. “A white ceiling in [the bedroom] just would have been stark against the richness of the green.”

Create flow with half-strength colours

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Use a half strength paint of the bedroom colour in the ensuite to ensure they were distinguished but still felt connected.

Create continuity by using a half-strength of the same colour to theme adjoining rooms, ceilings and different features of a room.

“It creates cohesion but also a sense of light and shade,” she confirms.

Highlight features with different colours

In one bedroom, use a slightly deeper version of the wall colour on the ceiling to emphasise the unique details of a pressed metal ceiling. This subtly enhanced this gorgeous feature.

This pressed metal ceiling is a deeper shade than the walls.

This is also another example of ways to veer away from a white or contrasting ceiling. While many believe a white ceiling will make the room look bigger or brighter, it can instead interrupt the flow and have a jarring effect.

Carry colour themes throughout separate but nearby spaces

The tones of this home get cooler the further in you go through it. Style two blue bedrooms and carried a similar tone through the bathroom. She tied the rooms together by using similar-coloured soft furnishings, like cushions and decor.

The bathrooms were a similar blue colour to nearby rooms.

“There are a lot of colours in this home, but because they’re transitioned gently throughout the overall outcome is cohesive and calm,”.

You don’t have to paint every space the same colour, but think in ‘zones’ or consider how you can tie adjoining rooms together through highlights (or lowlights) and complementary decor.

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