Once you’ve decided on your core colour themes, it’s time to start spreading them throughout your rooms. Some people let colour psychology guide them – for example, yellow is deemed too energising for a bedroom, unlike blue that’s linked to feelings of calmness and serenity. Others rely more on what will work best with the natural light available (a crucial point), inspirational images they’ve found and want to replicate, or even gut instinct for what they want and where.
Try not to divide your colours too strictly. Having a single-colour room, even with all of the tonal variations of that hue, will quickly feel contrived. Instead, blend your colour themes so that a little of each is felt as you move about your home. Take our main dining room image where you can see all four colours – white, blue, grey and warm brown – but in different guises. The brown comes through the oak table, the basket to the side, and the golden, honeyed undertones to the brown means you can even afford to bring in a mustard tone, seen on the sofa in the backdrop. Now move to the armchair and vase shot where, this time, you have only three of the four colour themes – white on the Theo armchair, different styles of blue on the cushion and pots, and golden brown on the window frame. Remember that you don’t have to use all four themes in every room – two or three is fine as well. And that building your colour palette isn’t solely about paint and fabric. Your windows, your doors, your floorboards and fixtures all have a role to play.
Your core colours can blend too, which leads you into other complementary tones. In our dining table and dresser image, the wall colour is a brown-based grey, which brings about a tonal difference in the room but one that’s in-tune with the rest of your palette.
Similarly, degrees of tone mean that you can achieve necessary points of contrast that give a room its light and shade without the need to add a new colour entirely. The golden brown from your core colour theme that allowed you to bring in elements of mustard, means that when you apply it in a bigger way, they have impact. It’s what makes the Finian Mustard George sofa in the grey sitting room feel so well-matched. And it’s what makes the ochre plaster wall so in-keeping.