11 Simple Steps to De-Beige Your Home

and brighten up your life

Sarah Quilliam by Sarah Quilliam

DE-BEIGE YOUR HOME IN 11 STEPS AND BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE
Choosing a neutral décor is fine – but it can be the easy option and sometimes the best decisions are harder to make.

So if you’re contemplating breaking free from muted tones, then it’s important to have all the interior information you need to make the right choices.

Here, you’ll find eleven essential tips to help you do more with colour.

CHOOSE YOUR WALL COLOURS LAST
Sounds counter-intuitive, right? But if you want to introduce colour to your décor, then start by planning your furnishings, fabrics and accent tones. Once you’ve tackled the little details, you can pick a wall colour that ties everything together.

TAKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH
Consider the whole of your home before settling on a colourway for a single room. Moving from a red kitchen to a black lounge would be jarring, so keep your scheme consistent.

BE INDIVIDUAL
If you see a colour everywhere, then go for something different. The shade you were going to use has probably become overexposed and a backlash could be just round the corner. So get ahead of the game by anticipating the next trend.

DO IT FOR YOU
Colour, mood and character are closely linked – making decorating a great way to match your personality and home. By using hints of shades that relate to what you find important, you’ll create an emotional link to your décor.

THINK 60/30/10
The simplest way to get the colour scheme proportions right is to think 60/30/10. Get it right by going 60% for your wall tone, 30% for your trim shades and furnishings, and 10% for your accent colour.   

OR... STRIKE YOUR OWN BALANCE
If you’re feeling confident, then you can forget about 60/30/10 and make up your own rules. Although, the more colours you use, the more difficult it is to create colour harmony.

A LITTLE GOES  A LONG WAY
Your accent colour should be pure and strong – and used in small amounts throughout the whole room.

ACCENTUATE A SPACE
If you live in an open-plan apartment, you can create distinct areas for different purposes with accent walls. Define a corner with colour and you’ll have an instant office, or mark out a kitchen from the living room with a splash of paint.   

THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO COLOUR BLOCK
You don’t have to go with a single block of solid colour for a feature wall – try striped wallpaper for a more subtle effect.

CLASHING COLOUR
Two strong colours can live together – just be careful and introduce different shades of each throughout the décor.

BACK TO BLACK
A cleverly positioned black bookshelf or side table can help to highlight the other colours in a room. Bringing together clashing soft furnishings, such as a bright Roman blind and a rug, is a great way to get this look

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