5 Ways to be BOLD with Colour in your Room Scheme
“BOLD needn’t be loud and garish, being Bold tastefully is the name of the game”
All interiors, need bold features to add a touch of drama and impact and make the room design come alive. Without these bold touches the scheme will lack any real substance and all the hard work and money spent can be wasted as the scheme will tend to blend into nothingness. In my last post I looked at being bold with colour and pattern as being one of the ways to add the all important drama to your space, and following on in this post I’m going to share 5 ways you can put this into practice. Being Bold with colour or pattern doesn’t need to mean loud and garish, being bold tastefully is the name of the game. Here are my 5 tips for using colour and pattern to make a bold, but beautiful statement to your interior.
1.ACCENT WITH BOLD CONTRAST COLOURS
Choose your main bold colour and paint out the whole room in that colour, ideally including the ceilings and the woodwork. Then add 1 or maximum two bold contrasting colours via accessories which will ‘pop’ as they do here with the gold and red against the blue. Tie it altogether by adding a rug, window treatment, cushions or maybe a chair with one or both the wall and the accent colours.
2. ADD A BOLD STATEMENT PIECE OF FURNITURE IN A BANGING COLOUR OR PATTERN!
Keeping the rest of the elements in subdued but similar colour tone, add a statement piece of furniture like a sofa or headboard in a bold colour or pattern and gently pick up the colour via smaller subtle accents. Add other neutrals (including black) and natural finishes such as wood, as here in the wooden flooring, to soften.
3. USE A BOLD COLOURFUL PIECE OF ART, WALL MURAL OR WALLPAPER
By using a more neutral colour as a backdrop add a bold piece of Art or perhaps a wall mural and pick out a couple of colours and use for other elements in the room via accessories, rugs or other fabric. In this way the feature will stand out but there will be unity to the scheme. In this room , note the addition of neutral black in touches and the tan leather sofa which is also working as a neutral finish to add more interest via texture to the room without detracting from the colour scheme.
4. USE ONE REALLY SUPER BOLD COLOUR
You need to really make the commitment with this one and use one really bold colour on ALL walls, ceiling and woodwork, don’t loose confidence and do just one wall, it won’t work. If you then balance the strong colour with other neutral colours (use black as a neutral as well as whiter neutral tones) and finishes such as wood and stone and metallics, these will soften the look without it loosing impact. This image is one of my favourites, its bold but in no way jarring or garish, instead its dramatic, interesting warm and relaxed in feel.
5. USE CLASHING TONES AND PATTERNS IN A NEUTRAL TONED BACKDROP
Painting the room in a neutral tone and then adding some elements of clashing colours via furniture or soft furnishings is a clever way to create impact without overpowering the scheme. In this lovely cheerful room there are a mirad of colours in the books, paintings and furnishings but they are not fighting for their place because of the neutral backdrop which is allowing them to shine in their own right.
Whichever you choose before you start make sure you love and are drawn to the pattern/colours you have chosen and be fully committed, BE BOLD add drama!
So there are a few bold and colourful ideas to use in your space to chase the winter blues away, which is your favourite?are you bold enough?
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