We all know how much the use of colour in a home can literally make it or break it. Here, Judy Smith, Colour Consultant at Crown, gives us some colour-coordinating ideas.

Using Tropical and Exotic Shades

Use a palette of strong greens with highlights of citrus lemon and chartreuse to mirror ferns and foliage.

A colour palette of chalky tones will reflect all available sunlight – for added depth try a bright colour like orange or shocking pink on a wall that is at right angles to a window.

Keep window dressings well away from the actual window to let in the maximum available light or choose a blind, and then paint the recess and window frame a sunny colour like Sherbet Lemon.

Paint junk or inexpensive furniture in tones of green and deep teal for use both inside and out as a visual link. This can work for plant containers and bowls as well.

If you have a room that runs directly from the garden, consider painting the side walls or fencing outside in the same colour as the walls inside to visually open up the whole area. 

Using Colour in Kitchens

We often choose to keep kitchen units and appliances to tones of white and grey with materials for floors and worktops like stainless steel, polished concrete and wood because these are expensive items that we don’t want to have to replace very often, yet form a neutral basis to which we can add a personal touch. They are the perfect base for vibrant colour that will add personality and style, yet which can be inexpensively changed and updated in the future.

Really bright colours work well – shocking pink, orange, electric blue – and these can be painted on to cupboards, if you prepare them first by sanding down and using a primer, behind a clear perspex splashback, or as whole walls of colour.

Likewise, clear pastel tones of lemon, mint and pink are less vibrant, but just as effective.

Mixing Two Colours

If you are choosing two colours that go together for the first time, the simplest way is to keep to tones of the same basic colour – like a pale grey green with a deeper olive. Another is to choose a soft and stronger colour that has a similar underlying hue, for example, a warm taupe with soft terracotta, or the colder hues of a cool off white with a deep turquoise.

Cloudburst, Powder Blue and Chartreuse Mix.

Oxygen, Delicious Pink and Periwinkle.

Cloudburst and Chartreuse Mix, Scottish Pine, Pure Brilliant White and Black Gloss.

Palm Springs and Stepping Stone.


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