Get Creative with Colour

Colour can instantly transform an interior like nothing else, but how do the professionals create such beautiful colour schemes we all love to use?

Professional interior designer, Hannah Barnes, shows you how she creates timeless schemes her clients love, and how you can incorporate them into your home project:

1. Be inspired by nature

Mother nature never gets in wrong, and you only have to look at the tonal shades of Autumn leaves to know how beautifully co-ordinated nature can be.  Take a look at the striking colour schemes below, all found in nature, courtesy of Pintrest:




(Left) Simply looking into a bunch of fruit on a tree, provides us with warm greens and deep zesty oranges and yellows, perfect for a welcoming autumnal interior scheme.

(Centre) A group of root vegetables proves how rich nature’s colours are; here we see bold aubergine shades next to mint pastel greens and pretty lilacs.

(Right): A misty forest scene tones beautiful navy blues with crisp aqua shades for a subtle cool colour scheme.


2. Create your very own undiscovered schemes



Finding workable colour scheme is one thing, but how do you apply it at home?

Here’s how: (Left) Perhaps there’s  painting you love –  just look at all the clashing shades which can be found and then find ways to apply in your home.  For example, use the top sage green for your main walls, the deeper greens for feature walls or a piece of furniture, the warm ivory for woodwork and the bold splash of red as an accent colours in cushions and a great table lamp.

(Centre) For a subtle and more tonal scheme, (see middle), use colour shades which are closer together.  For example, keep the pale off whites to your wall colours, adding the punch of mustard yellow in an unexpected armchair chair.  Just to move against the current white-woodwork trend, why not use the deep green-grey for your architraves and skirting boards to really frame your new crisp colour scheme.

(Right) Quite often, the colour scheme I’m searching to create for a client doesn’t really exist in current trends, so I just make it up! Cool grey interiors with crisp white woodwork have been seen everywhere in 2014, so by using more  of a cool blue-grey, adding driftwood browns in furniture, a forest green accent colour (which is not often seen in a cool blue room), a brand new colour scheme is created!  For a real pop of something new, I would add a polished copper ceiling light to bring in warm orangey tones, just like the metallic pear sculptures in the image.

Not ready for Autumn yet? Read one of Hannah’s earlier blogs on bringing the Colours of Summer to cheer up your home!


3. Raw colour

Although nature boasts stunning bold colour combinations, in their natural state, woods, metals and stones showcase really beautiful easy-to-live with hues for your home.


(Left) Matt brushed concrete has a subtle sheen to it, and looks effortless next to stripped back oak floors.  There are almost no painted surfaces in this picture, allowing the natural beauty of the raw materials add their own shades.

(Centre) Distressed woods don’t have to be restired to your floors.  Create a focal wall embracing the rough sawn textures and natural grains of wood.  Paint the odd plank if you simply can’t resist, but wood has its own beautiful colours, varying from rich walnuts to paler oaks and ash.

(Right) One of our recent interior projects really enhanced the naturally coloured stone, travertine.  Used in a tile form all over the walls in this bathroom project in Bollington, the crisp white porcelain and sprakle of mirror over the sink, allowed the pink travertine hue to be the main colour in the room.  See more images from this bathroom project.


For more colour, pattern and interior advice, contact Hannah to book your free home consultation.

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