Embracing Colour in Your Home Just Got So Much Easier With This Expert's Advice
Scandi-design has had a long moment in the spotlight, with everything from white walls, simple furnishings, and clean lines dominating the home of designers and creatives alike. However, just like with fashion trends, the tides are changing in the interiors sphere, and similar to the major trends pulled out from fashion week's across the globe, this season’s burgeoning trend is: Bold colour.
If adding anything too trend focused scares you, after careful thought, we think that with the perfect styling this will be here to stay. Besides, you can always paint your walls back to a neutral colour, right? Always at the forefront of predicting trends, Temple & Webster have recently launched a new paint range that features a series of chic shades specifically designed to match any interior aesthetic. They also do delivery, so you can ditch the annoying trips back and forth to your local Bunnings. To get expert tips on incorporating colour into your homes, we spoke to Temple & Webster styling experts Jessica Bellef and Lucy Sutherland for their advice. Read on.
What will be the big colour trends for winter?
Jessica Bellef: Edging closer to winter, sage is the new neutral that will persist. The muted, chalky grey-green tone is adaptive to many interior styles, working seamlessly with the warm tones and textures of tan leather, walnut timber and rich brass, or sharpened up when paired with crisp white. The palette of baked earth and spice infused tones will warm up our winter. Also, shades of terracotta, clay, turmeric and cinnamon will filter through our homes and wardrobes.
How would you incorporate them into your home?
JB: As sage is such a soft, calming colour, it would be very easy to live with it washed over your walls. On a smaller scale, an overflowing bunch of silver gum eucalyptus leaves will add a hit of sage and a hint of natural texture. Shades of terracotta, clay, turmeric and cinnamon can be quite punchy and intense, so use them sparingly, as highlights in bedding, cushions, artwork and statement decor pieces.
If someone wanted to create a feature wall in the home, what colour should it be, and how should they style around the feature wall?
JB: The colour of a feature wall should make a statement but it shouldn't disrupt the home's overall decorating scheme. I suggest decorating with shade variations of the feature wall colour, so that wall's colour is anchored by other pieces in the room and flows harmoniously.
What colour is best for a living room, a bedroom, and a kitchen?
Lucy Sutherland: It really depends what mood you want to create in your room. It is best to stick with calm colours in your bedroom such as greys, blues and shades of green if you want to get a restful night's sleep. Kitchens are often best painted in a neutral colour with the focus being on texture and finishes in the cabinetry and bench tops. If you want to add a bit of drama, use a deeper neutral shade on the wall such as Temple & Webster's Lodge or Den shades. Living rooms suit muted relaxing colours, such as soft greys, deep inky blues, or warm neutrals.
Many people are hesitant to paint a wall in their home a dark colour. How can you ensure it doesn’t close up the room?
LS: Using dark colours on a feature wall in a room or two facing walls will often make your room feel smaller. Dark colours are perfect for making large rooms feel cosy, but they need to be used carefully in small spaces. If you are using a dark colour, use a cool shade of blue, green, grey as these are colours that tend to make walls recede rather than feel closed in.