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To kickstart your room makeover project, start by thinking of the kind of atmosphere you’d like to have for your room. Want a calming and relaxing room? Try lighter shades of blue. Want something more dramatic and strong? Try red. As such, understanding different shades of colours give different effects is important.
Still clueless as to which colour you should go for? Take inspiration from these rooms and get a few decor tips for different room colours:
When it comes to choosing the right paint for you next room makeover, the safest option to go for is neutral colours like white, grey, brown etc. You can never go wrong with neutrals: they’re versatile, timeless and can be matched with almost everything you can think of, from furniture to home decor.
A few tips on decorating with neutral colours:
+ Play around with texture since you’re playing it safe with colours like getting cushions made of different fabrics.
+ Try out different prints and patterns to spruce up your room.
+ Add pops of colour with small pieces like cushions, rugs, lightings etc.
+ Don’t stick to the commonly used white, grey or brown. Experiment with different shades of neutral colours like beige, ivory, taupe etc.
It’s no surprise that blue is one of more common colours used for bathrooms and bedrooms, given its calming, relaxing and serene effect. However, picking the right shade of blue is important in order to get the atmosphere you’re looking for. Don’t go for darker shades, unless you’d like a gloomy and sad atmosphere. Choose warmer shades of blue instead to create a warm, cosy and relaxing feel.
A few tips for decorating with blue: if you’ve chosen to paint your room with a lighter shade of blue, create a balance by pairing it with darker wooden furniture or warm coloured furniture. Or you can play it safe by pairing it with white.
Green is said to be the most soothing colour for the eye, making it one of the best choice to go for when choosing a paint colour. As with every other colours, different shades of green give different effects. Certain shades of green has a relaxing effect, while others give off warmth, creating a homely feel.
A tip for decorating with green: avoid using only one hue for everything. Mix it up with different shades of green like matching olive with lime.
If you’re working with small apartments, avoid darker shades of purple. While they do give off a romantic, rich and sophisticated feel, they can make a room feel smaller. Opt for lighter shades of purple instead as they make a room feel spacious and airy.
A tip for decorating with purple: if you feel that darker shades of purple are too dramatic, balance it out with light-coloured decor like white curtains.
Yellow can be a tricky colour to work with. While yellow appears to be cheerful and vibrant, it can also appear strong and dramatic at the same time. The trick is to use yellow moderately so that it doesn’t look too much. And you can always depend on neutral colours like white to tone it down.
Choose orange if you want a colour that is not as powerful as red. Orange gives off warmth and can make a room feel cosy, making it an ideal colour to be used for rooms that do no get much natural light. For brightly lit rooms, stick to lighter shades of orange like apricot.
Thinking of what to pair your orange walls with? Try wooden, vintage furniture or other pieces in white, just like the living room pictured above.
No other colour is as intense, strong and dramatic as red. If you’re bold enough, try red! And if you’re looking for warmth, it’s definitely one of the other warm colours to check out other than orange. Keep in mind that it can be challenging to paint walls red. You’ll need to coat the walls with two or three layers of paint.
Some tips for decorating with red:
+ Paint only one wall instead of four if you’re afraid it might look too much
+ Pair it with colours like cool greys, white or beige to tone it down
+ Pair it with wooden furniture, just like the living room pictured above