Summer is all about an abundance of energy, fun, friends and family… and that sounds colourful to say the least! Colour will literally raise your energy levels, attract good energy, conversation and laughter.
Inside and outside, this is the season to enjoy a bounty of colour in your décor. Bouquets of hot pink peonies, fuchsia, tangerine and pineapple coloured throw cushions, turquoise vases and red corals all come home. Don’t be afraid of too much colour or to be creative with your hue combinations. In the past, we have shyed away from neighboring hues on the colour wheel being seen together but not this year. Top designers are creating fabulous rooms using neighboring hues such as yellow, orange and pink, even adding in a punch of red or yellow, turquoise, fuchsia and purples with no regrets. Always grounded with a foundation of neutrals, we love to see these fresh palettes in our spaces. They are crisp, clean and fresh in their appeal.
Dreaming of colour in your rooms, but not sure how to get started? First, find inspiration. While sipping a delicious, chilled glass of chardonnay on the patio (designer tip: keep stainless steel wine glass in your freezer for just such as occasion, they keep wine cooler longer and look very on trend) flip through the latest issue of your favorite fashion magazine, find an ad or runway shot of a colourful outfit or even a scarf and a bag and use this as your inspiration. Next head to your local paint store and pick out paint chips that are in the picture, grab them all, both the neutrals and the brights. Do not edit the colours. Head home and on your dining room table surround the picture with all the paint chips. Now, pull your favorites and place them to one side. Keep the remaining chips on the other side of the inspiration photo. I bet you’re saying wow, these colours look amazing together but how do I use so many and can I really mix it up like this?
Next, pick up the phone and call your favorite designer, and arrange for a consultation so that you two can collaborate to find great wallpapers to bring colour to a wall or two, maybe even consider painting a ceiling and of course move in the bright, colourful accessories to add all the ‘wow factor’ you’re looking for.
Colour is the easiest way to inspire fun energy and inject passion into a room. Remember that hot colours such as shades of yellow, orange and red will raise your heart rate, increase levels of conversation and appetite, while cool shades such as blues, greens and violets will soothe the spirit, and create calm, restful spaces. It’s a great skill and an invaluable tool knowing how to use colour and to also not be afraid to use it and to mix creative palettes.