Palettes with different coloured metals
Celebrating exploration, experimentation and the consumers’ desire to mix, blend and create the unexpected, the colour palette for 2018 showcases the unique nuances of happy colours and cheerful textures. Along with this freedom to explore and experiment with vibrant colours, designers and consumers no longer want to feel limited by traditional colour guidelines.
Untypical shades are seen to be paired up with metallics and deep gem colours; and velvet, satin and lace are back too! One of the simplest ways to understand how to use a mixed bag of colours and textures is to understand proportions of spaces in a room. For example, your walls would have the largest area of colour, followed by floor and ceiling. Next, you might have a feature wall or an art wall or a mural, followed by the furniture and lastly accent pieces like cushions or throw rugs.
A black or white marble floor forms the perfect canvas for any colour palette, whether it is soft neutrals, earthy naturals or bright colours. Rich colour palettes like turquoise, royal purple, magenta, crimson and navy blue can be paired with metallic shades like copper, yellow gold or chromium. Deep rich colours can be used in upholstery and metals can be used in cushions or other accent pieces. Velvets, satins and laces are ideal for window dressing and look dramatic even during the day. Always remember to create a particular style or follow a theme while using a mixed colour palette in order to make your space look more unified.
The dos and don’ts when using these colours
Colour is the most emotional element in interior design and therefore we need to understand how it works in tandem with tones, hues and textures. Sometimes the best design ideas come from allowing a space and colour to speak to you. When choosing colours you should remember this – bright cool colours generally make a room look bigger and dark warm colours generally make a room look smaller and more intimate. It also helps to remember that apart from colour; tones, accents textures and lighting are the other elements that contribute towards completing the desired look. Rich colours appear to advance,create coziness and lend an air of class and this can help you manipulate the sense of space in your room. Bright colours should ideally be used in any one element in the room. For example, if your main sofa is upholstered in turquoise, do not use that colour anywhere else in the room. However, if you are using turquoise as an accent colour in the room, you could use it for cushions, rugs as well as other décor pieces.
Handy tips on using moodier palettes at home
It may seem a little risky initially, but moody colour palettes can actually liven up a space as it gives a sense of dramatic luxury. Because of the risk factor, more people tend to opt for safer colour palettes like neutrals, thereby making moody colours more exclusive. A lot of bright colours in one room can make the room look busy, so ensure that these are balanced with softer textures. Textures are meant to enhance a colour scheme rather than overwhelm it.
Be mindful of the function of your space too, a person using the room should feel comfortable and relaxed.
Bright colours can improve your mood and of those around you too. A recent study also shows that men and women see colour slightly differently. It is said that while men’s eyes see colours such as Red, women’s eyes will see the different shades/tones of that colour too. Light, both natural and artificial, has a dramatic effect on colour, whether it is neutral colour or bright. While selecting colour, it is important to see the swatch in daylight as well as in the artificial light that will be used in your room. Lighting, art, rugs, furniture, wall paint, and fabrics bring colour and textural interest to a space making opportunities almost endless.