Colouring my world

When I began decorating our home (before uncovering my interest in interiors), I’ll admit that I was nervous about using bold colours in our space. It was a combination of not knowing how to carry them from room to room and being worried that I’d like a colour one day and hate it the next. And I mentioned earlier that fashion has had a huge impact on developing my aesthetic. When I was a teenager, I was unapologetic with colours and patterns, but at some point in my 20’s I seemed to play less with it. I think this was a result of spending my hard-earned money, so opting for neutrals in all aspects of life started to seem like a safer option. I had no trouble incorporating colourful home accessories, but it was the thought of painting walls and purchasing coloured pieces of furniture that had me feeling out of my comfort zone. Plus, like so many of us, I really do love a clean, blank slate that can be styled in a million different ways. So it became a quick decision to paint all of our rooms white. 

This was about four years ago. Although I still really love the shade we opted for (Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace!), as I’ve been working in the field and have gained confidence, I'm now so excited to really play with colour and take more risks. My personal work has seen this shift and you’ll find I’m a pretty hard split between soaking a space with sophisticated neutrals for a calm and dreamy effect, and waking you up real fast with a healthy dose of vibrant colours to remind you that life should be fun, happy, and humorous. 

There will be more blog posts to come focused on particular hues, how to incorporate colours in your space, and so on, but for now I thought I’d share some inspiration that got me so excited to really start bringing colour into our home. The key to making colours work is matching them in intensity.

Like these accidentally Wes Anderson ones:

Via  MyDomaine    Because    the intensity of the hues are perfectly matched , and the pink/yellow combo set in a casual atmosphere remind me of sunny beaches and all that's good in the world ☝🏼   

Via MyDomaine

 Because the intensity of the hues are perfectly matched, and the pink/yellow combo set in a casual atmosphere remind me of sunny beaches and all that's good in the world ☝🏼

 

Via  Brit + Co   Because the deep blue + orange also match in intensity and are  complementary colours , but when  paired with natural wood   tones  it adds a dash of sophistication to ground the look ☝🏼   

Via Brit + Co

Because the deep blue + orange also match in intensity and are complementary colours, but when paired with natural wood tones it adds a dash of sophistication to ground the look ☝🏼

 

Via  H itta Hem  Because pink + orange (and pink + red!) is a fun, unexpected match-made-in-heaven that I'll never tire of. The  energy level in each is high , and when  paired with bright white and light birch , these two lovebirds shine while not outshining the other ☝🏼   

Via Hitta Hem

Because pink + orange (and pink + red!) is a fun, unexpected match-made-in-heaven that I'll never tire of. The energy level in each is high, and when paired with bright white and light birch, these two lovebirds shine while not outshining the other ☝🏼

 

Via  Tess Guinery   Because here we see complimentary blue + orange in another light - this time in a more muted pastelly kinda way. The  artwork ties in the sorbet wall colour, and the tropical blue adds an electrifying punch . Plus, adding nature (like plants and fresh cut flowers) to a room  always  works to up the ante ☝🏼

Via Tess Guinery

Because here we see complimentary blue + orange in another light - this time in a more muted pastelly kinda way. The artwork ties in the sorbet wall colour, and the tropical blue adds an electrifying punch. Plus, adding nature (like plants and fresh cut flowers) to a room always works to up the ante ☝🏼

 

And then there are those rich, dark and soft, muted tones that certainly aren't giving the bright, summer's-now-in-session feeling shown above, but the muted tones are calm and dreamy, while simultaneously make my heart beat a little faster:

Via  Line Klein   Because   the  carrying the blue-grey on the walls onto the trim and doors gives an understated look  that makes you look twice and puts attention on the architectural details in a casual-cool kinda way. The tone pairs beautifully with the light, worn wood in the floor and echoed with the side table and buffet ☝🏼   

Via Line Klein

Because the carrying the blue-grey on the walls onto the trim and doors gives an understated look that makes you look twice and puts attention on the architectural details in a casual-cool kinda way. The tone pairs beautifully with the light, worn wood in the floor and echoed with the side table and buffet ☝🏼

 

Via  Nordsjö Sverige   Because this  muted play  on the typical gold + pink palette  is far from basic . The murky shade of yellow takes this look from girly and glam to sophisticated and worldly ☝🏼   

Via Nordsjö Sverige

Because this muted play on the typical gold + pink palette is far from basic. The murky shade of yellow takes this look from girly and glam to sophisticated and worldly ☝🏼

 

Via  My Scandinavian Home   Because the wood brings in natural elements while erring on the orangey side, and when paired with a powder blue the two work together cohesively. The ornate nature of the bed frame and armchair add a global flare, and whimsical artwork and lighting effortlessly incorporate additional accent colours and interest ☝🏼   

Via My Scandinavian Home

Because the wood brings in natural elements while erring on the orangey side, and when paired with a powder blue the two work together cohesively. The ornate nature of the bed frame and armchair add a global flare, and whimsical artwork and lighting effortlessly incorporate additional accent colours and interest ☝🏼

 

Via  Bo Bedre   Because the pale green is  carried from the walls through to the woodwork  and works in harmony with the muted flooring. The deep navy velvet pops against the backdrop,  adding depth and texture ☝🏼

Via Bo Bedre

Because the pale green is carried from the walls through to the woodwork and works in harmony with the muted flooring. The deep navy velvet pops against the backdrop, adding depth and texture☝🏼

Although colour preferences are so personal, I wanted to share some of my gateway-inspiration, if you will, to really exciting me about working with colour. If you find you're a bit colour-shy, hopefully you can take some comfort in that - like in most of these examples - if you want to make a major change with minimal investment, it can be just a couple coats of paint away.

I'd love to hear what colours you have sprinkled throughout your home, or what might be holding you back from diving into the colour deep-end!