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:
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:
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!