The theory of colour

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   Our home is a reflection of your personality, and the colours you use have an impact on the atmosphere you create. Here’s how you could pick and choose the right colours.

   While interiors provide soul to your living abode, the most important part of your interiors is the colour of your rooms. Every room in a house has a specific purpose. Every corner should reflect a different variation and likes of your life. Eventually, it should showcase your personality, so don’t be afraid to experiment with unconventional ideas. As creative people by nature, we love to imagine, dream and explore. So, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating your space.

Breaking convention

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   A room with walls of the same colour is a story of the past. Today, there is no sense of trepidation among people when it comes to playing with bold colours, ideas or patterns. So, fit in a colourful attire of designs and embrace ideas that spark your imagination.

   In terms of spaces in home décor, the ideal layout would be one that is timeless and adds staying power to your living space. Unlike soft home furnishings, which are easy to refresh, home spaces should cater to the trends of all seasons and for the years to come without compromising on the design aesthetics and current culture of contemporary homes.

   To achieve a timeless look, one that is as fresh and relevant today as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow, seek out designs, styles and colours that are ‘classic’, and that have been created to last in style, colour and materials.

Tech to the rescue

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   Today, technology has ensured that we can see what a room looks like without painting it. Virtual ‘paint your room’ apps make the process of choosing colours for your home easier.

   Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colours to help make the room feel larger; Use a patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and simple tones to soften a space; Heavy designed wallpapers can enliven a space and set a new decorative direction.

   Be sure other design elements play down to the wallpaper.

DIY route

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   Attention to detail is always well noticed. When designing a smaller room, say the kid’s room, a good way to style it is by adding elements of merriment to the ceiling, which will reflect the personality of the kids.

   For a quick DIY, add Mughal Jaalis or Moroccan Quatrefoil pattern to get symmetry on your walls and home decor. This can be done using a stencil.

Colour blocking

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   What many are not aware of is the art of colour blocking. Colour blocking is layering together bold and single shade colours. One of the easiest ways to use this technique on the walls of your room is to simply keep them white or neutral, and then pick a bright striking colour like fuchsia or a significantly darker colour to paint halfway up the wall. Geometric patterns work best for colour blocking.

When you are in the process of designing your room, here is a checklist to refer to:

Which room am I painting?

How much natural light does the room have?

What colours would the kids like?

Is there a study area?

Does the dining area need some decor along with colour?

   Once you’ve asked yourself these questions, choose a colour scheme as the right colours have a unique ability to instantly transform the personality of the room.

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source: The Times of India

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