There is currently a trend for bright, eye catching interior design colours. Starting with bright red, from the zebra striped carpet to the bright pink tones of today, you will find that there is no limit to the colour palette that can be used in home decorating. There is also a strong current for earth toned, natural colours. From green, lemon yellow and various shades of earth blue, from the deep emerald green of mahogany to the soft burnished gold of tobacco. With earth tones becoming ever more popular for interior design, and the range of natural colours now far greater than in years gone by, why not use them in your home as well?
One current favourite in interior design colours, is the use of grey. Often times you will see this applied in a combination of two or more colours to create some truly interesting effects. Using grey in a simple pattern such as running stripes, through and around the furniture can create a wonderfully subtle effect. It also works very well when the walls are painted in a lighter shade of grey. This allows the effect to be extended throughout the room, giving a feeling of solidity yet warmth. The same idea can be applied in a different way, when using black and white tiles, to give a striking contrast between the two main colour groups.
As interior design trends change, so do the times. Bold, striking colours such as red and dark shades of grey are often times used to set the tone. This current trend for bold, dramatic colours has certainly caught on. If you want to add a striking effect, using one or two contrasting colours in a well coordinated pattern, is certainly an option. Using different bold colours, in different areas of a room, can be used as another way of creating variation, and contrasting effect. This can be done using shades of orange and lime green, for a vibrant look, or using softer, more delicate shades in a pattern, for a softer, less bold effect.
It seems that there is no end to the range of colour options available, today. Not only do people have the opportunity to choose from several different shades and hues, but they have the opportunity to use combinations of many different shades. Although pastel colours were always in fashion, they seem to be making a comeback. People like the fact that they are not too bright, and don’t appear to draw attention too quickly. However, pastel colours should never be used in rooms where there is any possibility of causing eye strain or discomfort. A lot of effort should be put into deciding on a shade of colour that suits the general feel of a room.
Before making any decisions on what colour to paint the interior of your home, it is important to consider whether it is appropriate to be bold or timid. For example, when painting the ceiling, it may be better to use light shades, as dark shades can make the ceiling too cold. Similarly, light blues or greens can be warmer than dark colours, so they can be a good choice for small rooms, where you may not want to go for extremes. Another important thing to remember is that light shades tend to appear more cheerful and less scary than darker shades. Therefore, in addition to considering what colour to use for each room, you will also need to think about how bright or dark the shade should be, depending on the interior design trends currently being followed.
Some people believe that bold colours are better for brightening up a space, rather than making it seem cosy. Whilst colours such as orange and red may be good for this purpose, they should be used with caution, as their presence can make a space feel very sterile and dry. In addition, they are often associated with loud, overbearing colours, so it is advisable to choose subdued shades. There are many interior designers, today, who encourage the use of bold colours, for a variety of reasons. Some believe that a bold colour helps to motivate and inspire customers, whilst others believe that the effect can be negative if the colours are too strong.