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How to use colour with confidence

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Designing with colour can be a seriously daunting prospect. Especially when choosing bright tones, they can either pop with panache or create mess with a clash.

And while most of us prefer the latter, we’ve all had our fair share of decor disasters.

So how do we get the colour balance right without our interior resembling a tropical fruit salad?

Well this in itself can be tricky because colour is so personal.

A HomeBeautiful article says there’s meaning behind our colour choices too.

According to colour expert, Kate Smith, “a unique mix of several bold colours says that you make your own rules — and you inspire others with how you experience life fully.”

But there’s no need to be afraid of colour, this HGTV post states it all comes down to 10 colour basics and following the 60-30-10 rule.

Have you ever noticed how the rooms in design magazines are almost always divided into percentages of 60-30-10? Well apparently this is no mistake.

When decorating a particular room, divide the colours into percentages:
60% of a dominant colour
30% of a secondary colour
10% of an accent colour

To read more of this theory, visit

When choosing the right colours for your home, Kimberley Seldon of says it’s time to build up our colour confidence.

First you need to figure out the overall `mood’ you’d like to create before you even begin to choose paint colours; and to establish a colour scheme for the whole house at the beginning of your planning that connects each room and maintains consistency and flow from one room to the next.

“A colourful decor doesn’t have to be bold and bright – it can be subtle too,” says Kimberley.

But within all the research we did to compile this post, perhaps the best advice we found is to understand the physiological responses that colours can elicit.

The following Colour psychology 101 is a handy guide to keep on file;

Red, and red-based shades like burgundy excite the senses. Scientists say our hearts beat faster when we see red.

Blue is the colour of tranquillity, with research telling us that the sight of blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals.

Green, the colour of nature, is known to calm and refresh the spirit.

Yellow not only speeds the metabolism, it also enhances concentration, which is perhaps why legal pads are yellow.

Purple, the colour of wealth and status, is also know to inspire imagination. Wagner composed his operas in a purple room as violet was the colour he found most inspiring.

And on a final note, we leave you with this fantastic post on `8 great colour combinations’ HouseBeautiful.

Our personal fave is red on red (pictured below), mixing high gloss Chinese red with slightly browner reds resulting in a bold and intense combo that’s attention grabbing and intoxicating yet relaxing? We’ll let you decide.


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3 thoughts on “How to use colour with confidence

  1. Hi Sacha,
    Hope you are well!
    I never took the time out to read your emails before, you know 1001 emails and little time but today I pleasantly surprised my self by taking the time to read and drill into your content. I found it was great, short and to the point and provided me with a dialogue in my mind that reminded me of the days when I was fresh and new to the industry.
    Thank you,

  2. Hi Novak,
    Wow thank you for your feedback. So wonderful to hear, especially as I know there is so much competition within the design sector. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

  3. Pingback: Use of colours in home decoration | - Dream Home In A Click

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