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How To Get That Dream Theme
Colour is everything. It can make a statement, create a mood and impersonate space. These simple steps are the keys to unlock your dream theme for your home.
Decide on a theme. How do you want your home to feel? Perhaps it is a beach getaway, vintage cottage or sleek and "classy" modern feel. Take a step back and consider the house's structure. Are the fixtures you want to add, such as a timber porch with its natural feel, going to work with your theme? Brainstorm what colours you associate with your theme, for example an eco-friendly theme would include colours such as browns, greens, neutral colours, as well as earth textures such as wood and stone.
The nature-inspired style bases its concept around various textures and natural elements such as leaves, floral and "flowy" lined patterns. Furniture and fixtures are made using recycled or environmentally friendly woods. Plants bring life and colour indoors, whilst natural light brightens the rooms through large windows surrounding the home. Colour schemes include earthy browns, greens and neutral colours.
A vintage style home takes you on a journey back to yesteryear with soft pastel colours such as creams, blues, pinks, pale greens and white. Textures include wood grain, stone, ornate floral and lace patterns, broken up by organic hessian and cane mats, storage items and decorations. Vintage furniture and home wares are ornate with soft curved or rounded edging, decorated with floral and nature inspired imprints.
Block shapes and bold flat colours fill modern homes. Simple colour schemes of two to three flat, solid colours often covering large sections throughout the home. These colours often include neutral colours such as browns, greys, black and white, with only one pure bold primary colour such as red or green. Strong lines and geometric shapes creatively decorate the home, with a strong minimalistic approach.
Whites, creams and blues reflect the beautiful sandy, sunshine beaches of a coastal inspired home. Natural textures such as sand textured paints, hessian or woven floor mats and draperies blend the raw natural elements of the beach into the home. Furniture is minimalistic with simple wood furniture often unprimed to give a raw "beachy" feel. Palms and grasses add to the earthy feel, positioned along open decks and throughout the garden.
Raw aspects entwine with bold and rich colours where it's actually perfect if your dinner chairs don't match! Bits n' Bobs and handmade goods decorate shelves and walls. Pastel colours and earthy raw textures are combined with up to two powerful colours such as red or black. This style marries both the new and the old into one unique and fun theme.
The next step is to consider what purpose your room or area will be fulfilling. You may want your barbeque/entertaining area to be a private oasis. Perhaps you have a children's room that you want to radiate a fun, bright and playful vibe. Different colours create different moods you want to take this into account when considering the overall colours to match your goals.
When planning your colour scheme you need consider external factors such as your surroundings. Maybe you are surrounded by a lush rainforest with rich colours or a bright sandy beachfront. These surrounding colour factors are going to need to blend into your colour scheme create the ultimate picturesque home.
Nobody wants to stand in a perfectly colour coordinated room only to visibly see into another that is completely different dispersing the mood. Therefore it is a good idea to wander about your home and make note of the rooms in which you can visibly see another. It may be the kitchen that looks out onto the outdoor entertaining area, or the dining area looking into the lounge room. These are going to be the rooms that need flow the theme throughout the home, telling a story as you move from room to room.
Let's talk colour. Different colours can generate different feelings; white can create feelings of peacefulness, simplicity and cleanliness. The following table lists colours and the symbolism surrounding them.
|White||Simplicity, cleanliness, sleek, modern, brightness/light, coolness, class|
|Grey||Elegant, dull, formal, conservative|
|Silver||Energy, femininity, focus, clarity, purity, awareness|
|Gold||Luxury, perfection, wisdom, light|
|Black||Richness, darkness, formality, depth, class, modern, power, elegance,|
|Brown||Earth, friendliness, common, comfortable, reliable|
|Red||Strength, passion, richness, love, desire, power, energy, captures attention, warmth|
|Orange||Energy, vitality, warmth, excitement, adventure, good health,|
|Yellow||Happiness, brightness, creativity, optimism, warmth|
|Green||Growth/fertility, rebirth, nature, envy|
|Blue||Cold, moisture, peacefulness, calmness, trust, loyalty, serenity, spiritual|
|Purple||Luxury, ambition, creativity, magic, mystery, romantic, royalty/nobility|
|Pink||Femininity, love, gentleness, softness|
Choose a focus colour. Now you have an idea of your theme, objective and colour symbolism for your space, it is time to pick a focus colour that you want to base the space around. This perhaps might be a striking red for an orient inspired feature wall. Once you have a focus colour you can decide on a secondary colour to blend, but how do we match colours in a way that creates the desired mood whilst being appealing to the eye?Good matching colours can be found on either side of your focus colour in the colour wheel, these colours are called "analogous" tints***. These tints often combine well with neutral colours such as white, black, brown, cream and grey.
For example your focus colour is orange; therefore you secondary colours might be sienna, combined with a neutral white.Or another variation would be focus colour red, with secondary colours being the two neutral colours of white and black.
Get inspired! Check out home interior design magazines or visit homeware and furniture stores to gather ideas. Dulux has even created an app that allows you to use your phone to scan an image or a room to determine its colour swatches.
Do's & Don'ts:
It is a good idea not to have more than one vibrant, bright or primary colour, as a room with too many vibrant colours can become too overpowering. Have no more than 3 colour combinations in a room, as this can also be confusing to the eye.
Test it out! Some great ways to test your colour scheme would be to head to your nearest hardware or paint store such as Bunnings, to pick out colour cards or even purchase test paint pots to compare colours.
*Be sure to speak to a professional when choosing paint types to help find the recommended product to suit your surface area.
Add the finishing touches. Now you have your colour scheme you can apply this to furniture, homewares, curtains and floor coverings. The options are endless.
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