Now’s the time to pump up your home’s personality with bright hues and punchy patterns. The Great Interior Design Challenge’s Daniel Hopwood shares how to get it right…
1 How to choose colour
Colour is a powerful mood enhancer – so when you’re picking one, think carefully about it. Analyse why you’re using a particular shade in a specific room and the mood that you want it to convey. For instance, yellow is energetic and uplifting, while purple says warm and confident. The hallway is a great place to be more daring with colour: you’re not in it very often, and it’s the first impression visitors have of your home.
2 Colour consistency
Use colour as a thread that runs all the way through the house. For example, at the comedian’s house in Bayswater, I used different shades of orange and teal. In some rooms, the orange has yellowish tones, while in others it’s more golden – but it’s always there, subtly linking different rooms together.
3 Small spaces
People often think that these should be painted white to make them feel bigger. Instead, work with a lack of light and make them richer and darker. The old adage that the eye needs to travel through a room is true, and colour is a great way to ensure this happens.
Create a mood by building up colour in a range of different mediums – whether that’s glass, carpet, wallpaper or light.
Find more colour inspiration on our Pinterest moodboards.