Choosing the right colour for your home–literally, the colours that go up on the walls, the ones that you live with day in and day out, which sink into your subconscious and make or break your mood—is one of the most underrated aspects of home decoration. Think about it. You always, always choose just the right shade of white—not quite vanilla and not quite cream, but something just in-between. That Goldilocks syndrome grips people in large metros (read Mumbai) living in compact square metres. Or at the other end of the spectrum, the we daresay, extreme end, are the dark bold shades that may make sleep difficult.
Finding the right balance, while incorporating colour will add a nice touch of brightness to your spaces. We share some cool ways to show you how.
Step 1: Go to your happy place
The single most important thing while choosing colours is to think about the shades that make youhappy. What’s your favourite colour? Apart from orange squash or siren red (though, in smaller accents, they could be just the pop of colour that your house needs). You should think about the colours that soothe your senses. Your ‘casa’ is after all, the place where you unwind. Take your cues from the surrounding. Is it a beach house? Then soothing blues and creams are the way to go. Is it colonial-style and massive? Then try darker shades in the public areas and muted ones in the private rooms.
Step 2: Add a touch of the unexpected
Once you settle down on the shade that’s just so you, throw caution to the wind—in a very small way. Add accents of shades that stick out but not too much, just enough to surprise someone walking in and expecting the same ol’ colour through the rest of the house. Maybe around the windows or a console in the living room that’s absolutely bright—and very right for the room.
Step 3: Some things are worth repeating
It’s like a song that’s stuck in your head—if you like it, it’ll make your day great. Similarly, if there is a pattern that you really love—chevron, or checks or even stripes—find a way of adding it into the soft furnishings in your space, such as with the sofa upholstery or a throw casually thrown (pun unitended) across it, or the curtains. In this house, the architect did that with wood!
Step 4: You got to have a theme!
Every space deserves to have a theme, no? So your super-private bedroom can be all about soothing shades of every kind of blue–or white. Or you can go with an avian theme, like this room, and go all out—on a wing!
Step 5: Stand-alone art
If it comes to colour or art, always pick art. It doesn’t need anything to set it apart. Above a dresser, hanging low on the wall, resting on a console.
Step 6: Follow the hero
In case you have something that takes precedence over everything else when it comes to decor–a rug, or art, or that flea-market souvenir that just has to have pride of place–then let the colours be dictated by the pièce de résistance.