How To Become A Colour Expert – Part I: Tame The Colour In All Its Forms
Guest Blogger | January 17, 2017

We all love the colours. When it comes to apply them in our living spaces, to make a choice & the leap in practice, however, this is where the problem lies. It becomes chilly and such an animal scared to get out is to ‘values’ and reassuring: neutral colours. Did you want a pink room? It has turned into grey. Are you considering the blue? It ends in white.

So here we are going to explore in two parts: How no longer be afraid of colour, and FINALLY become an expert in colourful associations?

Before considering any advice, YOU MUST RESET YOUR MIND


Colours, it is initially a lot of prejudice. “Indeed, such precepts that could have been read in a book almost religiously, many are the times where we have heard or read of the rules say ‘ basic ‘, air, like any belief, grounded in our minds to become an automatism: “Never in white with white-broke,” “There is nothing worse than to pink and red,” “The carpet in the room? Blue of course. “, etc.


Or surprise yourselves at least. Opt for the colour, it’s an adventure. It’s ten times more hesitation to make a choice between white & grey. But it’s especially discover with happiness, stupor and tremors colourful associations to which you would have not thought, we should have never dared, creep slowly but surely in our interiors. Is to accept to let go of taking and allow your creativity to take over the rational.


Because it is important to combine different materials in your colourful harmonies to give it depth and character. For example, the only flat areas of paint application could impoverish the effect of the expected atmosphere. Why not a monochrome, as long as you play on fabrics, metals, ceramics, glasses…




THE WALLS: The best is to start with some flat tints of a colour you like. It can be of course frank or pastel, depending on your taste, provided that this is one that you will qualify for ‘safe’. Applied all over the walls or only a few key places in order to make them stand out, you will acclimatise yourself to colour, its proximity and the way it will interact in concert with the light to shape your interior. While keeping your current furniture, you will begin to perceive a harmony that would go hand in hand with the style of your room. And who knows, it’s probably your furniture you’ll want change now.

Left: Mosebacke Restaurant - Koncept Stockholm

THE FURNITURE: If this scale is scaring you, you should probably try to spread colourful touches scattered here and there among your furniture. Don’t be afraid of the contrast that here will be your best ally. These colours will guide when the choice to get a satisfying mix. This of course makes sense but do not forget that the red/orange/yellow warm up, and the blue/green/grey are colder…


Reflective coloured pieces (mirrors, vases & furniture themselves) are a good strategy to try visualising what would be your room in a colour version.


Colourful details as small as they can also accompany you to the colour in a soft and gradual way.


THE WALLPAPER is a stylish way to slowly sliding into a colourful atmosphere. Perhaps because it is the ancestor of the coated walls of paint? Or because its presence is experienced as more vaporous and light. Its application remains however more complex, but most of the time it‘s more psychologically acceptable by people.

When a plant pattern gives you depth and perspectives Thanks to the impression that we’re going to see through, a geometric pattern structure giving your space in her presence.

Left: Palm Spring - Studio Pepe on the right: wallpaper - Lines, Dark Blue - Ferm Living

PATTERNED FABRICS: Another good idea is to contrast the contrast walls with neutral furniture & elements of non neutre decorations. Indeed, whatever its nature, one or several items to the strong and pronounced reasons much attention. The colours stand out and such voluntarily exhibits of art, they become stars of your interior. You’ll see that your space will be classified as coloured, even if your walls are white.


Just as the flat areas of paint, if the repetition of a motif makes you uncomfortable, try a gradient wallpaper. Lighter, is also perfect to enlarge your space.

Left: armchair Beetle - Gubi, right: geometric carpet - Patricia Urquiola


Right: Acne Copenhagen - BozarthFornell architects

ONE COLOUR: This step is difficult to overcome because this level, to fully trust without allowing oneself to go back. By monochrome, hear rather monochrome of a space. That is to say the intelligent mixture of different shades of a single color, from the walls to the ceiling and through the furniture. The effect is stunning, masterful, and does not necessarily total (see photo on the left, all the elements aren’t blue even though it’s the main tone). This will allow you to keep control of the place.

One thing is certain, it’s that in monochrome, THINK BIG. Don’t scare into thinking that anyway, white here and there would be more reasonable. Look around you, orchestrate the elements and different shades of colours with lucidity. Be inhabited by the desire for a single result, which nobody else can boast.

Restaurant Scandic English - Koncept Stockholm

SEVERAL COLOURS: The monochrome in the broad sense, can also be understood as the mixture of different shades of the same family. For example above, see like these warm colours and set of silky materials agree wonderfully well. Lighting is obviously a lot but it is important to visualize the different cases that can be described as monochrome. Here, we enter the master class in terms of colours : to develop a colourful palette, which allows me to make the transition to the next episode:


Sources: Cover photo StudioPepe

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