Back to Nature: A Colour Focus

I'm not exaggerating when I say that colour can make or break a space. It can completely set the tone for the room. So choosing colour for your home is an important part of the overall interior design.

Warm tones like red, orange and yellow can energise a space and its occupants.  Whereas cool tones such as blue, green and purple generally create quiet, relaxing atmospheres. Each colour will evoke specific moods.

Today I wanted to chat about some paint trends for 2020. After visiting Spring Fair and diving into styles that we'll be seeing a lot more of in the year, I feel bursting with ideas to share with you. 

Green Goes Bold

I’ve researched a number of forecasts for colour trends for this year and Neo Mint seems to be the new trend. Think of it as a rich mint, the green equivalent to millennial pink perhaps? I suppose as we step into Spring we need a little bit of colour to brighten up the grey days we’ve been having. The sun has been shining in blue skies as I write this and my mood has been transformed - it's amazing what light and colour can do, isn't it?

Neo Mint is a good punchy colour and we probably don’t want to paint our walls in a trendy ice cream colour but you could keep a neutral background and add in a bit of Neio Mint with painted furniture or soft furnishings as an idea.

Heres our new wallpaper shown in the shop. 

Neo Mint 2020 Colour Trends

Back to Nature

Another forecast from Behrs 2020 Colour of the year is ‘Back to Nature’ – which is a slightly yellow-based green that looks as if it was a colour matched straight from a rolling meadow-a solace for the senses.

This colour is reflected in our recent interests in wellness, self care and reconnecting with the outdoors - a truly restorative hue. While colour can have an influence on how we feel and act, these effects are subject to personal, cultural and situational factors.

60-30-10 Rule

A simple interior design rule, the 60-30-10 divides a colour scheme into percentages of colour used. Here's the trick:

The main colour should represent 60% of colour used in your room design. This will include your wall, floor (either carpeting or an area rug) and a furniture piece or two.  It may also include the curtains or blinds.

All of these don’t need to be solid colours, but the main colour should always be prominent.

The second colour will represent 30% of your décor colour scheme.  This doesn’t have to compete for attention in your overall design, but it should contrast with the main colour and create depth and interest in your décor. 

The final 10% Accent colour purpose is to give greater interest and contrast to your colour scheme.  It should be used throughout the décor to draw the eye deeper into the room design.

An example colour scheme using the 60-30-10 rule

As you can see here:

60% Grey – Main colour.

30% Light blue secondary colour and

10% accent Pink Colour.

Bear in mind that once you’ve selected your colour scheme for the main room in your home it's a good idea to carry it throughout your home.  You can always add other colours to this main colour when moving from one room to the next. This strategy will keep your home décor flowing and cohesive without being too similar in every room.

Colour blocking is also another way to give your room a little more shape and avoid colour from overpowering your space.  This design trend can be applied from more subtle and simple toning treatments to full murals.

Here is an example of how the alcoves have a contrasting teal colour to the remaining walls, and note how the accent picked by the cushion. 

If you're in need of a helping hand at achieving this look in your home, you could try our Mood Board service. Check out Vicki Kress Interiors for more information on how we can team up.

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