My home has always been painted white as I guess I always thought living with a colour would be tricky. I also felt that white and bright would open the space and that any art works with white.

I do love my art.

In recent years I have become increasingly aware of how colour makes me feel and it’s power. I have begun to introduce more colour into my life especially with clothes but my walls remain white. Whilst I might entertain the idea of duck egg blue or a pale lemon wall, dark colours scare me.

Over the past year I have seen more and more interiors bloggers using dark colour paint to transform rooms and they are stunning and I am being slowly swayed.

Let me show you some of my favourite bloggers and their ways with walls.

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Jen at Love Chic Living has a great post on easy ways to rock the dark walls trend and as you can see her own living room is a fine example of it really working.

Over at Making Spaces blog interior designer Karen Knox makes a compelling argument for dark walls in her post Can dark interiors work in real homes?

I think you can see from her photos dark can really work and she gives lots of great tips and advice about using it. My favourite of all her arguments for dark walls is this:

It’s paint. It takes about two hours to paint a wall. If you’ve already spent more than four hours thinking about it, you could have tried it and painted it back again if you didn’t like it. End of.

Do pop over and have a read it is a great post.

There are practical  benefits to having dark walls too. Why not hop on over to #TidyLife to have a read and see how Antonia transformed this bedroom to a really lovely sleeping haven.

Kimberly at Swoonworthy created a handy flow chart to help you decide whether or not to paint a room a dark colour she’s clearly a fan herself as you can see from her own gorgeous bedroom styling

Now that is a luxurious bedroom!

These fabulous interiors bloggers have me sold that dark walls do indeed work. But oh do I have the confidence to embrace the look?

I think I had better have a go at Kimberly’s flowchart!

 

Do pin for later and huge thanks to Jen Stanbrook for the pin image and all the bloggers who gave kind permission for me to share their beautiful posts.

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I absolutely love this time as year as nature slowly revives its colours and Spring slowly eeks in. No matter how grim the world feels there is always hope, new life, and colour that will push through. We have to keep hoping, we have to keep Spring in our hearts.

‘You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.’
Pablo Neruda

hint of spring, You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming

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I am walking, walking, walking at the moment a part of #MyMarathon for the British Heart Foundation and I keep seeing beautiful parts of my neighbourhood that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, take a look at this beautiful shot of pick dazzling on a grey and rainy day.

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I think we should all walk more and keep our eyes wide open, seeking out natures colours and her beauty, just a simple flower , a single burst of colour and my heart felt happy.

 

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Color Flow in Your Home, Go Haus

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If you’ve ever walked into a room and felt something was amiss but you didn’t know what exactly, chances are, it had something to do with color. Did you know that colors actually affect a person’s mood and perceptions? A room’s color scheme can actually make you feel comfortable or disconnected. This is one of the main reasons why every home owner should strive to achieve color flow in their home especially in rooms meant for relaxation. A good color flow creates harmony and continuity.

But how do you create a perfect color flow in your home when you know very little about color? Well, first and foremost, it’s important to understand that the principles of color flow are applicable to every architectural and personal style you can think of. Below are our the most important tips to consider when you want to create the perfect color flow in your home.

  1. Start by understanding the color wheel

To create a perfect color flow for your home, you must first understand the color wheel which is composed of all colors namely; primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Primary colors are simply pure colors which can’t be created i.e. red, blue and yellow. Secondary colors are colors which are created by mixing any two equal parts of 2 primary colors.

Secondary colors include orange, green and purple. Tertiary colors are made by mixing varying quantities of secondary and primary colors. As a result, tertiary colors are made up of different hues which are less vivid. Colors white and black are usually added to soften or darken tertiary colors. With this basic understanding of the color wheel, you can be able to create the perfect color flow in your home. If you need some visual help Adobe has an awesome tool here so you can play with a color wheel in real time.

  1. Choose the right color schemes

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Whichever colors you choose for your home, you will usually end up with four main color schemes i.e. a monochromatic, analogous, contrast or complementary color scheme. A monochromatic color scheme utilizes different tones of the same color by adding black or white to darken or lighten the color. An analogous color scheme utilizes colors which border each other in the color wheel i.e. yellow is paired with orange or green, blue is paired with purple or green etc.

Contrasting color schemes are much more dramatic because they mix contrasting colors i.e. red-purple and green-blue. Contrasting color palettes add more energy to rooms. Complementary color schemes utilize opposing colors to create a bold high energy color scheme. Perfect color flow is achieved by monochromatic and analogous color schemes i.e. color schemes which utilize color hues which have similar undertones.

  1. Don’t forget to consider the color of your flooring

If you already have your flooring in place, you must consider the color of your flooring when selecting a color scheme. If you’re like most people and you prefer beautiful and elegant hardwood flooring i.e. acacia wood flooring, you need to choose a color scheme that matches perfectly with wood details to create the perfect color flow. A monochromatic or analogous color scheme featuring grays, whites and beiges will work perfectly. You can also go for warmer colors like brown, orange, rust and red… however, deeper tones of such colors will work best.

engineered hardwood flooring, Color Flow in Your Home

A common rule is to build color from the ground up. So consider the color of your floors as the base and add on complementary colors depending on the color scheme you are going for.

  1. Borrow inspiration from existing furnishings

Your existing furnishings i.e. couches, artwork and favorite accessories should also guide you when you want to create the perfect color flow in your home. You should pick up colors from furniture fabrics and centerpieces and ensure those colors eventually flow with your preferred color scheme and flooring.

Summary

Creating the perfect color flow in your home is important for creating the perfect mood as well as enhancing comfort in your home. Once you understand colors in-depth i.e. types, how to create different colors, etc. and consider factors like the color of your flooring and existing furnishing, you shouldn’t have a problem creating the perfect color flow in your home.

 

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This week blogger Sarah Anguish shares her favourite colour with us …..

Thank you for inviting me to share my love of colour. I’m Sarah, a mum of three who can be found over at boorooandtiggertoo.com.  I’m currently on maternity leave following the addition of Piglet at the end of last year but usually an NHS administrator.  A northerner at heart who became a tourist who stayed following a move to the Norfolk Coast where we visited on holiday as a child.

I love the candy pastel colours, the soft pinks and purples especially.  Purple has to be my signature colour and one that I feel happiest surrounding myself with.  My stationery habit is filled with pastel coloured pens and notebooks which gives me a warm glow when I come to use them – who said you have to write in black or blue pen all your life?

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As a child I tried to steer away from pink.  Having an older sister who loved all things pink, I opted for blue instead, just to be different.  Instead of the pink bedroom that she had I loved my small box room with pale blue wallpaper complete with matching duvet cover.  Slowly over the years I have drifted across to the pastel shades with purple my favourite. Although blue has stayed with me, as I prefer to dress in navy blue than any other colour.

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Having moved home this year we haven’t managed to decorate as yet but I hope to cover over the vivid orange wall that is in our bedroom with a much more soothing colour. With purple being my signature colour I’m looking for a dusky purple that will add warm and a splash of colour to the room.

 

Thanks so much for sharing your colour loves with us Sarah!