The Art of Colour by Liz Taylor

style_colour.jpgThe use of colour in a home can have a dramatic affect to the mood and feel of your chosen space.

Decide on what you are trying to achieve. The best way to work with colour is to find a starting point. Are you attempting to recreate a period such as Edwardian or Victorian in keeping with the age of your home or are you trying to bring warmth and light into a cold dark north facing room or are you trying to emulate a style such as contemporary or shabby chic.­ O­nce decided here are a few ideas to point you in the right direction. Donít always go for the safe option but be brave and have fun in experimenting with colour!

Some thoughts on colour


Luscious greens

Green can breathe life and freshness to any room. Green is in the middle of the colour spectrum which means it works perfectly with lots of other colours so when ­it comes to decorating the combinations are endless.

All white palette

White is one of the most versatile colours. It comes in a variety of shades and tones, some warm and some cool which means it is possible to create a stunning effect by decorating a room completely in shades of white. Rooms that get plenty of natural light can cope easily with an all white palette adding lots of textures in your choice of flooring, furniture and soft furnishing can keep an all white scheme from looking insipid.

style_gold.jpgVibrant Yellow

Yellow is uplifting, cheerful and brilliant for warming up gloomy rooms. It is associated with sunlight and warmth. Yellows start from warm creamy shades, through citrusy lemons and warm shades of gold to earthy ochre. It can be cool and elegant or bold and dramatic depending on the tones you use.

Cool Blue

Blue is often seen as cold but this isnít necessarily true. Blue is easy to live with and easy to adapt. Its natural character is cool and restful but try purply blues for a subtle romantic feel, turquoise blues for a richer more tropical effect and sky blues work well anywhere where you want to create a sense of space.

All the pinks

Pinks are warm, welcoming colours, sweet and calming at their palest, dramatic and energising when deeper. For the warmest effect decorate in more orangey tones such as peach and coral, accenting them with touches of flame red or terracotta for definition. 

Opulent Gold

Gold can be used to give a warm feel to neutral colours. Mix warm cream, butterscotch and caramel tones with rich metallics for a colour scheme that simply oozes luxury.

Shades of cream


A neutral colour scheme is probably the most popular of all; it is extremely practical and easy to live with but some people may feel that a neutral scheme is too safe, that it lacks personality and is generally boring but they could not be more wrong. Natural tones can bring an air of sophistication to a room and can be used as effectively in an 18th Century cottage as well as in a modern contemporary apartment. Creams cast a warming light and act as a good starting point for people who donít feel as confident in putting colours together but as long as the tones are a graduation of the same colour overall harmony can be achieved.

Dramatic Red

Red is the boldest colour in the spectrum and it is hard to have a neutral response to this colour, love it or loathe it red is a stimulating colour it creates excitement and warmth.