Natural - off-whites, creams, beiges, tans, and taupes
Natural colours primarily consist off-whites, creams, beiges, tans, and taupes. These colours generally work well with most other colour schemes. Courtesy of their versatility they are excellent choices to blend into a room where the existing décor is based on neutral colours. Or they can act as a contrast with more vibrant colours in the room, either on the walls and ceilings, or with existing upholstery, carpets or cushions.
Suited to the most minimalist contemporary room, where you may wish to highlight the natural wood grain of a piece of furniture, or the sleek sophistication of a leather upholstered sofa. With a soft calming appearance, they make an excellent addition to a bedroom window. Yet neutral colours can also be used to lighten a sumptuous, darker Victorian style.
Blue - a calm and soothing colour
Blue is generally a calm and soothing colour. Though an intense, rich cobalt blue may be stimulating and vibrant, the energy created is still one of serenity and comfort. Pale blues remind us of the ocean and sky, expansive and relaxing spaces. Blue is also a fresh, crisp colour and is considered a ‘cool’ tone (just as red is a ‘warm’ tone).
Variations of blue values work well in bedrooms and bathrooms where calmness and security aid personal comfort and relaxation.
Yellow - a warm, vibrant and happy colour
Yellow is a warm, vibrant and happy colour. In its pure form it is intense, hot and generally suited to children’s bedrooms, or a kitchen and other utility areas, where it can transform a routine and mundane room into a bright cheerful area. Yellow is a very useful and popular design element, working extremely well when muted with white to a paler tone like buttermilk or lemon.
Use variations of yellow to brighten up an area with limited natural daylight. Easy to match most existing décor and stunning if combined with white paintwork.
Green - combination of blue and yellow in its purest form
Green, a combination of blue and yellow in its purest form, offers many of the characteristics reminiscent of these shades. Symbolic of nature and our environment, there are few colours offering such a wide rainbow of tones, ranging from the crisp and vibrant green of grass, to the muted, soft and soothing sage, and including more exotic and varied shades like jade and teal. Calming and understated, green will work well in every room of the house, either living areas, or where serenity and relaxation is important like bedrooms and bathrooms. Why not brighten up a neutral bathroom with a splash of green at the window, creating a soothing atmosphere for you to unwind?
Brown - the colours we see in nature
Brown Earth tones – the colours we see in nature, like browns, terracotta and brick tones. These colours tend to be harmonious, rich and warm, and impart a feeling of solidity and permanence. Used effectively, earth tones complement most other colour tones We see earth tones all around us, wood flooring, natural stone and tile surfaces, in upholstery fabrics and woven rugs. Integrating these familiar and comforting earth tones into your environment allows you to feel a sense of approachability and connection.
From the most minimalist contemporary interior to a sumptuous, over stuffed and darken Victorian setting, add depth to a neutral room by introducing brown, or add a touch of drama to the room and create unique, eye-catching contrasts.
Red - creates a warm and inviting ambience
Red creates a warm and inviting ambience, adding real depth and mood to your room. Red is often associated with passion, desirability and vitality and is particularly well suited for any room where a splash of warmth at the window will add a lively, colourful and festive feel. Red is a bold, dominant colour, overshadowing most other colour tones by its intensity, therefore, when considering red as a part of your colour scheme, be creative.
Peach - the light freshness of apricots and peaches
Combining the earthy shades of terracotta and the light freshness of apricots and peaches, this colour range radiates a warm and comforting energy into your room. Most effective in living areas or kitchen and dining areas, where a familiar and homely atmosphere is required.
Pink / Purple - create a diverse and exotic atmosphere
With such a range of variations in this colour group, it is easy to create a diverse and exotic atmosphere. Particularly popular in bedrooms where a calm relaxing atmosphere is desired, are the subtle, romantic shades of lilac and lavender, and the vibrant and bold purples which stimulate the senses. At the other end of the spectrum, are the deep rich plum tones creating a very different mood, transforming your room into a warm and inviting space.
Grey - provides a perfect canvas for combining with other colours
Subtle and understated, grey has become a popular and versatile shade used in interior design, and provides a perfect canvas for combining with other colours. Always easy on the eye, use grey in an ultra modern kitchen, with accessories providing splashes of vibrant colour to add warmth.
Black - adds interest and uniqueness to any environment
Diversity, however harmonious, adds interest and uniqueness to any environment. But remember that darker colours, whilst making a bold statement, can also reduce the appearance of space, so make sure that there is sufficient contrast in pale neutral colours to counter the effect.
White - helps to expand space
White helps to expand space, making it a perfect solution for dark or small rooms. Easy to match with all other colours, white can be eye-catching and dramatic in a window where it reflects the natural daylight into the room. Stylish and sophisticated in a crisp contemporary room, white can tone in easily with a neutral colour scheme.