How to use bold colours but not go over the top?

Styling your interiors and decorating a space is a great way to incorporate your own touch of personality in your home. Many people often get sucked into the latest trends, which can prove costly when it goes out of date after a few seasons. In recent years, minimalism and neutral colours have had significant influences on interior trends. But, that’s not to say you can’t put your own spin on this classic look. A great way to get creative with the space is to add bold colours.

Bold colours, whatever the shade can add depth and interest to your décor. However, choosing a colour that you won’t get tired of in a few months can be overwhelming. To get the right balance, there are a few things you can do to brighten up your home. Take a look at how:

Start small

If you’re a little apprehensive about painting the walls in vibrant shades, why not start on a smaller scale. Easy ways to get a feel for a new colour in your interiors is to opt for splashes of it throughout your soft furnishings or home accessories. Incorporate cushions and throws for an affordable fix, or choose larger furniture items to create a focal piece in your living space.

Block features

Feature walls are slightly passé in modern interior trends. However, the latest twist on this once popular trend includes painting a block of colour within the wall space. This works particularly well in a bedroom; for example, you could add a bold block-colour as an alternative to a headboard for your bed. You could also create abstract shapes or off-centre blocks to add interest and depth to the room.

Try and stick to three colours

If you opt for too many colours in one room, it can start to look busy and distracting. Before choosing bold tones, you need to decide how you want the place to feel so you can determine its overall ambience. Sticking to around three colours in one space will give you enough creative freedom to incorporate your chosen shades without overwhelming it. Think about allocating colours in approximate percentages too with one colour becoming the focal shade.

Use colours that complement each other

It’s a bit of a myth that you have to stick to different shades of the same colour when decorating your home. In fact, this can look a bit matchy-matchy. If you’re looking for a few different colours for your living areas, choose combinations that work well together and that bring out various features in your room. There are heaps of resources on choosing colours that work well together, plus guides such as this from Canva that can also be incorporated into interior design.

If you’re slightly scared of going to full-on when it comes to bold colours, starting small can ease you into new design ideas. Don’t be afraid to inject your personality into the colour scheme too because, after all, you’re the one who is going to be enjoying the space.