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Colour Clash: 8 Ways Colourful Interiors Can Really Work

Every home needs the same basic elements – floor coverings, furniture, accessories, and lighting – and the colours we choose for these say a lot about who we are. Most of us stick to just one or two statement colours in a room, but why not be bold and choose some wildly colourful decor? Here are a few colourful interiors we hope will inspire you to brighten up your home!

1. Colourful Highlights

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The human brain is a truly wonderful thing, it picks up an infinitesimal number of details per second, most of which we will never be consciously aware of. From these details, we can form perceptions and feelings, whether of comfort, interest, or ease. Using brightly coloured accessories, such as cushions, stools, and throws, gives the brain plenty of information to process and can completely change how you perceive a space.

2. A Unifying Colour

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In a bright room with a conscious colour clash, a single shade can be a unifying force. Using a colour that works well with the others you’ve chosen will help create a space that appears well-rounded. Accessories and fabrics are perfect for this; find the perfect shade, and incorporate it into your walls, furniture, floor coverings, and accessories.

3. White Walls

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White reflects light, and is an ideal way to make a room feel big. It can also reflect the other colours you’ve used, making them seem far brighter than they really are. Use white as a background and pick statement pieces that will really stand out.

4. Pastel Shades

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Pastel shades are ideal for a small space. Use a light shade on the walls, try a different colour on the ceiling, and for those seeking a truly dramatic impact, consider painting your furniture in corresponding shades.

5. Vibrant Bathrooms

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There are certain rooms in a house that always, regrettably, feel cold and unwelcoming. The need for easy cleaning can leave bathrooms feeling chilly, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Take the plunge and go bold around the bath! Bright colours draw the eye and completely change the feeling of a room.

6. Go Retro

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The sixties and seventies encompassed a time where experimentation and self-expression became commonplace, and for this reason, bright and playful colours really resonated. Embrace a retro theme in your home for a truly striking space.

7. Colour Blocking

Colour blocking has been a trend in the fashion world for the last few years, but now many are beginning to wake up to the possibilities it offers in the world of interior design. Put simply, colour blocking involves pairing bold colours together – whether they match or not – and the effect is rather eye-catching.

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8. Go Colour Crazy!

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Yes, a room with every colour in the rainbow can work, but it mustn’t look like your colourful accessories and furniture have just been thrown in with the hope it will all come together. If you’re going to have a multi-coloured room, items should at least be well thought out and carefully placed.

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