A Guide to Adding Colour to Your Home

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If you don’t consider yourself an interior designer, or the artistic type, adding colour to your home can seem scary. We tend to stick with “safe” colours, like beiges, whites and creams, which can work in moderation, but can make a room look bland and boring when used too heavily. Adding colour to your rooms, even in small ways, can add a lot of interest and personality to your home.

The trick to adding colour to your home is to know how to do it tastefully and how to choose colours that work well together. With a few hints you’ll be well on your way to beautifying your home with colour.

Create a Palette

First, choose a colour palette. You don’t have to use the same set of colours in all of the rooms in your home, but the colours you choose should work together, so that there is natural flow from room to room. If you have an eye for colour, you can pick up some paint chips at your hardware store and create palette that brings the right feelings to a room.

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If you aren’t sure of what colours you want to use, you can take inspiration from something you already have in your home, like a piece of furniture, a curtain, a pillow or even something like a vase or a dish. It’s a good idea to focus on two to three colours when you choose a palette, and then use other, coordinating colours as accent colours and to add variety.

Before you settle on the colours, bring some paint chips or samples home and compare them to the pieces you already have and tape them to your walls to see how the colours look in different lights throughout the day. Remember, you may not necessarily be using all of these colours for paint, but using paint chips to choose colours can help you solidify a palette.

Choose Some Base Colours

You can use a lot of colour in each room, but it’s best to stick to a few base colours in each room. These colours will form the foundation for the style in the space, and then you can use other colours in smaller ways for added interest.

Keep in mind that different colours will set different moods. For example, yellow might make your kitchen feel happy and bright while blue can make your living room feel calm. Warm colours often bring a sense of comfort and cosiness while cool colours make a room feel bright and even bigger.

Start Bringing in Colour

Now that you have chosen your colours, the fun part starts: bringing in the colour. Start with the base colours and add them in big ways through paint on the walls, furniture and flooring. Then, use the other colours in your palette to add colour and style in different ways.

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Artwork

Hanging artwork is an easy way to add colour to any room. Look for pieces that fit your colour palette and that have frames that compliment the room’s decor. Choosing photographs, sketches, watercolours, oil paintings, modern art or any other kind of art will influence the style and theme in a room. Try grouping pieces together on walls to make a bigger statement and create a collection.

Plants

We don’t usually think of using plants to add colour to a room, but it’s an easy way to add both colour and texture. You can use live or artificial plants and unique planters for even more colour.

Large, floor plants are perfect for entryways, living rooms and dining rooms while smaller plants or floral arrangements work well in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and family rooms.

Accessories

Another easy way to add colour to a room is to bring in some accessories that match the colour scheme. Think vases, dishes, picture frames, three-dimensional art and other things that add style and personality to an area. Your accessories don’t need to match your colour palette perfectly, but they should flow well with the colours in the room.

Curtains and Window Treatments

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Adding curtains or window treatments to a room makes a big statement. The shape, type of fabric and colours of the curtains all contribute to the room’s design and can help add softness and texture to the area. Look for curtains with patterns that have a few of the colours from your palette to help tie all the colours you are using together.

Pillows and Afghans

Pillows and afghans can also bring a lot of colour into your rooms. These kinds of accessories are an easy way to add colour because you can easily change them out as the seasons change or when you feel like making a change to the theme of the room. Pillows and afghans also make a room feel cosy and homey, so they contribute to the atmosphere in your home.

Knick-Knacks and Collections

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Finally, bring some knick-knacks and collections into your rooms to add colour and personality. Souvenirs, found pieces, gifts and collected items are unique and make a space yours. They also add colour and interest. You can set larger pieces on tables or shelves, or you can group similar items together to make a bigger statement.

Remember, you can create groupings that may seem very different, but that have just one thing in common. For example, fill a shelf with white accessories to add contrast to your blue walls, using vases, plates, picture frames and sculptures to create a group. You can take the same idea into the kitchen by lining up a variety of different mugs on a shelf for an eclectic, colourful look.

Adding colour to your home may seem hard, but when you start by choosing a palette and some base colours, adding accessories and other colourful pieces is easy. Choose one room in your home that could use some extra colour and choose a colour scheme that will breathe new life into it.

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10 Home Renovation Tips That Will Blow Your Mind

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With the stagnant housing market many home owners have been looking to improve, rather than move. Even if you have lived in your home for many years, there’s always at least one aspect that made you fall in love with it. So, if it doesn’t make sense financially to move house, why not remember what features you loved about your house in the first place and either enhance these or create something fantastic and new?

Whether you are planning a simple makeover in one or two rooms or a major facelift, here are our top tips for renovating your home. Just don’t forget to do your research first, to set a budget and to hire a skip where you can throw any debris and litter for the duration of the renovation. You also need to consider what you can do to improve the quality and saleability of your home if you do decide to pack up and move on in future. Happy decorating!

1.       Redevelop the exterior

First impressions of your home can make a massive difference, both to visitors and to the way you feel about it as you walk up the driveway. Repointing the brickwork, repairing broken, clogged up guttering and repainting your front door and windowsills are easy jobs which won’t cost the earth, although you will need to hire some scaffolding to get the job done safely and thoroughly.  Tackling structural problems, such as loose roof tiles or dealing with damp, before they get too bad, can also help keep your house in good working order.

2.       Build an extension

Adding an extension to your home could provide you with the extra space you need without having to move. An extension could also add extra value to your home depending on the quality and size of it. You need to think about how you want to use your home. If you have a new baby to consider, why not think about adding a double-storey extension to create an extra bedroom? Or if you have a tiny kitchen why not create a downstairs extension to add a dining area? A conservatory is also a good idea if you would like an extra living room or family room. Just don’t forget to consult your local council’s planning department for approval first.

3.       Convert the loft

Most loft spaces are cluttered with Christmas decorations, spare suitcases, boxes of books and family heirlooms, trinkets and memories. But the space could also be used for something much more fantastic with a bit of imagination. If the rafters and floorboards are strong enough, and the space is large enough, you could consider transforming the space into an extra bedroom, a children’s play room or an office. A skylight would also allow natural sunshine to flood into the room, creating a lovely place to play or study.

4.       Update your kitchen

The kitchen is often considered the heart of every home with youngsters doing their homework on the kitchen table, family breakfasts and dinners as well as dinner parties and celebrations. Revamping your kitchen is also the easiest way to add value to your home. If you are planning a complete overhaul the secret is to choose a style which compliments the rest of your home – wooden cupboard doors and quirky accessories look good in older properties compared to contemporary, more high-tech white goods and furnishings which look good in modern homes.

You can also update your kitchen more cheaply by choosing to replace the cupboard doors, paint the walls, replace cracked tiles, flooring and worktops as well as adding a new kitchen table and soft furnishings such as dinner plates, coffee mugs and kettle and toaster accessories.

5.       Revamp your bathroom

No one likes to use an outdated old bathroom with rusty taps and a powerless shower which trickles out lukewarm water! Wouldn’t it be lovely to take a luxurious bath in beautiful, minimal surroundings with fluffy robes and towels and soft lighting? Just like revamping your kitchen, a new bathroom should complement the overall style of your home. It can also be stylish as well as functional.

Unless you are a competent plumber or are an ambitious amateur then you will need to employ a professional to carry out the work for you but fitting a new bath or sink, re-grouting tiles and adding sealant isn’t as difficult as you might think. Fitting an en suite bathroom to an existing large bedroom or adjoining your kitchen will also add some value to your home and free up time and space for a busy household fighting to get their time in front of the bathroom mirror.

6.       Make your home more environmentally friendly

Improving the cavity and loft insulation in your home will help make your house more eco-friendly as well as cut your energy bills. You could also consider investing in solar energy or look around the inside of your home for ways of saving energy cheaply. For example, you could swap all your light bulbs for energy saving varieties or set up a compost bin at the end of your garden.

Instead of buying new furniture you could also consider buying salvaged or vintage items and revamping them with a lick of pain or varnish.  This will ensure your home is interesting and unique rather than a copy-cat of what’s available in mainstream high street stores.

7.       Redecorating

If you can’t afford a new bathroom or kitchen, then arming yourself with a paintbrush and developing your creative flair is the next best thing. You could revamp your living room with some new wallpaper, although you can cut costs by combining paint and wallpaper and just having one accent wallpapered.

You could also try repainting your walls with a neutral colour and using a stencil to add a touch of character. You don’t even need to have an artistic flair as stencilling couldn’t be easier. You could use a spray paint canister instead of traditional paint and a paintbrush. Or for a less permanent way of jazzing up a children’s room why not use wall stickers instead?

If you love the idea of wallpaper but can’t afford it, then you could always try using a paint effect. For example, you could use masking tape to segment the wall before painting striking strips in your favourite colours. You could also use a sponge or brush to create a unique texture on your walls.

8.       Replace old carpets

Old, pattered carpets can really date you home and although replacing them can be expensive, it’s a good investment and an easy way to make your home feel fresh and new. There’s plenty of weaves, colours and patterns to choose form but selecting something neutral and timeless will enable you to change the décor in your home much more easily in future.

9.       Introduce clever storage solutions

We’re all guilty of squeezing the Hoover, ironing board and piles of boxes in the spare cupboard, hiding shoes under the bed and overloading the garage with bikes and sports equipment. But by investing in some clever storage you can make your home feel less cluttered and spacious.

If you wardrobe is bursting with your fashionable finds why not purchase a built-in wardrobe with lots of drawers and compartments to store you shoes and handbags? Or you could transform the space under your stairs into a mini book shelf and reading area. Some simple shelves can keep your books and household documents in order and colourful plastic boxes can help inspire your children to clean up their toys once they have finished playing with them.

10.   Make your garden glorious

Gardens either make a great or a terrible first impression. If you front lawn is like a scene from the Secret Garden before Mary and Dickon have got their hands on it then you need to think about de-weeding your flower beds, cutting back the bushes and planting some beautiful blooms, shrubs and trees to make your surroundings look more attractive. You don’t need to spend a fortune, you just need to have some good ideas and to maintain it regularly.

It’s also a great way of extending your home and providing an extra space to enjoy family activities. If you love cycling or surfing, why not add a shed to securely store you sports equipment in? Or if you have children you could create a fun-filled play area with swings and a sand pit. Or if you love entertaining, why not add a patio and an awning so you can have barbecues and parties in summer? If you are green-fingered then why not develop a vegetable patch in your garden so you can help stock up your fridge with home-grown goodies as well as making your garden look bountiful?

There are many more things you can do to make your home look as good as new – or just to update its dated decor. For more information, how-to guides or to hire tools and equipment online, please visit our website – hss.com.