A lick of paint is the quickest and easiest way to make an impactful change in your home. Whether you have a tired old room that needs a refresh, or you have a new piece of art or furniture that you need to create a beautiful space for, here are some tips and tricks for using colour in clever and creative ways.

HOW CAN I TRANSFORM MY ROOM?

A clever use of colour, some new flooring and fixtures and fresh linen or soft furnishings will turn a tired old space into a room that looks like it just stepped out of a magazine shoot. To get started, you need to think about the type of look you want to achieve. Start saving images of rooms you love, or using Pinterest to trawl for inspiring ideas.

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Once you have a good idea of what look and style you want to achieve, then it is time to choose your colour. Consider the following:

1. LIGHT

Always consider the light in your room, and what you want the end result to be. If you want a light and airy room, then it is best to look at using a lighter cool colour such as white, off white or cool blues or greens. Consider painting timber panelling and detail in a shade of white to create an illusion of more space.

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2. MAKING YOU SPACE APPEAR LARGER

To make a room appear more spacious and create the illusion of a higher ceiling, paint the walls and the ceiling the same colour, or make the ceiling a shade or two lighter than the wall colours. Use a light colour palette in your bedlinen and soft furnishings and watch the space visually expand.

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3. USING DEEP COLOUR

A dark colour on the walls can add drama and a contemporary edge. If you aren’t brave enough to paint all of your walls in a deep shade, then experiment with one or two adjacent walls. Deep colours look best teamed with crisp white trims and ceilings. They will give your room a modern, cosy feel and work as a perfect backdrop to showcase artwork or curated displays.

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WHAT COLOURS CAN I USE TO CHANGE THE WAY MY ROOM LOOKS AND FEELS?

Paint is an easy way to disguise things that you don’t want to highlight in your home, or alternatively to visually solve space issues. Here are some ways to use colour to manipulate space.

1. COLOUR MANIPULATION

Sometimes a room can feel too large, the ceilings are too high, or it generally lacks a sense of cosiness. This can all be addressed with the clever use of colour. Try painting the walls in a deep colour, and carry that shade onto the ceiling. This will cleverly make the ceilings appear lower and the room appear slightly smaller. As a result, the space will feel more welcoming. You can try this trick in a room that has plenty of natural light.

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2. CREATE A FOCAL POINT

There are often spaces in your home that aren’t blessed with an abundance of natural light. The trend towards converting basement spaces or designing internal rooms can create a challenge. There are some easy ways to bring windowless rooms to life. Firstly, always paint them in a light colour, using the same shade on all surfaces. Ensure that you use plenty of artificial lights to create a natural ambience in the room. Then work cleverly to create focal points in the rom that will catch your eye such as a series of images, or a carefully curated shelf arrangement.

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3. REMOVING BOLD COLOUR

Sometimes bold feature walls are not the best solution for a small space. They can chop up a room and highlight all of the wrong things in a room. You can easily paint over bold colour and redefine your space.

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Here a bold feature wall has been repainted to create a spacious yet cosy kids room. A calming shade of green has been used around the base of the walls and the dated flooring has been removed and replaced with painted floorboards and a patterned rug.

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HOW DO I ADD IN THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO MY ROOM?

The finishing touches will make all of the difference to your decorating project. Take time to research and experiment with exactly what you want to add into your colour schemes. Here are several things to consider:

1. LAYERING

Add layers of subtle colour and texture to bring a neutral room to life. Experiment with Linen, textured cushions, timber furniture and a mix of patterned and plain fabrics. Add in patterned rugs, some plants or foliage for the finishing touches.

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2. RUGS

You can often use your rug design as a basis for your colour scheme. Pick the colours in your rug out and use them as wall colours and accessories colours. This will give your room a lovely resolved look. This room has used a subtle version of the rugs base colour on the walls and then picked out the copper tones in the rug as highlights for lighting and accessories.

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It’s not hard to achieve a successfully redesigned room. Just take some careful consideration of the existing features in the room that you need to resolve and incorporate. Then put together a well laid out plan of how to make the best of the features, and how to create the mood and ambience that you want.

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3. FEATURE AREAS

Sometimes an architectural feature is just begging to be highlighted. This is an excellent way to introduce colour into a room without it being overpowering. Here a subtle shade of green has been used to highlight the architectural curved dividing wall.

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Image credits: (from top) https://www.homestolove.com.au/federation-home-brought-to-life-with-colour-4800, https://domino.com/california-interior-design, https://domino.com/california-interior-design, https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/333055334936611351/, https://domino.com/california-interior-design, http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/house-tours/g1540/decorate-with-personality/slide-4, https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/333055334936610580/, https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/avenue-lifestyle-4940565/lolas-bedroom-before-after-5113346797, https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/AcBYL4ZcI7anZ2vbMhG6qbz5JWVJJO-01XvkF4csrku2PHITOmkW0Ws/, http://www.insideout.com.au/home-style/clean-contemporary/ahead-of-the-curve-an-architects-dream-home/image-gallery/4c934a3afeae02f6677f714de8013f24?pos=1, https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/333055334936525964/

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