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Tips to Decorate your Home from a Brighton Interior Designer


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Paint is our most adaptable and effective method of decoration. It’s easy to apply, change and remove. It revitalises interiors and its flexible nature brightens up walls, floors, furniture and so much more… The accessibility and versatility of the wonderful medium of paint allows us to revel in all the beautiful colours of the spectrum. Paint manufactures produce a fantastic variety of colours and types of paint and so a whole room can be delightfully transformed into a place of your dreams.

In today’s consumer lifestyle we have the luxury of choice, which is reflected in the contemporary attitude to what is á la mode in the world of paint. It’s all about the mood or style that you choose to create. In terms of taste, paint breaks the mould of many current design processes. A lot of the most popular colours found in contemporary homes and funky public spaces are replicas of those painted on the walls of grandiose 17th century country houses. These mixtures of pigments have stood the test of time because they are inherently pleasing and compliment well.

The most important element in choosing your colour scheme is that it works for you. Take time to really look at your environment; notice the different tones and hues surrounding you; take inspiration from the colours that please you. Combinations that work well together will be seen in nature, packaging, advertising and even your own wardrobe.

The joy of colour is all around us, in elements of nature and our man made environments. Each colour and its variants have a different psychological association which may affect your mood. A green living room will be a great place to chill, a blue bathroom will be easy to unwind in, and an orange kitchen will fill you with energy.

Although still popular current trends are moving away from neutral schemes towards rich shades with a strong depth of colour, often replicating colours found in nature; such as plums, aubergine, turquoise and teal. If you’re daunted by using colour I suggest you do it in moderation, paint an accent wall in the room; behind the bed or around a fireplace. This will have a fantastic result but won't over power the room. To be really subtle yet creative splash some colour inside an alcove or cupboard or brighten up an old piece of furniture.

When you've found a colour you like make sure you try before you paint the whole room, . This is important because colours vary in different environments. Paint a large piece of paper with the colour and try it in different parts of the room in daylight and artificial light. Make sure you’re really happy with your choice. Choosing the perfect colours can be daunting! If you need advice I offer a helpful Colour Consultation design service.

As we become increasingly aware of how important it is to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum, try to buy paint from companies who take pride in making more natural paints. I can personally recommend a local company, Villa Natura, they supply superb quality natural products in a beautiful array of colours that benefit the environment and your health. These paints are so natural you can compost anything you may have left over! Villa Natura 01273 808370

Colour, and therefore paint, is a fantastic, accessible form of self expression. It is your choice, your environment and your personality… Be it bold, calm, passionate, fun, warm, or vibrant …. Above all be inspired and enjoy it.

Clare Topham is a interior designer Brighton offering interior design Brighton & interior design Hove .


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