Colour Me Happy - Moll Anderson
Inspirational interior designer and colour enthusiast Moll Anderson shares five easy ways to add colour to the home
More than a matter of aesthetics, and beyond adding depth, interest and energy to a space, the science behind colour psychology reveals that colour is deeply emotional and can have powerful effects on the well being of a home’s inhabitants. Harness the power of colour inside your home for a happier more vibrant life with Anderson’s tips.
Consider painting an accent wall at the end of your hall, your family room, or your entry foyer. Paint is a budget-friendly way to experiment with colour and enliven your space. Use colour to highlight architectural features, add depth to the back of a bookcase or built-in, or bring drama to your ceiling. Or go big and explore the possibility of infusing colour into your smallest room, laundry room or home office. And don’t forget furnishings – breathe new life into old furniture and transform them into colourful accents. Paint is an affordable way to discover the perfect colour for you. A little investment of your time and a can of paint is all you need.
It’s all about hue. Start with the colour you love to wear and mix your hues. Your favourite wearable colour comes in many tones, tints and shades, and your closet will often reveal that you are attracted to varying hues of the same colour. Explore the possibility of bringing your favourite fashion colour to your space by mixing lighter and darker tones in the same family into your paint, fabric and accessories. When mixing lighter and darker tones in a monochromatic colour palette, you are creating a relaxing, balanced room. The mix of subtle tones and vibrant hues will create a mood-enhancing elegance to your space.
Be inspired by your favourite piece of art. Art is a great way to personalise your space and bring colour into your room. Find a painting you love, and let that be your inspiration for choosing your colour palette. If you cannot afford to buy art, then create your own. Find a lithograph or a photo that you love and make it into a large-scale piece. Hang it with or without a frame. Find an artist who has a style that speaks to you, and paint a canvas with the colour you love in a modern vibe. You will be amazed at the impact a large-scale painting full of colour can bring to your space. Flea markets and garage sales have long been a great source for unexpected finds and inspiration.
Make a bold statement with colourful accents. Accessorise! It’s an affordable way to infuse colour into your room and space, with minimal risk. You can easily change out the vibe by swapping out some key accessories. Choose your favourite colour to infuse into your life in fabrics, pillows, draperies or an accent rug. When it comes to the bathroom, go for brightly coloured towels, robes and bath mats. A simple folded throw over the arms of a sofa and a colourful collection of books or a tray will pop colour into any space in a flash.
Take home a bouquet and see how flowers arouse your senses. There are numerous places where you can pick up flowers that won’t break the bank. A visit to a local wholesaler will offer a full sensory experience of the widest variety in one place – from the exotic to the simplest of daisies. Peruse aisles full of the most colourful blooming florals sure to get your heart racing. But don’t forget your great neighbourhood florists as well, and never discount your grocer, flower stands and wholesale clubs. They are carrying well-priced flowers daily and are also willing to order your favourites. The idea is to try a new colour of flowers every week until you connect to the colour for you and your home that breathes new life into your space.
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