We’re always told about the importance of matching up colours and styles when we decorate, and there’s no doubt it’s an important consideration. When you’re shopping around for wholesale furniture or decorative items, it’s always worthwhile thinking about how a piece will fit with your existing furniture and the wall colour.
What is important is that you don’t go overboard with matching up colours, or only allowing yourself to use 2-3 colours in a specific room; this can make a room seem lifeless and less comfortable.
Let’s have a look at a few ways you can get the balance right.
Avoiding The Model-Home Look
You’ve surely walked through a model-home (or model-room as the case may be) at some point. Now obviously they aren’t real living spaces so there is understandably some sense of ingenuousness that they naturally give off, but you’ll also notice that the furniture and decorative pieces are impossibly matched up.
Now it’s probably not going to get to this point if you buy and use a matching set of furniture in your home, but you should be aware that using too few colours, tones, and stylistic elements when you decorate can give off some of a model-home vibe, which changes the mood entirely and makes it seem less like a comfortable living space.
When choosing furniture, paint colour, decorative items, and rugs, for example, keep in mind that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with splashing a few different colours and styles around here and avoid ending up with a living room that looks a little too one-dimensional.
Maintaining a Coordination Between Pieces
That’s not to say that there’s no such thing as a poorly decorated room whose pieces don’t compliment one another. This extreme can give a room a cluttered, messy and busy look, which also affects the overall mood and atmosphere in a messy way.
The trick, as it is in many walks of life, is to find the happy medium between the two. Generally, when you’re decorating it’s a good idea to establish a general colour palette and try to work around that, without being locked in too much.
Often, incorporating colours and textures that are a bit out there can give a room a unique or even cohesive flavour. Choose colours that work together nicely, but don’t feel as you if can’t bring in a certain piece of furniture, painting/picture or rug if it doesn’t fit the mould to a tee.
Keep in mind that while you don’t want every colour to be the same, there are colour pairings that work really well together. We’ve listed three of our favourites below! Experimentation is always encouraged so don’t be afraid to mix things up and deviate from these suggestions, but if you’re looking for inspiration, some of these certainly make a good starting point.
Grey/Blue and Mahogany
Mahogany furniture has a certain grandness to it that can light up a room itself, but it’s important to surround it with colours that complement it. Luckily there are quite a few that fit here, but grey-blue walls can be very effective in rooms in which you have a number of timber furniture pieces, like a traditional office desk against a blue wall. This combination brings to mind drawing to mind the contrast between the sky and earth.
Green and Light Brown
Rooms that feature a mixture of light earthy brown colours and washed-out greens can give any place a particularly relaxed feel. Being colours that we see regularly combined in nature, they can have a calming, almost therapeutic effect. This colour palette works well in bedrooms and studies.
This is a proven colour palette that can work really well in living rooms. It includes a range of neutral and somewhat muted colours including browns, greys, and maroons – we’d also recommend adding decorative items with bright hues to contrast against the studious tone that can be created here. It makes for a very calming almost meditative atmosphere and is often incorporated in studies libraries too.
Decorating the interior of a home and matching up furniture and paint colour is not without its challenges.
If you are planning on redecorating this summer, whether that be painting or sourcing new wholesale furniture, it’s important to do your research and have a good idea of what look appeals to you. You can also always speak to a colour consultant or decorator for help.