How To: Add Colour With Confidence; Want to master the art of creating gorgeous schemes at home? Interior designer Jacinta Preston gives us the lowdown on how to use the rules of the colour wheel to whip up palettes like a pro

THE TROUBLE WITH COLOUR is you just can’t believe your eyes. Colours have a habit of behaving differently in the company of other colours. The “value”, “saturation”, and “coolness” of a hue can cause huge differences in our perception of colour. And the way we read colour is also greatly affected by the light source. So colours are duplicitous. One moment that sunny yellow is all light and joyful, the next moment it looks dingy and untrustworthy. How do we navigate through this complicated process of colour selection? Well, say hello to the colour wheel.

which color for your house
which color for your house

The colour wheel, designed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666, is a tool that helps us understand colour and its relationships with other colours. As we learnt in school, the wheel is made up of 12 colours that are divided into three groups: primary, secondary, and tertiary.

The first three colours are the primary colours or pigment colours, which cannot be made from any other colour. These are red, yellow and blue. The secondary colours are made by mixing any two of the primary colours together, creating green, orange and purple. The tertiary colours are made by mixing a primary and a secondary colour, creating yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green.

The colour wheel theory is this: there is a set of principles used to create harmonious colour combinations, Another way to consider the colours on the colour wheel is by temperature. Half the wheel is made up of warm colours – reds, oranges and yellows, and the other half is the cool blues, greens and purple. Warm colours are considered to be vivid and energetic. They advance in the space, or come forward. Cool colours are serene and calm.

How about inside interior color? which color of your table, recliner chairs, sofa, shelves, and windows you should choose?
How about inside interior color? which color of your table, recliner chairs, sofa, shelves, and windows you should choose?

White, black and grey are classified as neutrals and these can be used to change any of the colours into a tint, shade or tone. A colour becomes a tint when white is added. White makes a colour brighter but also more pastel. A colour becomes a shade when black is added – this is also referred to as the value. When using design terms, we call these palettes dirty, gritty colours. A colour becomes a tone when grey is added. The words “colour” and “hue” are interchangeable.

Saturation is the amount of actual colour used to make the colour, that is, if the colour is not a tint, shade or tone, then it has full saturation or is full-on colour.

BLACK & WHITE + RED

These two rooms feature a gorgeous monochromatic scheme, also known as a onecolour scheme – and here, that one colour is red. They show how crucial balance is in colour terms – just a few tiny shots rev up these otherwise cool black and white environments.

black white and red for your house
black white and red for your house

Red is considered to be stimulating and exciting so it’s appropriate for a study area and, in small amounts, a child’s bedroom. Red is also the colour associated with love, desire, blood, fire, danger, strength and power.

BLUE + YELLOW + RED

Both of these rooms use a triadic scheme. That is, the three colours are spaced evenly on the colour wheel. The dark neutrals in these rooms allow the small amounts of colour to really pop. Yellow is considered to be the colour that is always seen first after all, yellow is the colour of sunshine! But beware, bright yellow rooms apparently make babies cry more.

PINK + GREEN

This is a classic complementary colour scheme – two colours opposite on the colour wheel – in pink and green. When used in large amounts this chord can be extremely vibrant, and that’s putting it nicely. On the other hand, look to Mother Nature. She’s quite a colour show-off, creating perfectly balanced colour harmonies all over the place – for example, most flowers and plants feature either analogous or complementary colour chords. In this bedroom (see right) the colour has really only been applied to the “accoutrements” of a lovely neutral space, so it’s fitting that these colours should collide or oppose each other to create just the right amount of tension to make the room harmonious.

pink and green house
pink and green house

All that said, rules are made to be broken. So be brave with your colour combos! Colour is a great design tool and you should go with your instincts. And, if you’re game to put your blue and green together without a colour in between, then so be it. Enjoy a little colour voodoo. Oh, but perhaps paint a really large sample first!

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Pretty Eclectic; A Brisbane designer adds character and colour to her first home with a vibrant mix of old and new

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Brisbane interior designer Melanie Parker and her husband Stuart were searching for their first home together when they stumbled upon a weatherboard cottage in a secluded, tree-lined hill just near the Brisbane River in south-east Queensland. “We wanted a place not too far from the city, but somewhere that felt miles away,” Melanie says. “We loved the trees and the fact that the street was only partially sealed so it felt like a private little track to our corner of the world.”

The cottage had been spruced up for sale with a lick of cream paint on the interior walls and an exterior scheme of gum-leaf green with heritage maroon trim. Melanie decided she could live with the green, but the dated maroon had to go. The couple repainted the trims in a more contemporary charcoal grey, and a fresh coat of white paint replaced the cream of the interior walls.

Fresh paint through furniture and artworks

“The difference is incredible,” Melanie says. “The fresh paint has really opened our little cottage up. It’s like a breath of fresh air.” The new all-white backdrop of the interior helps balance the bolder block colours, through furniture and artworks, in the home.

fresh paint for a house
fresh paint for a house

The standard aluminium sliding door leading out to the deck was replaced with an eight-paned set of French doors, which increases the light into the kitchen. “They are architecturally a much prettier door to look at, especially as you can see them from the front entrance,” Melanie says. On the rear deck, the couple’s first impulse was to put an outdoor dining setting, but they found they used the more casual lounge seating in the warm Queensland climate.

Minor updates for living room and kitchen

The basic “builder’s kitchen”, as Melanie called it when the couple first moved in, just needed a few minor updates, such as replacing the dated splashback with white subway tiles and fitting new pendant lights. “With such a long, narrow living space, I wanted to define the three areas and changing the lighting was one way I could achieve this,” Melanie explains. The lighting was also changed in the bedrooms and hallway – vintage shades were chosen to keep the cottage feel of the house and to also balance the industrial-style Ikea pendants in the kitchen and living areas. The original lightfitting from the lounge was upcycled and painted white to make a fun statement in the tiny space.

Minor updates for living room and kitchen
Minor updates for living room and kitchen

Melanie, who works with interior designer Anna Spiro of Black & Spiro, has learnt many tricks of the trade from the queen of modern, eclectic style, who is also known for her bold use of colour. “Both Stuart and I wanted the house to feel quite personal, so I used existing pieces, vintage finds and a mixture of styles to make the house ours,” she says.

The design mantra Melanie repeats to her clients is: “Only purchase the items you love. An eclectic mix of items you love will stay with you, move from house to house with you and won’t necessarily date.” And judging by her home, Melanie certainly practises what she preaches.

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Major Style: On a Minor Budget; Stylist Briar Stanley shows that with some savvy shopping, a few design tricks and simple DIY projects it’s possible to decorate three rooms for less than $4000. Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof

the challenge

WITH JUST $4000 in the kitty and three empty rooms – living, dining and bedroom – to transform into stylish spaces, stylist Briar hit “budget” stores to source a range of large items of furniture first. “It’s all about the careful edit and selection of pieces,” Briar says. “Buy basics with the simplest form. Avoid fussy, over-designed items. This will make it easier to build the scheme of the room and to add accessories,” she says.

To achieve an expensive look on an inexpensive budget it’s wise to play it safe with the colour palette as sometimes bright colours on low-price items can look cheap, Briar advises. “And use a pared-down palette throughout your home – just two or three main colours. This will ensure the rooms work together, creating a natural flow to your living spaces. It can save you money on paint, too.”

To really save money Briar did lots of DIY projects, making regular trips to discount superstores like Bunnings and Spotlight. “Look outside the square with hardware items,” she says. “It’s amazing what you can transform with a little imagination and time.” A great way to add personality and creativity to your rooms. Now, flip over the page to see exactly what Briar did transform.

living room TOTAL | $1639.54

Briar’s starting point for the room’s overall look was the sofa she bought from Fantastic Furniture for just $599. “The sofa is a block colour – a great dark charcoal shade that provides a solid and neutral base to work with,” she says. “Its shape and colour inspired the modern, eclectic look of the room.” Steering away from white walls, Briar added richness and a subtle contrast to the dark sofa with a soft sky-blue paint. Accessories that complement the sophisticated palette were then added through cushions, a striking rug, patterned throw, cool lamp, and simple white pieces such as the modern coffee table and side stool.

living room
living room

dining room TOTAL | $760.22

The dining room was a fun area to decorate as Briar incorporated lots of DIY projects, from using recycled cans as vases to creating a tablerunner from kraft paper. “Don’t be afraid to experiment with your DIY projects,” Briar says. “It’s not a huge money outlay, it just takes a bit of time.”

The steely shade of grey on the walls works well with the colour scheme of the living room and it also complements the white furniture basics in this space – affordable finds from Ikea. The neutral grey of the walls and frames allows for splashes of bright colour to be added through artwork – choose drawings, posters, photos and low-cost crafty items such as these cute pink and red heart doilies (see right) to add personality without breaking the budget. The overall look is modern and minimalist yet with plenty of character and style.

Dining room
Dining room

bedroom TOTAL | $1334.61

The major spend when decorating the bedroom is often the bedframe. Cut out this cost completely by going for a futon style with a mattress on the floor. Dress it up with beautiful bedlinen in complementary colours: think homemade bedcovers made from cuttings of fleece or felt, DIY cushions, and a striking bedhead, like our homemade fabric installation (see “Make”). Team with classic homewares and furniture, such as white lamps and bedside tables that won’t date and are easy to update. Vintage books can be used as decorative props, and for affordable artwork stick a favourite poster on the wall with Blu-Tack then add clips for a cool, casual look.

Bedroom
Bedroom
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