Your colour scheme is the single most challenging part of designing a room – the style, mood and perceived temperature is all affected by your choice of colouring. Colour is a powerful tool for the transformation of light and space, but without any understanding can result in the faint hearted reaching for the tin of Magnolia paint or alternatively managing to achieve a decorative disaster.
You do not need an eye for colour – armed with a little knowledge as to how colours and patterns will affect your decor you can hopefully achieve the look you wish without any tears.
Light or lack of light plays a very important roll as to whether you can use a dark colouring for your décor as light is absorbed as it strikes an object, so using dark colours in a gloomy room will only compound the problem. The mellowest of schemes will need a touch of vibrancy to give it life whilst a dramatic scheme will need an element of calm or it will overwhelm you.
Living in harmony with nature is always a sure way to create a mellow setting, so introduce as many natural finishes as you can.
Bamboo blinds create a soft, diffused light effect gently filtering through the natural materials giving shade and privacy anywhere in the home. This delightful woodweave blind has a muted colouring that will particularly suit rooms with plenty of plants and natural finishes.
The beautiful chalky colour of the natural poplar wood combines all that is fresh and exciting in a natural wooden window accessory, with modern technology and styling. The bold outline detailing when the blind is open creates a completely different effect to the delicate silhouette of light playing through the slats when the blind is closed.
Lots of plants and the odd flower arrangement will also create a pleasing, relaxed setting. To draw attention to a particular object in your decor such as a work of art or a collection of glassware, selecting a blind in a matching colour will accent the objet d’art highlighting its colours, ensuring it remains the focal point of the room. Alternatively pale coloured window blinds increase the feeling of space, blending with neutral wall coverings, furniture and flooring.
Fresh Summer Colours – the colours of a summer’s garden, predominantly yellows, pinks and greens are the epitome of summer colours and the feeling of freshness that introducing these colours into your decoration will achieve is remarkable.
The dullest of north facing windows will be quickly brightened with a breathe of fresh air and the general mood of any room will be lightened.
Warm Wintry Shades – these colours based on Earth pigments have been used for thousands of years in our home décor, from early man’s cave paintings to the basis for many colour palettes today.
Reds and browns will evoke a feeling of warmth and exoticism. Red for example is an energizing colour, ideal for kitchens, dining rooms and children’s playroom blinds.
Soothing Mellow Colours – a décor based on these soft colour hues is acutely linked to nature with all its natural beauty and will be assured of creating a feeling of harmony and peace. Mellow colours are achieved when browns, reds, blues, greens and yellows have been mixed with copious amounts of white to produce a soft warm colour.
The resulting colours of creams, taupes, pale turquoise or blue and lemon an ideal colour in living areas and bedrooms where a general feeling of calm is tantamount.
Cool Colours – these colours are in fact both marine and aerial; they can be full on seaside blue or the deep turquoise of the Aegean Sea, the dusty grey-blue of the Scandinavian skies or the deep cobalt blue of an English summer sky; ideal for bathroom windows.
Cool colours are also some greens, yellows and purple, depending on whether they have a touch of red in their colour blending or not. Cool colours are certainly refreshing, looking particularly outstanding against a crisp white background, making the room feel more spacious and light whilst possessing an air of peace and tranquility.
Blue is a restful colour, setting the scene for a tranquil bedroom or relaxing bathroom, but perhaps during the winter months this cool, fresh look may not be quite so desirable, so the simple addition of a few well chosen home accessories in warm colours hues of reds or rusts will quickly make the room look warm and inviting.
Vertical and roller blinds such as the Alisa Ivory Vertical blind are ideal in steamy conditions and will give full window coverage. The fabric is also washable so the blind will remain fresh. A blue or turquoise wallcovering gives a great finish, but will need to have some relief such as an alternative colour for the window treatments.
Wooden venetian blinds, also known as Persian or Louvre blinds usually have wider slats than a metal venetian blind. They are especially great for bathroom and kitchen windows where a fabric window treatment may be affected by the high levels of steam or in the case of a kitchen window, may take on the odours of the cooking. They will suit any style of decor from modern contemporary to country cottage. The Alder white venetian blind as shown is also available in a large colour pallette of natural wood finishes, looking particularly outstanding with corresponding wooden flooring.
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