Your home is your personal haven; a place to escape from the bustle of work and indulge in rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Known for being a natural mood lifter and energiser, colour is one of the most cost-effective ways to revitalise your home, create an engaging focal point of your dwelling’s design, and of course, a way to weave your personal style throughout the space in which you reside. Seeking to unpack the best ways to create daringly with colour, Bethany Hayes sits down with interior designer and marketer at Edgecliff Homes, Jenna Cohen.
Whether it’s a rocking pop of red from your kitchen kettle, or tranquil shades of teal in your bathroom, colour is all around us every single day. While a modern, monochromatic colour palette might steal your fancy, if you do favour something a little more daring the options to infuse colour within your home are nothing short of plentiful. And with their potentially calming, space-enhancing and light-infusing abilities, it’s no wonder homeowners turn to colour when transforming their abode. Dearest reader, journey with us as we unpack all things colour and style within the home, with the help of an expert.
LET THERE BE COLOUR
With colour, the sheer spectrum of shades available, and ways you can incorporate such hues throughout the home is limitless. While this may seem daunting, in Cohen’s interior design experience, this vast colour availability is nothing short of an advantage for homeowners looking for something special. “There are so many beautiful paint colours, finishes and fabrics in the world,” Cohen affirms. “When looking at colour, try to forget what you think ought to be right,” the interior designer continues. “If it looks beautiful, that is the whole point. Don’t worry too much about what it means.”
So, how should one go about creating a colour scheme within the home? One of the defining aspects of an effective colour scheme is that the home appears cohesive as you travel from room to room, perhaps with each room displaying a varied or similar shade from your selected palette. This repetition of colour is what makes the journey throughout the home feel silky smooth to the senses. “Using darker colours below lighter colours – as seen in nature – is a useful guideline when developing a colour scheme,” Cohen notes. “It avoids a ‘top-heavy’ or unbalanced effect when two different colours are used, for example, above and below a dado rail.” If following the season’s colour trends tickles your fancy, remember to take into account that trends are fleeting – and as such, they come and go, and thus may require an update. “If you want to use an on-trend feature colour, make sure you take into account that it may have to be repainted when it becomes dated or the client is sick of it.”
The perfect place to try a bold colour? The front door! “The front door is a great example, as you will not need to hire a painter to change it,” Cohen agrees. “I love a pop of colour at the front door. It screams fun and courageous in my eyes,” she continues. “I’ve seen many beautiful Hamptons-style homes feature a yellow or even a pink door, and I think that it allows us to realise that colours are meant to be fun, and they can evoke feelings and moods when used correctly.” Dubbing context and moderation as key, Cohen also affirms that she doesn’t believe that there
is anything to strictly avoid when using colour, provided homeowners do so sparingly.
HUES OF HAPPINESS
Colouring your abode need not only come through wall shades; there are a plethora of alternate options to get your colour on, without the finality of a paint tin. To help get your green on, the humble house plant is an excellent option. “Plants help add ‘life’ and introduce softness to a room,” Cohen agrees. “You can use the greenery to act as a pop of colour to complement or contrast the internal schemes and finishes.” If it’s a holiday home or rustic beach shack you’re looking to up the colour in, try utilising natural timber material, texture, neutral colours, earth tones and even hints of
blue undertones, which will pay homage to its seaside location.
If you’re working with a smaller space, like an
apartment, Cohen suggests using light shades
and hues – like whites, light greys and other earthy tones. These bright shades will encourage clean lines within the apartment, adopting a minimalist ideology. While strategic pops of dark colour can effectively juxtapose the light, bright elements within a home, the interior designer does caution against using a dark colour or shade as a feature wall. “Dark walls can make the space appear smaller if not used correctly! Be cautious with this step – I would encourage my clients to look at wallpapers and textured paints as a way to create a safe feature wall within their home.”
For 2021, Pantone have dubbed Yellow (Illuminating) and Ultimate Grey as being colours of the year. Cohen explains that it is from here that her work as an interior designer often stems. “[With this knowledge] I would take down shades and the undertones of these colours to work in with my spaces and design concepts,” she explains. “As an interior designer, it is important to follow the latest trends, be it in paint or fashion, to know what is the next hot thing.”
If you’re on a budget, but are still looking to infuse some colour and visual interest throughout the home, try looking at key styling items from “cookbooks, vases, flowers and tea towels”. “All of these additional items will help change the colour and tone of your kitchen without having to spend huge money on new cabinetry,” Cohen affirms. Looking at replacing the lighting or pendants within the kitchen are also an effective method of modernising and dare we say it – colourising the home.
Appliances are another great way to infuse some
personality and colour into your home, in a cost effective and non-final manner. Paired with a fresh white wall, a colourful appliance can effectively draw the eye, without assaulting the sense or overpowering the room. “SMEG offer a great selection of coloured ovens, fridges and appliances, and I love when clients take this risk to go bold; it always pays off,” Cohen notes. “Confidence is key in life and also in design!”
For Cohen and the Edgecliff Homes team, looking at a client’s selected theme and end goal – be it modern minimalism or a classic Hamptons style home – is crucial when putting together personalised colour requests. “I take inspiration from their photos and put together a cohesive scheme. If there are special colour requests that the client is looking to replicate, we use Taubmans Coloursmith. Creating personalised paint colour couldn’t be easier. [We] simply upload a photo which captures [the client’s] ideal colour, name it and order it!” Cohen says – a method that offers one hundred percent personalisation.
When asked about her go-to colour scheme, Cohen’s answer is simple. “[Choose] an achromatic colour scheme with one tone [of] only one colour added.” While seemingly simple, an achromatic colour scheme with say, a red accent will add an important contrast. “This harmony group allows you to incorporate high
chroma and vibrant colours that will not overwhelm a space because it is surrounded by neutral greys.”
Creating with colour is ultimately all about fun and enjoyment. Through utilising effective pops of colour; be it through your appliances, a stunning feature wall, plants or a bold front door, you can be sure that place you call home is a place you truly love being in.
Images courtesy of Edgecliff Homes