When it comes to transforming a house into a home, interior design expert, TV personality and Luxaflex National Brand Partner, Neale Whitaker, certainly knows a thing or two. In this interior decorating Luxaflex Masterclass, he discusses the four key components to consider when it comes to home design – colour, light, functionality and mood.
When it comes to decorating, colour has a profound influence on our mood. The ‘60/30/10’ rule is a useful place to start when you’re planning a colour scheme, especially if you are living in an open-plan environment.
“The rule means using approximate percentages of colour to create balance. For example, using 60% of neutral or white, adding 30% of toning shades and finally a 10% flourish of contrasting colour,” says Neale.
This creates an even palette and doesn’t allow for colour clashes. Neale recommends experimenting with colour in smaller areas first before committing to larger spaces.
“Even though neutrals don’t sit on the colour wheel, they have hints of colours that do and these should be considered when mixing neutrals and colours,” says Neale.
“Find out where stronger colours sit on the colour wheel and this will determine whether you opt for cool or warm neutrals. Blue-based colours will work best with cool whites and greys, while red-based colours work with warmer whites.”
A key colour trend for the coming year is warm, earthy and spicy tones. This includes pale beige, biscuit and parchment shades vying with whites and greys as a backdrop to rich colours like bark, olive and ochre. They have a subtle intensity and can be incorporated in spaces to create a cosy vibe.