How to Create a Colourful Space That You’ll Love



If you’ve been reading my blog posts for more than a minute you probably know that I’m a diehard colour girl. I love deep, saturated colours and when you throw in a little bling to go along with it, it’s my dream come true. Now that we’ve moved away from the gray trend we’re seeing more colour enter our lives. I know there are a lot of you who are fearful about adding colour to your space because you’re not sure how to do it well. Today that’s what we’re talking about. I’m sharing my best tips for creating a colourful space. 

Before you run out to the paint store let’s discuss what steps to take before you even select a colour or colours. I will say that it’s helpful to have a colour deck on hand if possible. You can rent or borrow those from your local paint store. I’ll explain more about why below.


Analyze Fixed Materials First


Before we start talking about colour, take a good look at your space. What colour is the floor? What about the architectural details of your space? This could be the stone or tile on your fireplace. If you’re changing up your kitchen consider the countertop, backsplash and the cabinetry.

You want to make sure you take a look and gather the collective palette before you start adding to it. Maybe you’ve never noticed that the tile on your fireplace is a beautiful shade of blue. And maybe that shade is perfect for adding some pillows or even painting the walls.

What you’re trying to do is create a cohesive palette of colour. It will only be cohesive when you’ve accounted for and considered the colour that already exists. Now grab your colour deck and match the colours that exist to the best match on the colour deck. Use some sticky notes to keep track of those. If your wood is a neutral stain that is meant to work with everything you can ignore that. It’s the pieces that have an obvious colour to them that we want to pay attention to.


Now Look at Your Furniture

If you’re planning to replace your furniture this should be done now. You always want to select the colour for the walls and decor after you’ve purchased your furniture.

If you’re keeping what you currently have then look closely at the colours that are present. Even neutral colours should be analyzed so you know which undertones you’re working with. If you want more help understanding undertones, read this post. Just as we did above, add a sticky note to the colours of the deck that match your furniture. 


Build a Colour Palette


Since we can’t just ignore the colours that are present in our space we’re going to select additional colours that will work harmoniously with those colours. If you have a tremendous number of colours already I would suggest picking a couple that you really like and we’ll build those into the palette. 

If you’re dealing with mostly neutrals then you’re ready to start selecting some additional colours. The ideal method is the rule of 70/20/10 where 70% of the space is the main colour, another 20% is a secondary colour and the last 10% is the accent colour. Now you can see how the colours already present play a role. 

What colour would you like your walls to be painted? That’s going to be your main colour so start here. The secondary colour will be in your artwork, rug, pillows and some decor and the accent colour will be used sparingly. 

Using your paint deck, start to explore palettes that work together. It may take a few hours or a few days because you want the colours you love to work together to create a beautiful palette. One of the best tips is that colours work well together when they’re the same saturation level. That means deep bold colours like navy work with other deep bold colours like burgundy or green. Often there’s an issue with really saturated colours being mixed with lighter, pastel colours. Sometimes it’s a nice accent but often it can create too much opposition. 

Incorporate Balance Into Your Palette


One of the reasons you might see a space and fall in love has less to do with the particular colour they selected and more to do with balance. A space can be filled with colour but the amount and placement of colour is balanced.

For instance, if you have a room that has huge windows it can visually take up a lot of space. You can balance something large like this and offset it with a bold colour on the surrounding walls. The colour has the same bold presence as the oversized windows so it’s balanced out across the space.

Another example is a space that has a really interesting and eye-catching ceiling. This could be a very tall ceiling, once clad in panelling or with interesting beams. We don’t want our eyes to continually be going up to the ceiling so the way to balance that is to add a deep colour to the walls. This will draw your eyes back down to the main space.


Make It Personal

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Before you finalize your colour selections you’ll want to be sure it incorporates your personality. If you love pink, red and orange but you think it’s safer to go with blue you might end up hating the space. It won’t feel like you and you’ll never fall in love when you step into the room. Instead, make it feel like you by creating a palette that’s easy to live with. Maybe you use a very pale pink on the walls and in the artwork. You add peach and orange as the accent colour and a pop of red in a couple of accents. Even though this doesn’t scream colour, it’s you and your personality. You’ll always love it when you come home.

You can also make your space personal by adding pieces that you love. If you’ve been travelling, incorporate some of the things you’ve collected. So often we buy things on our travels that are bold and colourful and then we feel they don’t work in our space. Consider these special pieces when creating the palette. It’s a reflection of who you are and this helps to make your space feel like a home. 


Don’t Forget About Pattern

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Maybe you’re not so confident about painting big colours on the walls. Even a white room can come to life with the right colour palette and planning. Patterned fabrics can easily take the place of bold walls because a little goes a long way. Use pattern in rugs, pillows, decor and upholstered pieces like ottomans. 

What colours are you currently loving in your own space? I’d love to hear from you.

If you’re planning a renovation and need help with finishes and colours, reach out to me. I’d love to chat about your project. 


If you know your design style but you struggle with which paint to use, take a look at my Made-For-You paint palettes. They take the guesswork out and give you the confidence to get started.


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