There are many different ways of decorating and using colour throughout your home. There are no strict rules, but Farrow & Ball have provided examples of some of the most popular ways of decorating to make sure you choose the right way for your home.
Different Styles Of Decorating
Coloured Walls And White Woodwork
A traditional style is to apply one colour to the walls and a white gloss on the woodwork. The white is often the same as the white used on the ceiling. From an aesthetical point of view this look is very clean and crisp, however it can often appear harsh and hard. To soften the contrast between wood and walls, select a white that is more sympathetic to the wall colour. This will make the contrast more gradual, visually reducing the confines of the room and giving an overall effect of more space.
Light Walls And Darker Woodwork
This style is a good way to create light and space by using the lightest colour on the largest surface area (walls) and a darker tone on the woodwork. Thus works well if you are using a more neutral scheme, giving the room a more 'decorated' feel. Using a darker colour on skirting boards not only makes the walls appear lighter in contrast, it also creates a strong contemporary look, making everything above feel elongated and lighter in contrast.
One Colour Used On Walls And Woodwork
The use of a single colour on both the walls and woodwork is very popular in contemporary settings as it creates a strong, clean look. This look generates a sense of calm in a room and also exaggerates the size, making the room feel much bigger, as there are no contrasts to draw the eye.
How To Create The Illusion Of More Space
Colour can be used to alter the shape of a room. A darker wall colour will bring it towards you, whereas a lighter colour creates the illusion that it's further away. Narrow hallways can be prevented from appearing 'tunnel like' by painting the end wall a darker shade than the side walls
Create Flow Through Your Home
To create flow throughout your home Farrow & Ball recommend selecting colours with the same tonal weight. Decorate floor by floor, considering the sight-lines and envisioning how colours will complement the adjacent rooms. An effective way to create flow is to reverse wall and woodwork colours room by room, switching the colour of the walls in the main area to the woodwork colour of the other rooms. This creates a feeling of continuitity throughout, also adding variety as some rooms will be lighter than others.
Making Rooms Feel Lighter
By using dark colours in a hallway, you can instantly make the other rooms off the hallway seem ardently brighter and bigger. The transition into a lighter room from a dark space creates a cavernous effect.
Making The Best Of A Room With Little Natural Light
To create the illusion that your ceiling is higher, it is best to use the same colour on the woodwork, walls and on the cornice or coving as this will make the walls appear taller. It also helps to use a white on the ceiling that is sympathetic with the wall colour so that you're less aware of where the walls end, and the ceiling begins.