Our guide to introducing colour into a dazzling white space.
So you were swept along with the Scandi-minimal trend, and now you’re wondering what to do with all of those white walls and neutral surfaces throughout your home? Well, this really isn’t a bad position to be in at all. In fact, those dazzling, bright rooms that you’re currently scratching your head over should be viewed as one thing – a blank canvas.
If it’s colour you want, then colour you shall have! A white room can pop, burst, and sing with all manner of vivid and eccentric colours, not by painting and decorating, but by placement of small trinkets, soft furnishings, statement furniture – heck, even a piece of feature wallpaper!
Now, we’re not proposing that you go all Jackson Pollock on us, and start chucking colour here, there, and everywhere without any consideration at all – but the types of colour, and the effect you want it to have on a room will have a big impact on your choice of objects and how/where they’re placed.
Perhaps you’re looking for a sort of understated, monochrome look, lifted with colourful metallic accents like gold or bronze? This would give you an opportunity to consider the room’s intrinsic features such as lighting and fixtures. One of our brass and concrete pendant lights from GANTLights would set the scene for this, with a bold streak of brassy-gold taking centre stage.
After something more vivid? More bold? Ornaments, trinkets, cushions, wall art – aka, the Maximalist’s toolkit, are what you’ll need to delve into. Consider colours that are complementary and contrasting alike, and go wild. Rather than thinking in terms of colour trends, instead think in terms of topics – animals and animal print, botanicals and florals life, or bold and colourful geometrics – all rich seams to tap into offering a bountiful array of colours, but still unified under a banner to prevent it feeling completely random (unless that’s what you’re after!). It’s the perfect opportunity to explore and play with some of your favourite interests and muses.
We can’t dictate how you use colour in your home, and every house is different. From varying levels of natural light, to traditional or unusual architecture – there are all sorts of factors to consider. One thing we will say, is have fun with it! Be the artist, and don’t let anyone else influence your decisions if it’s not how you’d like it!