Whether it’s a colorful living room that always helps the party to last a bit longer or a zingy bathroom that takes you to the Tropics with its emerald green gloss tiles and palm print wallpaper combination, the hues in a modern home are the perfect place to start having some fun.
IMMERSIVE WALL MURALS
By paying homage to one of the world’s oldest decorative art forms, you grant your modern home a sense of theatre and opulence. There’s the classic Chinoiserie look, the old-world map-style mural, or trompe l’oeil paneling as a more pared-back take on the traditional mural. On the whole, dining rooms, hallways and bathrooms particularly suit this painterly style of decor where there’s a little less to distract by way of furniture and accessories. Or, if you opt for a more minimal mural wallpaper, a restful bedroom space might make for the perfect setting. This is where the hand-painted mural can give rise to pretty rooms such as cute bedrooms for girls, with a delicately-does-it illustration serving as a bedtime story that shall always result in a very happily-ever-after ending.
If you’re looking to brighten your modern home, you may want to consider our colorful room designs and ideas, just in time for the summer vibes!
EXPERIMENTAL ART INSTALLATIONS
For many, art is a source of everlasting pleasure. Collectables, heirlooms, pieces to take with you from home to home and appreciate in a new light as the years go by. It all comes down to color psychology and how brightness, shade, tint, tone, and overall color temperature can alter your experience of a given hue. Warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow are especially linked to happiness, optimism, and energy, as are bright, light pastels such as peach, soft pink, and lilac. Studies show they all release the happy hormone, dopamine. Colour theorists also suggest that blending multiple primary and secondary colors—be it in an outfit, a color scheme, or indeed a painting—will produce a happier outcome, so if you’re working with an art buyer, suggest they hunt high and low for works that tick these boxes.
PLAYFUL COLOUR PALETTES
Colorful rooms come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t be fooled into thinking that only the large living rooms can take a dramatic dose of pigment. In fact, a prudent piece of advice often offered by interior designers is to really go to town on one of the smallest spaces in the whole home—the downstairs guest bathroom or cloakroom. It’s in here that many clients test their bravery, experimenting with colorful wallpaper that they might never have dared to try in their bedroom. If this scenario rings true, think about how it makes you feel and whether that playfulness could be taken into an additional room to maximize on the spirit. After all, color is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal to dramatically alter the character of your modern home.
UPBEAT PATTERNS TO MIX AND MATCH
Pattern clashes are a surefire way to change the pace of your decor. A modern home that combines contemporary geometrics with Art Deco pineapple motifs is a home that is dynamic and gregarious. It’s a conversation starter—a reminder to not take life too seriously, to let our hair down, and to have fun. As with color, go as zany with your pairings as suits your personal style. But a heady mix of the pattern doesn’t have to be in the realm of wacky to have a mood-boosting effect. For a gentler approach, make sure your prints have points in common, such as color, which will make them sit together far more naturally.
UNEXPECTED FURNITURE PAIRINGS
It’s important to distinguish that happy rooms don’t necessarily equate to tantalizingly experimental interiors. Boldness is of course not the sole route to achieving beauty. One of the most dependable ways to ensure your furniture selections will bring a smile to your face on the regular is to really take the time to satisfy some sort of nostalgia. That could be sourcing an antique armoire and dressing table for the bedroom that brings up the memory of you playing dress up as a child in your grandmother’s bedroom. In essence, memory lane is your key to unlocking the most meaningful furniture pairings.