Over those simple, pared-down interiors? Ditch the all-white and play around with different colors, textures, and styles in your space!
Making a daring statement in your home may be daunting, but hearing from experts really helps. Using the right tips and tricks can help curate a visually exciting space that speaks to your personality and adds to the aesthetics without going overboard.
Keep reading to discover daring interior design tips to take your home to the next level, including how to add a pop of color and play with several styles.
How To Add Color To Your Home
Everyone needs a bit of color in their lives — and homes. So, don’t let the fear of going overboard keep you from adding a pop of hue to your home. One of the safest ways to achieve the purpose is by using the 60-30-10 color rule.
The 60-30-10 Color Rule
This rule helps you easily put together a color palette that is coherent and balanced. It recommends using 60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent color.
The dominant color (60%) sets the base and anchors the space. This should primarily be used for the walls. The secondary color (30%) should be used half as much as the dominant color. As such, it can be incorporated through furniture, window treatments, and bed linens. Finally, the accent color (10%) is the finishing touch. Add it through the cushions, decor, artwork, and lamps.
Fun Ways To Add Color
Add a pop of hues to your interior in fun ways, such as:
- Paint the front door a vibrant color
- Hang bright-colored wall art and use colorful cushions (these are easy to switch up as you wish)
- Create a feature wall with creative prints
- Add color to your kitchen cabinets
- Breathe life into old furniture by giving it a fresh coat of different-hued paint
- Add vibrant-colored appliances
Color Palettes For Inspiration
While you can always curate your own color palette, the following ideas are great for inspiration:
How To Mix and Match Interior Design Styles
If you want to play it a little more daring than just colors, consider mixing and matching different interior design styles. This may seem daunting but is, in fact, pretty simple to do. Keep reading to discover how!
Tips For Mixing and Matching Styles
First things first, choose the interior design styles you wish to put together (see the next section for inspiration). Next, divide them into a suitable ratio. Mostly, this is 80% of the primary design style and 20% of (one or more) secondary style(s).
While decorating, choose a shape or motif — basically any type of pattern — to tie the space together. For example, this can be a lined pattern used for throw pillows, rugs, and window treatments. Match together different wood types (one way to do so is by pairing a fluted wall with wooden furniture and flooring), and don’t forget to create a focal point to draw attention to one place.
Tip: The secret to creating a seamless blend is finding and using common elements between the two design styles. For example, both boho and Scandi-style interiors are big on textures and natural elements.
Styles To Pair Together
You can pair together any design styles that resonate with your personality. Examples of styles people usually use together include:
- Boho and Scandinavian
- Modern and traditional
- Transitional and contemporary
- Japanese and Scandinavian
Fun fact: Many interior design styles are a result of mixing and matching! For example, we have a formal design name for Japanese and Scandinavian, called Japandi. It was experimented with back in the day — people loved it and widely used it, and eventually, it developed into a style of its own.
Remember, There Are No Rules
With that said, it’s helpful to remember that there are no rules in interior design. What works for others may possibly not work for you, so it’s always a good idea to listen to your gut when it comes to decorating.
Let’s Get Playful With Interior Design!
There you have it, folks! You can now seamlessly and coherently play with colors in your interior and match the different design styles you like. Be sure to keep the aforementioned tips and tricks in mind and you’ll create a space that is truly tailored to your taste while being balanced and visually interesting!
Which ideas will you use in your interior? Share your top picks — and preferred colors and design styles to match — in the comments section below.