A cohesive home interior design does not mean a boring one.
The new normal means more hours working at home and less hours out of it. Faced with the same four walls of our home interior every day can get mundane and boring, but have you ever considered incorporating a pop of colour that can help uplift your mood?
Perhaps it is hard for many of us to imagine how vivid colours can fit in, especially in light-themed home interiors like minimalist and Scandinavian interior designs that are often associated with neutral shades or a simple white. For those sceptical about cohesiveness with the striking addition of colours, here are 4 ways you can seamlessly and sensibly add colour and personality into your home.
Throw aside that preconceived notion that pink is reserved for a girl’s pre-teen bedroom. While different shades may evoke varied emotions, light pink is known to be a soft, calming colour that regulates moods and balances emotional energies. It inspires a sense of peace and alleviates anxiety, which makes it ideal for a study or work corner.
In a home that is steeped in varying degrees of monochrome, this pop of pink breaks the black and white monotony and carves out a productive space for work or study. Coupled with the door that separates this home office from the bedroom, the addition of colour in this study nook is artfully executed in a way that does not encroach on the overall theme of the home interior design.
Green is very often associated with nature, which in turn evokes a sense of tranquillity and growth. Many homeowners take to incorporating green into their home interior in the most blatant of ways – indoor plants. This breathes life (quite literally) into the home and brings about a cosy warmth that complements well with wood textures and cool-toned interior designs.
But plants are not for everyone. Some homes may lack sufficient sunlight for plants in certain areas and some homeowners may have schedules too busy for the regular upkeep of plants. How then can you incorporate green into your home and craft a space to relax and unwind after a long day?
Think tropical vacation vibes in minimalist interior design. It may sound bizarre and jarring but this home pulls it off with a tropical wallpaper adorning a feature wall in the dining area, completed with palm trees and flamingos. While this may seem wildly uncharacteristic of a minimalist interior, the green-themed wallpaper adds a splash of personality to the home with its vibrancy.
Reminiscent of vast skies and seemingly endless oceans, blue promotes serenity and stability. As we trudge through the indefinite drag of the pandemic period, a blue-themed home interior can serve as a cool respite from our hectic lives.
In a home decked in white and grey, this homeowner chose a wall of sky blue that runs along the length of the open living area. The pastel shade creates a sense of fluid continuity that extends into the glass-partitioned home office, without dimming the interior of this sunlit space.
For the bolder ones, deeper shades of blue can add depth and richness to your home interior. A splash of cobalt blue amidst this classic Scandinavian home interior is unorthodox but not misplaced. Striking in a sea of neutral colours, it draws attention to the feature wall of framed scenic photos, that carries a hint of nostalgia in this time where travel is disallowed.
It may seem contradictory for black and white to be seen as incorporating colour into your home. Alone, black gives an air of power and sophistication, while white represents purity and simplicity. The use of commonly paired colours together is a timeless combination that is commonly used in many home interiors.
This bedroom uses white, black and shades of grey to create a distinctly refined interior design style. The marble textured wallpaper serves not only as a backdrop, but also injects elegance into modernity.
In a home swathed in white and gold, the monochromatic theme is a decisive change of scenery that sets the tone for the bedroom cum study. The use of black and white may not be your typical idea of adding a dash of colour to your home, but for this particular one, a personalised space is crafted without disrupting the overall aesthetics of the home interior.
Beyond its obvious influence on the visual aspect of a home interior, colour plays a large part in setting one’s mood and defining the personality of the abode. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all, and the above examples are but a fraction of the colours and combinations you can explore. Don’t be afraid to be different, and maybe you too can colour your way out of monotony!