We previously mentioned that brilliant colours can serve to visually enlarge and brighten a space where natural light is lacking. This time around, our panel of interior design experts contribute some pointers on how to effectively use bright colours in other ways.
Select or paint accents in bright colours to add vibrancy, provide contrast, emphasise forms, and focus visual attention on specific features.
Refurbish and modernise vintage furnishings or appliances by painting them in bright colours.
Combine a bright colour with a darker, complementing colour to provide contrast (such as white and blue), or blend the various shades of two complementary colour families (colours opposite each other in the visual spectrum such as orange and blue). Repeat the palette in other areas to preserve continuity and create cohesion. Reverse the ratio of bright to dark colours, or use an accent colour in the foreground, to highlight a space.
Use bright or pastel colours to emulate the Mediterranean seaside look on the interior as well as the exterior.
Completely saturate a space with a bright colour in various shades, or a single shade for dramatic and immersive effect. Keeping one colour dominant will help to personalise a space and reinforce the emotional impact of the chosen colour.
Article by Kevin Eichenberger