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Colour palettes 101: Bright

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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You don't need to have an extensive knowledge of the colour wheel to grasp the concept of a colour palette. Decorating and styling a room is a personal affair, and, if you have hired one  to help you, an interior designer's job is to ensure that they understand you and your personality, in order to put together a room that suits your needs.

Today we are talking about the most exciting and bold colour palette there is: bright! Some lap up the style—expertly, mixing prints, patterns and textures, while others shy away from such an adventurous concept, opting instead for a 'touch' of brights. However daring or conservative you are, today we will be having a look at a bright colour palette, and how you can implement this into a number of different rooms in your house.

The kitchen

Kitchens need not be sterile and boring—that is a common, and inherently incorrect predisposition. Today, we are inundated with a sea of white and chrome kitchens  and it seems there is just one variation of the same thing repeated over and over. No matter the expense, a white kitchen is, well, just a white kitchen. If you are looking to separate yourself from the pack, and wanting something with a little more personality, then you can very easily add brights into your kitchen. Choosing a laminate bench top is both cost effective and functional. Whatever colour your heart desires, you can have it installed into the work bench. We absolutely love the way the pillows tie into the scene too. 

The bedroom

If you don't want to introduce brights into an area where everyone can see, you can add it to a space that is a little more intimate, like the bedroom. In this space, away from prying eyes and judgement, you can employ a colour palette as bright as you see fit. Go crazy—clash as many tones, textures and colours as you desire. As you can see in this example, you have the complete artistic license and freedom to explore your bright side!

The office

 Global Eclectic Style:  Living room by SB design Studio
SB design Studio

Global Eclectic Style

SB design Studio

A beautiful collection of canary yellow, orange, red and blue have been employed in this wonderful office. What rules dictate that a desk needs to be timber, or stained to appear luxurious, expensive and charming? Shout your personality aloud—find a bright coloured desk that you love and employ a playful and fun colour palette for the rest of the room to complete the look.

The dining room

Dining rooms are synonymous with being classic and elegant, but who is to say that they can't still be even when using different and unique colours? Despite the fact this room has a retro feel to it, they designers have spared no expense to ensure the colour palette in this room is fresh and bright! In most homes, dining rooms are becoming obsolete, but if you have the space and are daring, change the rules and break the stereotype with a bright space to entertain your dinner guests!

The lounge room

Abbey Road, St Johns Wood:  Houses by Alan Higgs Architects
Alan Higgs Architects

Abbey Road, St Johns Wood

Alan Higgs Architects

If you aren't afraid to use brights in the larger spaces in your home, then adding it to your lounge is a great way to show off your decorating skills. The bright mauve carpet and bright yellow couch (complete with ultra modern design) looks as though it came straight out of a glossy magazine shoot. This is for the truly daring and for those who know they will not tire of a bold look.

To see more home inspiration see ’Perfect home and Home furnishings’. 

What do you think of a bright colour palette? Do you think it is something you will implement into your home? 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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