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Which Colour For Which Room? Monochrome Tones

Which Colour For Which Room? Monochrome Tones

Colour plays such a strong part in our emotions, so it’s worth considering how different colours make us feel and behave in a space. It’s important that when you start to redesign your home you ask yourself what you do in a room. This will affect practical things like layout, furniture and storage, even lighting. But what colour you choose is also essential in helping to create a space that works for you on every level.

Take a look at our series of advice from interior designer, Sophie Robinson, on Which Colour For Which Room?

Monochrome Tones

White

Like white, in its purest form black is a hard colour to live with. Black is all colour absorbed and so can literally leach the energy out of the room. So, like white, think of the nuances of black like graphite and charcoal shades, which are softer and easier to live with. It makes a striking colour to use if you are looking for high contrast and definition. Like purple, it’s also a colour associated with luxury but can look cheap if not done well. I think black works best in moderation. Team it with metallics like copper or brass to bring it to life.

Black

Like white, in its purest form black is a hard colour to live with. Black is all colour absorbed and so can literally leach the energy out of the room. So, like white, think of the nuances of black like graphite and charcoal shades, which are softer and easier to live with. It makes a striking colour to use if you are looking for high contrast and definition. Like purple, it’s also a colour associated with luxury but can look cheap if not done well. I think black works best in moderation. Team it with metallics like copper or brass to bring it to life.

 

Grey

Sitting perfectly between black and white, grey is the ultimate neutral. This is because it has little effect on us emotionally and as a result can feel non-committal and dare I say it, depressing! But like white, we rarely use pure grey and it’s often got a tint of another colour. So, ask yourself if you are opting for a green grey, a warm grey tinged with yellow or a cool blue grey, as grey will take on some of their effects.

 

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