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How to use colour to zone your home

Sure, an all-white colour scheme might help your abode appear more spacious, but it might also make it look colder and less cosy.

With open-concept spaces gaining popularity, Dulux suggests keeping away from one-tone colour schemes and, instead, make use of various shades of colour to help zone spaces in larger rooms. Here are five simple tips for using colours to zone your home.

HAVE A HARMONIOUS COLOUR SCHEME

Pick a harmonious colour scheme by using shades belonging to the same colour family. Too many clashing colours might overwhelm your spaces and make it look “chopped up”. The tricky part is to choose colours that not only unite the spaces, but also give them a sense of individuality. One suggestion is to use darker and lighter shades of the same colour.

USE ONE BASE COLOUR

If you’re planning on using plenty of colour, make sure you keep your floor one solid shade, preferably a neutral tone. White would be your best bet as it helps balance out the impact of bold colours and preserve the illusion of spaciousness.

MAKE USE OF AN ACCENT COLOUR

This works best with smaller spaces such as a bedroom. Features such as wardrobe doors or a single wall in one single bold colour can help define the space. Echo the colour with furniture or accessories in that hue. Not only will the bold colour help the room appear more lively, it will definitely set it apart from the rest of the home.

PLAY WITH COLOUR CONTRASTS

High Contrast

Low Contrast
Using high-contrast colours can help define a space more, but using low-contrast shades can establish a calm atmosphere. Think about the room’s purpose and give it the right levels of contrast.

COLOUR TRANSITION SPACES

Pick transition areas of the home such as hallways and stair landings to inject wall colours. The pop of colour will help signal a change of function, say from a common zone to a private one.

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