Some of the toughest decisions that any person planning a new house faces are which colour to paint the walls, what couches will fit them, and deciding if the colour of the kitchen surface needs to match the colour of the fridge. Or, is it perhaps better to choose contrasting colours?
A moment before you select the colours for your walls, work surfaces or couches for your new home, we asked designer Leora Sternfeld – who for the past 20 years has specialised in the interior design of private homes, apartments and penthouses – to share what is important to know.
- According to Leora, if there is a non-neutral colour that you especially like, it is important to ensure that it doesn’t completely take over the entire apartment. It is fine to incorporate a purple couch or to paint a wall orange, but you need to be mindful that the colour won’t be too dominant.
- Once you have chosen a colour scheme, it is best to repeat it in different areas of the house, whether in the textiles or on one of the walls. If you are hesitant of unusual colour combinations, Leona recommends that you keep to the same scheme, since it is harder to make mistakes that way. For example, shades of light blue, blue and purple enable you to stay in a relatively “safe” space. In any case, it is best to be cautious when combining opposing colours: these type of combinations, like green and Christmas red, may be exciting at first, but they are difficult to live with in the long run.
- Similar to the process of designing and planning the entire house, when choosing colours, it is best not to plan rooms that are “for show” only, such as an all white living room. Aside from the lack of functionality, the result is always alienating. In such cases it is preferable to introduce a personal touch by adding a dash of colour to the curtains, pillows or by adding pieces of art, that create an inviting and approachable atmosphere.
- In the children’s room you can go wild with bolder colours. Children love to hop from one thing to another and this energises them. It is always nice to give them a wall that they can paint on and then erase and then repaint, without the limitations of paper.
- Most importantly, don’t be afraid and trust the architect or designer that you are working with. Most people are afraid to use colour and there is no logical explanation for this.