How to Choose the Right Colour Blind

Juliet Russell

BY Juliet Russell

Published: 15 September 2021 Updated: 17 August 2022

What is the right colour?

There really is no “right” colour – just the colour that’s right for the room setting or the look that you’re trying to create, and the colour that makes you happy. Some rooms are thought to be suited to certain colours more than others, such avoiding bold colours like red in a bedroom for a more peaceful atmosphere, but it’s really down to individual preference.

Are blinds too contemporary for my home?

Blinds are available in as many different styles as there are types of home, including more traditional styles, such as the classic Roman blind, and the elegant wooden venetian. True, a range of specialist designs or hi-tech coatings make some blinds extremely contemporary in both look and function, but with such a wide range of styles available there’s certain to be the right blind for your home.

What’s the most popular colour ?

Ask five interior stylists this question and you’re likely to get five different answers. However, certain colours are associated with certain rooms for reasons other than simple popularity. Grey, one of Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2021 is a frequent choice for living room for those looking for a neutral that works that little bit harder, but it’s also a good choice as it carries a certain elegance to it. A light grey keeps the room looking fresh and bright and is a good alternative to a more stark white, while a darker shade can add a little more warmth.

What’s the most popular colour for a living room?

Grey and blue never cease in their popularity, particularly for living rooms and the calming atmosphere that the mid shades of both create goes a long way towards that. More formal living rooms benefit from pale greys, bringing a look of elegance that suits the setting very well, and the paler shades of both create a sense of space and expanse. Conversely, if you’re looking to create a more intimate space then dark blue works very well to create a more snug setting.

white silhouette blind fitted to a window in a living room and paired with a grey curtain

What colour will make my room look bigger?

If your aim is to create the visual impression of space, there are several different options to look at. Firstly, choose a paler, cooler colour, as this pushes the walls outwards, whereas darker and bold colours have the opposite effect. Consider also the type of blind – you’re looking for a streamlined look, sleek and slim such as one of our specialist blinds, rather than the more full Roman or Venetian blinds.

What colours work well together?

Almost every colour can be made to work with any one other colour – the secret is in choosing the right shade of each colour, rather than the colour itself. One of the best ways to do this is by looking at a colour wheel, which illustrates the relationship between colours. This way, you can actually see how the colours interact with each other and understand why. For example, blue and orange are opposite one another, making them complementary colours, likewise yellow/violet and red/green. Strong colours at their brightest shades, but the pairing works well for a modern look.
Colours which sit adjacent are analogous – use these to create highlight, or to vary the tone in the room. This is an ideal way to soften bold or bright colours, by simply choosing a shade at the farthest end of the same spectrum – so look to violet or orange-reds to take the heat out of primary shades of red.

What are the benefits of neutral colours?

Neutrals are often presumed by the uninitiated as boring but that’s really not the case and there’s a whole host of different ways in which any room can benefit from neutral colours.
Neutrals can be the perfect foil to bold colours, either to contrast, or simply to soften the impact of the colour. Neutrals can pull different shades together to work as a complete room, particularly useful if your sofa, flooring, walls and soft furnishings are multiple shades of the same colour. And don’t forget that neutral can really apply to just the background colour – you can bring patterns into play with neutrals; choose cream or taupe as a base and utilise other colours within the room to feature as the pattern colours.

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