Assess your space
Different colours suit different rooms, so the first step is to assess your space. If your room faces north and often feels cool, bright colours in vivid, saturated shades will enhance the light and make it feel warmer. If your room faces south, you can get away with most colours – even dark, dramatic ones.
Think about what purpose the room is for. Is it for eating, working, or sleeping? Use colour to create the mood you want to achieve. Cool, calm, delicate colours such as pale green and watery blue bring calm, while vibrant, deep colours such as reds and purples will energise and encourage.
Inspiration is all around
Nature is a wonderful source of effortless colour combinations. Take a walk on the wild side and get amongst the great outdoors. Which landscapes make you feel most alive?
Take note of your most treasured homewares. Have you got a cushion or bedspread that instantly adds style to any space? Select colours from a favourite patterned accessory, then include the item in your finished room for a coordinated, personal look.
Art can also inspire stunning colour layouts. Select a few key colours from a painting you love for a colour layout that’s guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.
Mood board magic
Once you’ve chosen your colours, collect paint samples and fabric and wallpaper samples that feature different shades of your chosen colours. Use a flat space or large piece of white cardboard as a backdrop for your emerging layout. Arrange and rearrange to your heart’s content. Take your time. Don’t forget to stand back and walk away. You’ll know when it’s right.