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How to Break the Design Rules: Colour Clash and Mix Pattern

Colour Clash and Mix Pattern - Freedom Homewares

Rules are such a snooze. You know, blue and green should never be seen and all that jazz. Sure, the colour wheel does dictate that certain hues are complimentary while others are not ideal together, but there are ways you can ignore these rules when it comes to home decor and colour clash with ease. It can all work wonderfully if you keep a few simple concepts (not rules) in mind. Let me get on my tutorial glasses for this educational experience.

You can pretty much have a rainbow work in a your space as long as you consider two things; size/proportion and grounding.

Size and Proportion: This is all about how much colour you’re using. For example, if you’ve got a large chunk of red colour (be it a coffee table, bedspread or rug), the other colours you bring in will need to be considerably smaller (a blue cushion, purple vase, armchair or stool etc). You can have it all – you just need to let no more than two colours be the hero.

Grounding: A space needs to feel grounded if you’re using loads of colour, otherwise it’s all stops to migraine city! A great way to do this is use a neutral as your base. Above, you’ll see brown brickwork is the neutral and all the pops of colour are working because of it. Below, white and soft grey are the neutrals, allowing the rainbow of hues to play nicely together.

Colour Clash and Mix Pattern - Freedom Homewares

Are you a fan of bright colours clashing like a packet of skittles in your space? I personally can’t get enough of it.

Drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts on colour for a space.

Pictures in this post come courtesy of Freedom.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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