As new paint trends emerge, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that homeowners and renters alike are looking to decorate and spruce up their homes with colour, waving goodbye to ‘millennial grey’ altogether (and aren’t we so glad).
Admittedly, it’s almost impossible to mention the latest colour trends without mentioning even just a handful of our favourites. From the top of our heads alone, we’ve got to give a shout-out to colour drenching and following the launch of Dulux’s colour of the year, Sweet Embrace, the ombre paint trend.
Well, to our luck, yet another contender has entered with the hopes of making a mark in this respective era of DIY home decorating – and its main objective is to make your home work harder.
Colour zoning – what is it, and how do you achieve it in your home?
When we talk about colour zoning, it doesn’t stray too far from the objective of general zoning when designing a home. If you consider the ways to zone an open-plan space to create dedicated areas that employ a sense of purpose, colour zoning effectively does the same thing – albeit, through the use of colour rather than furniture placement or flooring choice.
While partnered with TaskRabbit to help Brits ‘banish the beige’ in their homes, colour expert and interior designer Sophie Robinson revealed to us at Ideal Home that one of the most common themes she was seeing during her colour consultations was ‘wanting to understand how to zone a room using colour and which colours would be best suited to zone the space’.
‘So knowing what colour should the ceiling, walls, and windows should be,’ says Sophie.
Sophie is an undisputed colour queen and tour de force in the interior design industry with over 20 years of experience in all things interiors.
Following on from this, we asked Sophie for her top tips on colour zoning, to which she advised, ‘I always tend to try and start with this. How do you want the room to feel? Do you want the room to feel cosy, tranquil, and calming? Or, do you want to be really dramatic, striking, and uplifting? I don’t think people really think about that.’
She continues, ‘I think too often we default to, ‘Yeah, I just want it to be really calming,’ but that’s not right for every room in the room. So you’ve really got to think about the space, what you’re doing in it, and that can lead you to make the right colour choices.’
Now we know what colour zoning is and some foundation in it, how can we learn to put it into action in our own homes?
Speaking further on colour zoning, Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux says, ‘Using blocks of colour to define a space and how you might use it is so effective at making your home work harder but the best colour zoning benefits from a bit of thought, creativity and often bravery.’
Marianne is a decorating expert who is passionate about the power of colour to change lives. As well as her current role as Creative Director at Dulux, she is the founder of the Colour in Design Award, which encourages a new generation of colour-forward design talent.
‘Take a block of colour up onto the ceiling over a dining table and suddenly the area feels more defined and special,’ advises Marianne.
‘Add stripes or polka dots in places where you fancy a microdose of joy and layer harmonious colours together rather than simply painting blocks of colour onto white.’
Whether it’s deckchair stripes, HBO Succession-inspired moody florals, or even leopard print flooring (yes, really), if it makes you happy, then don’t be afraid to get stuck into it. Perhaps dipping into the bold side of colour zoning will spark the start of your own villain era.
Marianne concludes, ‘Look at the colours you already have in the room and extend your favourites onto the walls for a coordinated relaxed look. Most of all, decorating should be fun…so just have a bit of fun with it.’