Add a splash of colour

Posted on: 18 October 2016 by 50connect editorial

Transform your home this autumn with budget ways to add a splash of colour to your interior, making those cosy nights in that little bit more special.

As the nights start to draw in and the weather starts to change, it invariably means that we will be spending more time inside out of the cold. This creates an ideal opportunity to update your interior design to something a bit different. However, this doesn’t have to break the bank – here are the winter interior trends that won’t leave you empty handed before Christmas.

autumn interior bedroom

Winter colours

Dark, moody colours combined with pops of colour in various shades of grey are a great way to provide a tranquil feel to a space, allowing for a perfect base to experiment with.

For a richer colour scheme midnight blues are a great choice, while adding bursts of bright pastel hues to create an array of eye-catching focal points within the room.

For those who are looking for a lighter colour scheme, natural tones are a popular choice. Chalky hues create a calming and relaxing environment especially when combined with organic and synthetic materials that mimic nature such as winter branches, fur rugs and tweed throws.

Money saving tip: Use an online paint calculator to work out exactly how much paint you have to buy leaving a little left over for touch ups. Store your paint in a cool dry place making sure to clean the paint from the sealing rim of the can to create an air tight seal and to prevent the paint from drying out.

Strategic pops of colour

Add strategic pops of colour in smaller quantities with the use of coloured accessories and furniture such as throws and cushions – they add the right amount of colour into a room without making it look gaudy. This also allows you to change the theme of the room more easily to reflect your mood, the season and your taste without having to get the paint rollers out.

Chunky knits are also great autumn addition. Items including chunky cushions, knitted stools and overthrows can transform your home and make it ready for winter. Add some spotlights to emphasise the effects.

Money saving tip: Making your own quilts is a great way of creating colourful artwork that also has a function; the whole family can get involved too, adding to it as the years go by to create a patchwork of family life.

Colourful living room

Refined upcycling

Upcycling has become a popular hobby over the past few years as people look to repurpose dated or tired furniture to fit into modern life. Paint manufacturers have been getting in on this trend too and now offer a wide range of furniture paint in a vast array of colours.

Re-upholstering furniture is also a cheap way to change the look and feel of a piece without breaking the bank; these can also be customised to add a bit of character and individual flair while creating an eye-catching focal point to any room.

Money saving tip: Local auctions and car boot sales are the best places to find a furniture bargain. Also look at buying your own fabric when having your furniture upholstered; this is usually cheaper than paying for the labour and fabric together from one source.

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