Very often I see houses in which every single wall is left white. When walls are white it can be because the owners love white and feel comfortable with it but more often it is because people don’t dare having something else !!
The problem with white walls
Many people view white as a reasonable choice, a no-mistake choice. Although white can’t be bad taste, every scientific research proves that white (with no other colour besides) has a very negative effect on us : in a white universe, we have less energy, we are less creative and we feel more often bored ! The problem is that the less colours we have around us, the more afraid we are of them !
A question I often have from my clients is : “won’t I be bored after a while with that colour?” The answer can be yes but only if that colour has not been chosen carefully. You can also get fed up of it if you only have one colour in your home ! Unfortunately one colour doesn’t offer a satisfactory balance. What we need to be comfortable is many colours ! The more colours we have around us, the happier we are !
So don’t be too wise ! When you dare colours, you let your personality express itself, you follow your emotions and desires. So now you are convinced in having colours in your homes, how to welcome them in ?
1- First solution to move away from white walls : wallpapers and wallcoverings
Although they are not very common in Iceland yet they make such a big difference when you want to decorate your walls ! They are such an amazing eye-catcher !! The best way to choose your wallpaper is to follow your instinct. A wallpaper is close to a piece of art, so no need to analyse deeply, just listen to your inner voice ! Then of course, you should make sure that the wallpaper will fit the space, the furniture, the lighting etc.
2-Second solution : paint the walls !!
I am not telling you to transform your house in a rainbow land !! You should choose colours you are comfortable with ! Naturally, we all know which colours we like and even more easily which colours we hate (and this is very important to dare saying it !).
So the first easy idea is to paint some walls in a daring colour, of course not all of them !! And it doesn’t need to be the whole wall the same : we can be creative and imagine shapes !
I can’t tell you what colour(s) you should go for. Colours are very personal : the answer for one person will not be the same as for his neighbour ! That’s why when we are working on interior design project, we take so much time to talk together, to be sure to give the best answer for you !
Here are some examples.
To help you being conscious of the colours you could be comfortable with, here is a classification which could help you :
- bright colours : I would recommend them in small quantities !
- pastel colours : as there is a lot of white in them, the colour is present but in a very gentle and soft way !
- powdery colours : they are very trendy and will help you creating a very cozy atmosphere.
- darkened colours : they are darker but bring a real depth to any space.
3- Third solution : dress your walls with lightings
A wonderful solution is to put some wall lightings and to play with them. They will create a very warm and cozy atmosphere and make your walls amazing !
4- And lots of other ideas !!!
There are many other ways to decorate your walls : play with them and add drawings, photos, mirrors (that have a big advantage to widen the space), shelves with objects on them etc. Let your imagination work !!
If you feel you need some help to dare decorating your walls, just come to the studio and we can start creating an atmosphere that will suit you ! I promise you I can bring colours in your life !!