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4 colour schemes to reinvent your home in 2016

It’s a new year, so why not treat your living space to a makeover? Whether it’s just one or two rooms or a complete overhaul, make sure you’re clued up on the upcoming trends for 2016.

Even if you’re not thinking of redecorating in the next few months, keeping up to date with what’s hot in 2016 will give you an idea of the accessories you can expect in shops during the year. Depending on the current colour schemes in your house you might be able to inject a fresh new look by simply taking advantage of this years’ in-season accessories.

With that in mind, here are 4 key colour trends for 2016:

  1. Bright, bold colours

To take advantage of this trend you’ll need to jump in with both feet and really go for it. It’s all about mixing striking colours with a plain backdrop. Jewel tones of emerald and sapphire add a stunning burst of colour, but to really complete the look canary yellow and magenta should be added too.

The backdrop colour is subjective. If you’re working with a smaller, darker room then you can brighten your space up with a white or cream surround. Plain white or cream walls are ideal for those who are more indecisive about their interior design because they allow for a room to be transformed using only accessories. Larger rooms can use a black or grey background to make your bright colours really stand out.

   2. Monochrome

This is a great colour scheme for modern houses, or for those who fancy a challenge at balancing hues of black and white to create an inviting interior.

When combined, black and white tones create a striking interior design choice, but the end result is often cold and uninviting. The aim is to use hues on either end of the spectrum to create a colour scheme with the opposite effect.

In smaller rooms, warm cream walls can make the space seem larger. Fill your space with a mixture of black and white furniture, and add some brown and cream pieces too to bring out the warmth from your walls. However, make sure you stick to clean lines of the monochrome look to keep the modern feel.

Finally, inject a final touch of warmth with a dash of orange and red hues with carefully selected accessories.

  3. Pastels

Pastel colours have been popular for some time now, but this year Pantone have named two pastels as the 2016 Colour of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Much like the colours used to create the bright, bold colour scheme, a mixture of pastel colours can work wonders in your living space. You can chose to mix greens and browns with reds and yellows to offer a vibrant colour palate or simply combine natural pastels with a cream backdrop to create a calming living space.

Metallic finishes on certain smaller accessories like vases can add a fantastic finishing touch to any pastel colour scheme.

  4. Simply White

This colour scheme is a variation on the monochrome scheme. The aim is to create a crisp, clean space that’s as elegant as it is modern.

Start with entirely white or pale cream walls and add minimalistic furniture to complete the look. Strip back your floors to wooden floorboards and decorate with luxurious rugs to create a cloud-like environment.

Adding just a few picture frames, wooden chairs or vases can create a dramatic effect in any colour you choose.

  5. Speak to the DesignerSofas4U experts

If you’d like any help with decorating your living space you can talk to the experts at Desig­ner­Sof­as4U. Our team knows what works and what doesn’t, so fill out our contact form or call 01254 268590 to get in touch.