Zone vertically. This little nursery nook is soothing and restful yet packed with interest and detail, thanks in part to the desiger’s clever use of paint colors. Stepping the colors from dark to light gives a cocooning feeling at the lower level that opens up as your eye travels toward the ceiling. Taking the first color to the lower shelf provides a large wash of the main color behind the crib. Each shelf then acts as a natural point to introduce the next color. The strip of bright yellow along the edge of the top shelf also provides a streak of sunshine that continues around the room, adding a slim band of powerful color to the otherwise restful scheme.
Divide an open room. How can you separate the different areas in an open-plan space? With directional wall paint! This simple diagonal line divides a calm and restful blue around the bed from a crisp white that demarcates the wardrobe area. If you have an open-plan space that you’d like to carve up into zones, try marking out two or three main areas and then paint each one a color that matches the mood you want to create in the space, be it restful, energizing or playful.
inky blues. If painting a whole room in one of these shades seems overwhelming then simply accessorise instead with vases and flowers. Pick different shapes in a mixture of styles, so some coloured glass and others embossed stoneware, like these seen here. Vary the heights and widths to create an interesting display.
An uplifting tone that sits between turquoise and blue, teal is the perfect shade to use to give a room a brighter aspect. It works particularly well when combined with fresh white and looks fantastic with pale blonde wood, as can be seen here. The simple lines of the furniture give a modern feel whilst the teal rug adds a decorative touch and links to the wall colour. Accessorise with soft greys and turquoise glass.