Although the Considered Home has a more minimalist approach, it’s definitely not bare! Instead, fabrics and colours are bold and luxurious, and light plays a vital role in introducing mood and atmosphere. Here are five ways to achieve the look for living in 2016 using colour and light:
1. Cue Nature
Everywhere around us, nature is a rich source of fascinating colour combinations. When you go outdoors, keep your eyes open for the ‘accidents’ that nature, man and time can throw your way. A pair of aged blue shutters opened against the rough stone walls of a cottage, a shoal of brightly coloured koi swimming in the inky waters of a pond or the subtle natural tones of sun-bleached wood can all trigger ideas for room schemes. The Considered Home is about looking at things with a fresh eye, and taking note of shades, shapes and textures.
2. Start with a blank canvas
The easiest way to start with a considered scheme is to choose a plain background for your room and to let the accessories and decorative items bring in the colour, form and pattern. This is a great decor strategy because it also makes changing the look of a room easy and budget friendly. Opting for a simple palette lets you display different furnishings and helps patterns really pop. If you’re colour shy, the good news is that you don’t have to commit to whole walls of bright colours. Instead, think bold exclamation marks of joyful colour balanced by plenty of balancing white.
3. Add tone and variation
A home that subscribes to the considered approach will be coloured with tones and variations. For example, wood comes in diverse shades, from the deep black of ebony to the yellow of pine, the red of cherry wood and the white, silvery quality of ash. Stone is the same: compare the solid grey granite to the pearly whiten of marble, or the yellow hues of sandstone. Grey, for instance, is a complex hue and undertones take on shades of pink, blue, lavender and green.
4. Let the sunshine in
Adjusting the amount of light that comes into a room will also change its mood and atmosphere. The best illumination is daylight, so take advantage of your natural light to emphasise and play up natural tones. And don’t discount secondary daylight. Borrowing light from another room by taking out a wall can make a big difference if your space doesn’t get direct sunlight.
5. Turn on the lights
When it comes to artificial lighting, rather than a single light fitting in the center of a room, the considered home uses a range of lighting options, which might include pendants, standing lamps, spotlights and LED lighting, to create different moods. In the considered home, the concept of matching your lighting to your mood is an immensely seductive one and lighting is less a fixture than a medium that can be manipulated like paint. Choose lights or lamps not for their shapes and looks but rather for their effect.
For more inspired ideas on how to create this essential look in your own home, don’t miss the Considered Home showcase at Decorex Cape Town, which takes place from 29 April to 2 May 2016 at the CTICC.
Read more about the considered home here:
The Considered Home: what is it exactly?
The Considered Home: make the most of materials & textures
The Considered Home: use cycles & change to keep decor fresh
The Considered Home: how to celebrate detail & display