- Paint is one of the most effective tools in interior design.
- 2021 colour trends have been largely influenced by the work-from-home lifestyle.
Sometimes all it takes is a layer of paint to make an old wall look new. Paint is one of the most effective tools in the art of interior design, and here are a few ways you can use it to unleash your creativity.
The colours of 2021
If you want to be on trend with your interior décor updates this year, you’ll be dreaming up rich browns, deep blues and chalky whites.
Colours that create a feeling of safety and calm are in high demand as more people are forced to work from home in stressful times.
1. Dark and moody
Bright colours may seem like the way to cheer people up during this stressful period, but dark colours contrasted with bright lights give a sense of presence and depth to a room.
2. Nature-inspired colours
With people stuck working from home, any type of interior decor that can help capture the freedom of the outdoors is going to be highly desirable. Green is the colour of choice in this case.
Blush is the new white in 2021, being a neutral colour that makes the room feel open and expansive.
4. Striped designs
Stripes can be effective when used in the right location, such as in this master bedroom design.
5. The hallway
First impressions are important, so choose colours that help your hallway have maximum impact. Such as the sophisticated blues used in the picture below.
6. Wall textures
Elaborate wall patterns bring diversity to your interior decor, while providing a myriad of aesthetically pleasing visual effects.
The golden wall paint texture below reflects light and illuminates the space.
While metallic designs such as the one below bring a modern feel to the room.
One-colour designs have been popular for a while but some creative minds have taken that a step further by matching their furniture to the wall.
Think of wooden chairs painted the same colour as the wall and positioned up against it to create a focal point in a room.
Bathroom interiors in one colour, from floor to ceiling, might be unusual but they make an incredible style statement.
Open shelving in a kitchen has a similar effect when painted the same colour as the wall, particularly if you choose crockery in the same shade too.
The same can effect can be created with bookshelves in a living room or bedroom.
If you have a mantelpiece boasting smaller decorative ornaments topped with an ornate mirror, painted the same colour as the wall, the uniformity will make the knick-knacks appear less cluttered.
In the bedroom, a headboard that matches the wall behind it could provide a striking finish with linen in a contrasting shade.
Jason Frank Rothenberg
Colours of your life
Look to the ocean for inspiration. You can offset a feature wall in terracotta, dusty rose, peach, blush or salmon with furnishings or accessories in blue and green. Colour creates an atmosphere so, if not living coral, think about what mood an alternative colour will create.
- Red is full of drama and represents love and passion.
- Green creates an instant connection to nature and represents balance and growth.
- Yellow is a happy shade, a great choice for a child’s room or a breakfast nook.
- Orange is energetic and conveys happiness and enthusiasm.
- Bright pink is boldly feminine.
- Blue is both calming and cooling, conveying a sense of peace and tranquillity.
- Lavender is graceful, elegant and even spiritual.
- Grey is the colour to choose if you want a sophisticated, mature treatment.
- Black is chic but has to be used carefully so as not to reduce the apparent size of the space or make it appear too dark.
Secure your bond, then work out what you can afford in home improvements. Simply begin with getting prequalified to establish what you can afford, based on your net monthly income and credit score, using ooba’s free, online prequalification tool, the ooba Bond Indicator.
Secure your home loan, then turn your home into an expression of your individuality. ooba Home Loans, South Africa’s largest home loan comparison service, offers a range of tools that can make the home buying process easier. Start with our Bond Calculator, then use the ooba Home Loans Bond Indicator to determine what you can afford. Finally, when you’re ready, you can apply for a home loan.
Can't find what you are looking for?
Ranked #1 in Banking on Hellopeter
Average rating of 4.86 from over 4 550 reviews
Simply The Best
Ooba home loans services are simply the best. My Consultant Bianca Dancer was so hands on and helpful from the get go. She guided me through the entire process and put me at ease being a first time buyer. I highly recommend their services.
Jay Govender and Maleshini Reddy from OOBA provided outstanding assistance and guidance in securing our home loan. Response times were excellent and they were professional and friendly.
Estelle Vorster was really helpful in securing the best deal for my home loan, she not only negotiated a lower interest rate she went as far as securing 50% discount on the transfer costs.