Decorating with primary colours

Happy 2011 everybody!!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and merry time over the holidays with your loved ones. Here’s to a joyous and colourful year ahead!

As my first post of the year, I’m going back to basics and looking at the primary colours. Thinking of red, blue and yellow combined in a scheme might conjure up images of a child’s floor covered in toys or a crazy/loud/fun (pick your adjective) room like this –

Sure, primary colours pack quite a punch, but you can still use them in more relaxed settings. There are just a couple of tricks to remember:

  1. The pure primaries are very intense so either
    (a) use in a small concentrated dose such a piece of art, or
    (b) use more muted (easier to live with) derivations of these colours, e.g. reddy-brown, red-orange, turquoise, teal, yellow-orange, light ochre… Ok so they are no longer primary colours, they are secondary or tertiary or even several more dimensions away from the pure primaries but that’s ok, we’re still talking about shades of red, blue and yellow and besides, design is all about creative freedom. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Use lots of white and a bit of other neutral colours to balance out the strong colours.

Here is some red, blue and yellow loveliness!

The canvas is all the colour this room needs!


A pretty wild room! The lampshade totally sets the scene here.


Traditional elegance in bold colours!


Sofa in lovely teal, yellow wallpaper, red-orange scatter cushions = gorgeous!


Loving the soft blue velvet chair!


I adore this sweet little eating nook… it is inspirational how natural and effortless this red, blue and yellow combination looks!

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7



Filed under Blue, Design, Red, Yellow

3 responses to “Decorating with primary colours

  1. Debra J

    I must admit I have not considered red, yellow and blue in one setting but these are some really cool ideas! Thanks for the inspirations, I have bookmarked your blog!

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