Designer Sarah Ward's expert advice on adding color to a country interior

1. Start With The Bare Bones

When it comes to country decorating ideas, first look at the natural light, ceiling height, room function, and access. Then decide on the best furniture layout options, ceiling arrangement – such as ceiling paneling ideas – and whether feature or discreet lighting should be used. After that, you can think about a scheme starting with floors, the main accent fabrics, decorating with art and accessories – then layer it up! After all, layering is an essential part of decorating with neutrals.

2. Be Brave With Your Interiors

No matter the space you are decorating, always go with your gut and be brave with scale, pattern, and color. Decorating with mirrors will help to create a greater sense of space, while decorative lights and art add a fantastic dynamic.

3. Choose The Right Accent Color

The choice of color will depend on your preference and intended use for the space, the wider local environment, the age of the property, and whether you need to increase natural light. For a recent project, we set deep olive green against warm woods to subtly reference a nearby river – bringing echoes of the natural world into the interior design. We then layered this by adding accents of more vibrant greens to add brightness and opulence to the space.

4. Design Your Interiors Around The Accent Color

When bringing bold colors into a muted scheme, your approach will differ depending on whether the color is presented as a ‘pattern’ or as a ‘solid’. If the accent colors are solid, then assess the spectrum and choose the neutrals accordingly. You can use the color wheel to help you define complementary colors.

5. Balance Is Key

Ensuring balance in your interior design can be quite hard to achieve, especially if only one item has the accent color. However, this is easily fixed by layering. For example, if a bold shade is seen within a cushion or accent wall idea, then that tone should reappear in another format such as on an accent chair, lampshade, artwork, or rug trim. This will avoid your space from looking too ‘dotted’ and disorganized.

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