The internet has made looking for home inspiration as easy as pie – you only have to have a quick scroll through Pinterest or Instagram to get your fill of interior design porn (and subsequent lofty plans for your own house).
But it turns out that, as far as home design goes, we might actually have been over-complicating things.
That’s according to Australian designer Shaynna Blaze, anyway, who shared her (very simple) design tips with Lifestyle Home this week.
Instead of undertaking huge renovations, Blaze says, you can easily change the mood and feel of your home simply by cleverly using paint.
‘One of the most important things to remember about colour is that warm colours advance (they feel like they are coming towards you) and cool colours recede (they move way from you),’ she said.
Remember this and you can easily change your interior without doing massive renovations.’
Cool blues and greens can make a bedroom or office feel calm and serene. (Image: Getty)
Want to make your spaces look bigger? Paint them with cool colours. Need a bigger space to feel more intimate? Use warm or darker shades.
‘Use warm (and darker) colours if you want to make a space feel more intimate, such as the lounge room, and then keep the kitchen and dining space cooler or lighter to help distinguish this separate area,’ she said.
As for your bedroom or office, Blaze suggests blue or green tones because of their ‘calming influence’.
If you’re a renter – or you can’t be bothered to repaint your walls – Blaze suggests using coloured accessories to get the same effect.
Coloured accessories can also make a big difference (Image: Getty)
‘Rather than go all out crazy with paint colour on the walls, you can keep your walls neutral and experiment more safely with colour when you focus on smaller items in a room such as accessories, cushions, side tables or lamps,’ she said.