Using Colour Mood Boards For Inspiration

There’s no end to the sources of inspiration when it comes to interior decor and design. Instagram and Pinterest are playgrounds for this kind of thing – there are endless designers, decorators, furniture makers, artists, architects, and design magazines who hunt down beautiful interiors from around the world.

But for colour palettes, we like to look beyond that and get a little creative.

Don’t limit yourself to what you see within four walls. We’ve been inspired by everything from colourful doors to peacocks to spring flowers to the dishes at a local cafe. Sometimes you find the most perfect shade of pink in the peony at the flower market or see the ocean and think that colour would look just right in your guest bedroom.

Doors in Paris, tiles in Morocco, high fashion heels, couture wedding cakes, even unusual gift wrapping, can all spark an idea that then leads to something beautiful.

One of the best ways to inspire ideas for your next room re-design is by putting together a colour mood board. Just gather the different images and colours that strike a chord with you and put them in one place so you can refer to it as you go along in the planning process. You might find that you’re particularly drawn to a certain tone as you look over all of the pieces you’ve gathered, or even discover an unexpectedly delightful colour combination!

And if you have a vague idea of what you want but aren’t quite sure how to shape it into something tangible that would translate well in your home and budget, consider hiring a professional interior designer/decorator. They can take the mood board you’ve created and elevate it to the next level with a variety of ideas, whether it’s noticing your preference for metals and suggesting copper penny tiles for the kitchen or seeing your love of moody blue tones and sourcing a beautiful velvet armchair in a perfect dark teal.

We’ve gathered some of our favourite colour inspirations and then some interiors to show how those colours have been worked in – take a peek!

Blue Inspiration

Blue Interiors

Green Inspiration

Green Interiors

Pink Inspiration

Pink Interiors

Metal Inspiration

Metal Interiors

Live in colour 🙂

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2017’s Interior Decor Trends That Everyone Can Embrace

We love mixing it up at Amber & Ellis. A little bit of new with the old, classic pieces combined with modern, minimalism offset by something bold and bright, and so on and so forth. That’s why we’re so excited about some of the interior decor trends for this year.

Here’s a quick breakdown: grassy greens, moody blues, soft pinks, metals, and lots of texture. These are all making their way into interiors, in big ways and small, and we’re feeling very inspired by it all!

By now you’ve probably caught wind that Pantone’s colour of the year is “greenery”—a brilliant, grassy green that is a refreshing change from last year’s more muted duo. If you’ve been on Pinterest looking for interior inspiration, you’ve undoubtedly seen more than a few boards dedicated to variations of this verdant colour.

There are so many ways you can incorporate this vibrant green into your home, whether you want to go big and bold with an eye-catching velvet sofa (which we’re seeing everywhere!) or take a literal approach by filling your shelves with leafy plants for a bright, organic feel. There are also accents that you can subtly slide into your decor, from coasters to cushions to soft throws. And while “greenery” is the official colour of the year, don’t be afraid to go lighter or darker and play with the various hues and shades to add a bit more depth to your interior.

 

Velvet Curve Chair
Velvet Curve Chair, available on amberandellis.com

 

Also trending are shades of blue, with navy at the top of the list. We love this moody colour when it’s used on walls and upholstery and encourage you to embrace it! It’s sophisticated, adds a lot of character, and can be particularly stunning for quiet spaces like bedrooms. If you’d rather not commit to painting your walls a rich navy blue, try working in an accent chair or tiling your kitchen backsplash in this colour. We’re also seeing lots of sofas upholstered in velvet and other luxurious fabrics to match the beauty of this deep blue tone.

 

Also trending are shades of blue, with navy at the top of the list. We love this moody colour when it’s used on walls and upholstery and encourage you to embrace it! It’s sophisticated, adds a lot of character, and can be particularly stunning for quiet spaces like bedrooms. If you’d rather not commit to painting your walls a rich navy blue, try working in an accent chair or tiling your kitchen backsplash in this colour. We’re also seeing lots of sofas upholstered in velvet and other luxurious fabrics to match the beauty of this deep blue tone.

 

Blue Jasper Sofa
Jasper Corner Sofa, available on amberandellis.com

 

If dark, bold colours aren’t your aesthetic, soft pinks are also having a moment. Shedding its “little girl” reputation, this colour has taken on a more grown-up vibe and plenty of interiors are being dressed up in blush, rose gold, and pastel pink. Walls painted in this colour add a softness that is a welcome relief from the standard stark white without creating too drastic of a change (for those who want a different look but don’t want to commit to a complete makeover). Also consider throw pillows, chairs, and even bed linens in a muted pink…the colour works beautifully when set against dark blues and grays.

 

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Crispin 4 Seater Sofa, available on amberandellis.com

 

Speaking of rose gold, we’re also seeing tons of metals being worked into interiors, from copper fixtures to brass accessories and even to gilded walls! Don’t be afraid of adding something shiny to your room—metal accents can completely pull a look together whilst adding the slightest bit of glitz and sophistication. Start small with something like a copper fruit bowl in your kitchen and add other items as you go along, like a vintage brass bar cart or a rose gold lighting fixture. We’re also loving the various wallpapers that set a metallic pattern against a muted background colour; it’s both chic and subtle and a gorgeous way to dress up a space.

Also, when putting together a look for your interior, don’t forget about texture. This isn’t limited to fabrics, although it’s certainly one of the easiest ways to add dimension to your space. Think about textures present in the finishes of walls and wallpapers (like the gilded ones mentioned above or an oversized print of an oil painting).

All of the interior decor trends for 2017 so far complement each other very well and there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate two or more of these into your home for a fresh new look.