The colours that I have used in houses during my time of home ownership have really changed. Partly due to the influences of people that I have lived with, budgets and ease of decorating. When I lived with my parents they regularly changed the colours in their home keeping up with trends and their taste. When they moved in the 1970’s colours meant that every room had brightly patterned wallpaper in colours such as orange and purple. My parents slowly decorated each room, firstly replacing the paper with woodchip paper and painting the room’s different colours. I remember my bedroom being yellow and blue at one time and the sitting room being green and pink. There was a lot of green as that is my dad’s favourite colour. When I bought my first home I was living with my sister and we decided together on colours for our downstairs rooms. We painted the sitting room in various colours with a wall of purple, one of orange and one of yellow, with a gold fireplace and purple carpets and orange sofas. I thought it looked cool at the time as I did the blue kitchen with white cabinets and silver ceiling.
However, once I moved in with my husband he had rather more conservative taste and the house was very dark we needed pale colours. We started off repainting the orange office a calming green. Then the stairs from yellow and brown to cream but I did brighten up the kitchen by painting the walls Mediterranean sky blue which contrasted with the white cabinets. We then left decorating for a long time until we had children and they ripped the painted lining paper off the sitting room wasll so we changed the terracotta sitting room to cream. We had major work done on the house and repainted the whole thing, but for ease and good light painted the whole house the same colour with cream walls and white ceilings and woodwork. We liked the warm cream colour due to the fact that everything seemed brighter and it looked clean and uncluttered. Therefore we kept the house this colour. We even had the same carpet throughout as it was on special offer which is a beige colour as that seems to match everything and does not show up the dirt too much. It was also a bright change from the dirty grey one that we had before.
In order to add colour to the rooms we picked some bright furnishings. In the sitting room this was in the form of terracotta and gold curtains, which blended in the yellow sofa which we have had a long time. In the kitchen the black worktops contract with the wood cupboards and blue tablecloth. In the bedrooms the children have brightly coloured bedding and pictures to brighten up their rooms. We have purple Julian Charles pillows and bedding and curtains which really brighten up the room. I may find that I want to add some more colour, but at the moment like the simple walls as we seem to have so much clutter in each room that it provides a calming and clean backdrop.