Painting your walls with the shade of the moment, for instance, rather than because it truly speaks to you and your overall vision, could mean you may have to end up with something you don’t entirely like.
Being open to ideas that may challenge your initial vision – including new trends – is great, but to ensure you end up with an interior that you (or your clients) truly love, it’s essential to make decisions based on elements that suit you and that you can actually see yourself living with.
At Ana Engelhorn Interior Design, a little trick I love to use to help decide on wall colours, for instance, is to paint two or three large
pieces of paper with the potential colours and stick them on different walls of the room. You can then see how the colours look in your room at different times of day and how you feel about it.
There are colour combinations you may never have imagined would look good together but when up on your wall, you find they do! Think about orange and green, or pink and brown … colours that are found in nature and go beautifully together but you might not have considered without seeing them in context.
If you are not keen on painting your walls with a more bold colour, think about adding colour in the finishes, such as throws, cushions or artwork.
My advice would be to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things, but ultimately, choose things and colours for your interior because you like them and believe they look good, not because someone else has told you they do.