Primary colours like red, blue and yellow are perennial interior design favourites, and of course some of our personal favourites too. When it comes to using colour in our homes it can be easy to get it wrong - too much of a good thing is sometimes not that great. But when it is done well, it can look amazing.
Here are some handy tips and interior design inspiration to help you incorporate your favourite colours in your home. You can use touches of primary colours mixed with black, white and neutrals; or you can go all out and use tone-on-tone primary colours to really make a statement.
1. Beautiful Blue
There are so many shades of blue that everyone will have a favourite tone. Blue has long been a favourite colour with interior designers too, since it can be soft or bright, dark or light and creates a soothing backdrop for our everyday, busy lives. The top tip for using blue as an interior design concept is to choose the right shade - strong blues like navy will create a darker, more masculine feel; while light and pastel blues will come off as more feminine and softer. If your blue has a lot of yellow it will edge towards the green end of the colour spectrum, and if it is too strong can be quite glaring to the eyes.
This Yishun Street apartment features lots of Aqua blue which has a strong green tone to it; this version is also just a bit ‘neon’ in its brightness, particularly when paired with black and white accents.
The Aqua shade continues into the kitchen where it is paired with white and black to make a bright statement.
Designed by: De Style Interior
In this executive apartment at Tampines, the Aqua blue colour has been done in a tone-on-tone style where various strengths of the shade have been used to complement each other. Even the flooring appears to have a very slight touch of Aqua blue.
The use of tone-on-tone Aqua blue continues throughout the apartment, even into the bedroom. Here the designers have added more white and neutral, natural shades to create a soothing and relaxing environment.
Designed by: IDID Pte Ltd
In this Upper Boon Keng apartment a series of different shades of blue have been used to add texture and depth to the space. A strong mid-blue with a denim tone has been used throughout the apartment - in the living room it is mixed with soft greys to balance it out.
2. Ravishing Red
Red is a very strong colour, that gives an impression of energy and passion, but which can sometimes be too overwhelming to live with. The trick for using red in your interior design is to use it more as an accent colour if you are looking to create a calming space. For a more intimate and warm environment that will give you energy, go for lots of red but in a darker tone that will give off the feel of a luxury hotel suite.
Rich red has been used in this Penaga apartment as an accent colour that is mixed with lots of white and touches of black. By restricting its use, the designers have created a space that is lively without being too overwhelming on the eyes and mind.
Red looks particularly good when used in an outdoor space like the one in this Penaga apartment. Mixing red with dark timber and the colours of nature creates a feeling of being on holiday in an exotic location.
Designed by: Neu Konceptz
The master bedroom of this Punggol apartment has used a darker shade of red with a touch of purple to create a moody and soothing space.
Moving from the entertainment area into the sleeping space, the tones of red become a mix of purple-red and pink-red to continue the deeper, intimate tones.
Designed by: The Design Practice
3. Punchy Pink
Pink is really part of the red spectrum, but these days it has become a whole concept in its own right. The popularity of Millennial Pink has now moved from Instagram into our homes. When using pink make sure it is not too light - unless you want your home to look like a makeup store. Stick to the mid-pastels, and more peachy or apricot shades of pink to ensure it remains elegant and stylish, not sugary.
This fabulous Luxe Au Pastel apartment combines the perfect, grown-up pink shade with a mix of grey, white and gold to create a glamorous and Insta-perfect interior design scheme.
The design team added a glorious velvet padded dining space to this apartment that mixes the pastel pink shade with a richer, redder-tone velvet to create an adult dining space.
Designed by: Mr Shopper Studio
If permanently painting everything pink is too much, try adding colour via changeable lighting like in this apartment. The bedroom of this Brownstone apartment is all-white, with interior lighting used to change the colour of the space.
Designed by: Thom Signature
4. Yummy Yellow
While yellow is a fun, sunny colour that can add zing to a room, it needs to be used carefully so that it doesn’t become too overwhelming. Strong sunflower yellow looks fantastic when shown against white or neutral tones. However, combining the same yellow shade with black could make you feel like you are living inside a bumble bee’s home. With darker colours stick to shades of gold, burnt orange, or rich umber to create a stylish colour combination.
In this AMK BLK 590 apartment, the designers have mixed lemon yellow with neutral tones to balance out the black details. The pale timber tunes in well with the more muted shade of yellow.
In the kitchen of the same apartment you can see how a slightly stronger shade of lemon yellow adds excitement to the space while not being too overwhelming thanks to the use of more pale timber to balance the black details.
Designed by: MMJ Design Loft
This Telok Blangah apartment is an ode to primary colours. In the dining and living area a strong primary yellow has been used as a feature, the dark timber furniture, built-ins and white flooring gives the space a very Mid-Century Modern, almost Mondrian feel.
All hail Lego! The same Telok Blangah apartment designed has the ultimate primary coloured kitchen. Using the strong yellow for the upper cabinets stops the space from being too dark; but really, doesn’t this kitchen look like it was made from Lego?
Designed by: MMJ Design Loft
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