Written by Rebecca Hay Designs


Spring has almost arrived and it has me dreaming of long sunny days and colourful sundresses 🙂 It’s also the perfect time to add much-needed colour to your decor!



Most of us love a space that has just the right pops of colour, it’s energizing and happy. BUT, it can be intimidating to decorate with colour. Where do you start? How do you ensure you don’t “overdo” it? My motto: “Life is meant to be lived in technicolour, not in black and white”. Thank you Wizard of Oz 🙂


Here are my top 3 tips on how to decorate with colour:


1. Decide on the mood you want to convey

Colour is essential to creating the right mood. My goals are always to create spaces that are warm, unique and inviting. Colour allows me to do this every time. The psychology behind colour is a fascinating study. Before delving into designing any space, think about the mood you want to convey. Is it a cool relaxing space or a warm inviting space where dinner parties end in dance parties? You don’t need a degree in psychology to figure out which colours are right for you. Trust your gut and you will never go wrong but it’s important to be mindful of the mood and energy you are trying to evoke.



2. Follow the 60-30-10 rule

Finding the right balance of colour was also key in achieving a cohesive design. When decorating with colour it’s important to balance any bold colours with lots of neutrals. A little trick that I like to use is the 60-30-10 rule. When decorating a particular room, divide the colours into percentages: 60% of a dominant colour, 30% of a secondary colour, 10% of an accent colour and you will never go wrong. When the right balance is achieved the design feels harmonious and comfortable.



3. Use the law of repetition

The last key to decorating with colour is repetition. Repetition is key to creating a cohesive design. By repeating a colour multiple times in a space, it feels purposeful and cohesive. Ultimately by designing with colour you can create a space that is visually beautiful, intriguing, and sometimes surprising. 



BONUS VIDEO BELOW: I share with LIVABL_ (formerly BUZZ BUZZ home) how I incorporated colour into my own home decor.



Interior Photography by Mike Chajecki

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