Firstly, consider choosing colours that are bright, but not too bright. This means instead of choosing heavily-saturated, almost neon shades, choose a vibrant colour that has been toned down slightly. This can make all the difference in a room, as tones that have been muted by being lighter or darker can take away the intense edge of brights.
For example, choose a slightly faded yellow or blue tone, or a rose pink instead of a deep pink. This can mean you get the benefit of colour in your home, but not to the extent that it is “too much” for both the room and your senses.
If you are interested in bright upholstery fabric, try to avoid choosing too many different shades in one space, as this can definitely create an overwhelming “circus” feeling. Instead, pick out one or two complementary brights, and make sure the rest of your room is neutral in order to restore some balance.
Examples of neutrals that work well with brights include blacks, greys, whites, and even browns. Combinations that can be used to great effect include neutral browns and white with bright oranges or yellows, or vibrant blues and reds with black for a striking look.
Another good tip is to match the tones in your upholstery fabric with other objects dotted around your space. It is possible to create a harmonised and captivating space by hanging some art in your room that shares some of the bright colours of your three-piece suite. A green forest scene can complement a grass-green armchair, for example.
This also extends to other decorative objects around the room. Vases, lamps and candles in colours that reflect the shades of fabric you have chosen can, again, create a feeling of harmony in a space, whereas a hodgepodge of too many colours can result in a disjointed and erratic effect.
One other great way to make colour work in your room is by choosing a patterned upholstery fabric which blends a selection of complementary colours. This is great as it not only adds some brightness to your space, but can add an additional layer of texture and interest that can serve as a centrepiece to a room.
This is a good idea if you have a favourite piece of furniture that you want to bring attention to, or if you want to create a focal point which is not the television or the not-so-nice view out of the window! Bright patterns will draw the eye to themselves automatically, so use them in the places where you want to people to look.
Colourful, patterned upholstery fabric is also a good choice if the rest of your decor is quite plain. As with balancing different colours to make sure that a room is not too busy, balancing patterns is also necessary to avoid a room becoming overwhelming in its range of different styles.
If you have plain curtains, a plain floor, a mirror and a minimalist piece of artwork, adding patterns in your upholstery is a great way to add interest to your space. In all cases, take time to consider your colour choices carefully before making the leap to redecorate, in order to end up with a home that you love spending time in.