Colour is big news this season: think of the warm welcome we’ve given jewel tones like emerald (or any other shade of green), golden yellows and violet. The challenge is that using bold colours in your home needs a little care, or they run the risk of becoming overwhelming. Here’s how to do colour right.

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Think about your space. Before you choose a palette, consider the size and scope of the room you’re working with, as well as the statement you want to make and how you plan to reflect your personality through your choice of furniture and décor. Not sure where to start? Look at your wardrobe for inspiration: you’re bound to find that certain shades make a more frequent appearance than others. These are the colours you should concentrate on.

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Know when to be neutral. Although you may want to go all out with colour, remember that the strong shade you love right now might not evoke the same positive emotions in years to come. Instead of redoing your home every few months, use colour as an accent only. “It’s best to keep your larger items, like couches, a neutral shade, and add in pops of colour with scatters, statement chairs or rugs,” advises Alon Sachs, co-founder of Mobelli Furniture + Living. He also says it’s best to stick to a single colour palette: if you wish to bring in different colours, make sure they are in harmony with each other. Clashing is a no-no. Check the colour wheel if you’re not sure which shades are complementary.

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Make sure that no single colour dominates, says Zane Pretorius of Block & Chisel. The best way to do this, he adds, is by balancing your hero tone (usually a bright) with neutrals.

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Use colour to play with the dimension of your room. For instance, Pretorius points out that painting the wall furthest from the entrance to a room in a darker colour creates a perspective of distance.

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