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The art of using colour … how to use colour to transform your home

August 8, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

There’s nothing like a pop of colour to add a touch of finesse to your home. Colour on the walls won’t cut it anymore, but a colourful piece of furniture will – try it, it’s simple! 

“Choosing colourful pieces of furniture is not as hard as it seems. It’s not just for the adventurous few, but also for the unadventurous, who want to liven up their space. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the outcome a shade of green, a splurge of yellow and a burst of blue can have on your home. Just ensure you choose your pieces wisely,” says Alon Sachs, co-founder of Mobelli Furniture and Living.   


In the décor and design world, the use of colour is essential to add personality and flair to a room, and here’s what most people don’t know – even just a small a dash of colour can enhance an indoor space dramatically. But before selecting your top furniture picks, first think about the setting you wish to create; then consider the size of your space and decide which pieces will work well in the area. Lastly, review which colours work in harmony with your wall colour – the latter is fundamental.  

Don’t be scared to take a risk, you might even find that a colourful piece of furniture can easily create a degree of balance that your indoor area has been crying out for.   


Sachs offers some advice on what to do and what-not-to-do when colouring-up your lounge: 

The dos: 

Keep large furniture items neutral.

Simply add a colourful statement chair, rug or scatter cushion to keep your space vibrant and up to date.

The don’ts:

Steer clear of colours that clash – for example,a combination of green and violet is abig no-no. 

Stick with a colour pallet and use harmonious shades that complementthe wall colour and other large neutral shades of furniture.


“Using colour well doesn’t mean you need to add a huge colourful sofa to your lounge, in fact, that’s probably the worst thing you can do. Keep the main pieces simple, yet elegant, but introduce a shade here or there to complement your existing pieces of furniture and you will be pleasantly surprised at the effect it has,” he says. 

Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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