How to be more daring with colour

FOR too long, home decor has remained in the comfort zone where safe and sensible whites, creams and magnolias have been favoured, but at the new Vermont showhome at St Cuthbert’s Mews, we’ve demonstrated how just a hint of colour can achieve a striking and daring look.

Interior designer Louise Tucker-Kasonali is encouraging homebuyers to step out of the colour comfort zone and experiment with more daring tones in the home.

FOR too long, home decor has remained in the comfort zone where safe and sensible whites, creams and magnolias have been favoured, but at the new Vermont showhome at St Cuthbert’s Mews, we’ve demonstrated how just a hint of colour can achieve a striking and daring look.

When it comes to choosing a colour scheme for the home, we all love matching colourful paint palettes and testing out samples, but we rarely opt for a bold colour. At the newly-opened Vermont showhome at Yuill Homes’ new Middlesbrough development, we’ve used a mix of light and dark tones to reflect how each room will be used.

Upstairs, warm chocolate brown and burnt orange evokes relaxation, yet the same colour theme combined with white has been used downstairs to create a lively and energetic feel.

Using a white base, you can add colour without creating too much drama. We’ve introduced orange tones using accessories like opulent cushions, chic chandeliers and smart vases. In the master bedroom, a brown accent wall is complemented by a bold orange headboard and bedspread, while accents of orange and silver cushions, sheer curtains and chrome accessories are used to add a depth of colour and a luxurious feel to the bedroom. Featuring a spacious en suite with shower, built-in wardrobes and three windows which flood the room with natural light – this is the perfect retreat after a busy day.

A good-sized second bedroom, with its own en suite and storage space, is infused with accessories and black silk bed linen to complement its crisp white walls and oatmeal carpet. The ground floor of this home has a contemporary fitted kitchen, packed with stylish features and its layout is perfect for those who enjoy entertaining.

With black high gloss worktops contrasting with warm cherry flooring and matching units and a wrap-around breakfast bar, the kitchen suits today’s modern lifestyle.

Sleek cherry flooring leads from the chic open-plan kitchen directly through to the roomy living space, which is bathed in light from elegant French doors and window that lead out to the smart town garden.

Perfectly suited to those home movers looking to share, the Vermont is an ideal choice for first-time buyers, young professionals and downsizers. Its ground-floor open-plan living is ideal for entertaining while the two-bedroom, two-bathroom concept means house buyers could also have their own private space. St Cuthbert’s Mews, Middlesbrough, has something for everyone – from first-time buyers and professionals to families and those downsizing. The development provides easy access to the A19 and motorway network, while the high speed East Coast Main Line and Durham Tees Valley Airport are both close at hand. Prices currently start at just £129,950.

Louise Tucker-Kasonali is an interior designer for Yuill Homes. For details of St Cuthbert’s Mews, Middlesbrough, tel: (01642) 219183.

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