Whatever your decorative inclination, colour can inspire a look and feel that suits both the room’s dimensions and your tastes. Colour allows you to create a welcoming and engaging home that’s an extension of your personal style. To begin, choose a base colour and no more than two accents tones for your design. It’s almost always best to avoid too many colours and to go easy with stronger tones. Opt for lighter, neutral colours for larger expanses in the room and save pops of colour for accents. As a general guide your dominant colour should take up about 60 per cent of the room appearing on large surfaces such as walls, worktops and units. About 30 per cent of the room should compromise the secondary colour–think flooring or finishes such as door frames–while the final colour will make up 10 per cent of your palette. Avoid using a colour only once. Repetition is necessary to tie the space together. Balance is key. For large, open-plan spaces, it’s often wise to use white as the base colour and then add pockets of colour to that. Think textured neutrals, whites, greys, silvers and stainless steel. Rev things up with bursts of colour in accessories, vases and light shades as focal points. For a quick and easy colour pick me-up, inject a splash of pure bright colour. Use these intense colours as accents to add drama. Distribute the colour around the room so it’s not limited to one area.