Guest Blog Post: Say Hello Colour

Thanks so much to you – our loyal customers and readers – for getting on board and embracing our revamped blog this year. We love being able to offer you articles that inspire you and bring joy into your day. Throughout the year, you’ll also hear from several guest bloggers, who will bring their specialist expertise and knowledge to the blog. Yay!  

This week, we’re just a little bit excited to have Rachel Rimmer, founder of colour design studio Hello Colour, as our first guest blogger. Enjoy her simple, yet effective, tips and tricks about how to introduce some colour into your babe’s bedroom. Let us know what you think in the comments below! x

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We’re ever so fond of colour and feel pretty lucky that we get to spend our work life introducing folks to fun and fabulous colours for their homes. And a place you can have *so* much fun with colour? Your child’s room!

We thought it might be fun to share some of our favourite ways to add a happy hue or two at your place. Before we get started, let’s have a little chat about why colour is so important for small folks.

Firstly, colour plays a central role in your child’s development. Learning to distinguish colours helps children understand and organise the world around them. Colour is a key category when working out if objects are the same or different. Later still, colour becomes a way of expressing their personality.

When it comes to bedrooms, colour helps give children a sense of ownership over their space. They’ll just *love* being in a space which has a different feel to the rest of the house. And the most important reason of all, is that colour makes you (and your kids) feel good!

So, you’re on board? Brilliant. Let’s get colourful!

WHICH HUE FOR YOU?

In the colour psychology world, colours have meanings and an effect on mood and behaviour. Want to create a restful, relaxing space? Head for greens and blues. Reflecting the colours in nature, greens and blues create an environment where we feel calm and centred.

Planning to warm things up a little? Vibrant colours like red, orange and yellow are stimulating. These colours add zing and create a warm, energetic atmosphere. And just a pop is enough to liven things up.

PLAYING WITH PAINT

The simplest way to add a splash of colour is to break out the brushes. Paint is an inexpensive way to transform a space.

  1. Create an adorable entrance.

We’re ever so fond of a fancy front door. This idea works well for children’s rooms too. Instead of painting the outside of the door, pop a gorgeous colour on the inside. Then small folks get to enjoy their fave colour in all its glory.  

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  1. Have fun with feature walls

If you’re umming and ahhing about adding colour to every wall, why not try a fun feature wall? Feature walls are super simple. Single colour + one wall = boom! An amazing artwork or a simple name plaque is the perfect finishing touch.

 

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Arlo & Co Script Name Plaque
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  1. Go graphic

Feeling brave? Make a work of art by creating a gorgeous graphic wall or mural. The design can be as complex or as simple as you desire. A graphic wall will create a strong focal point in your room. So, if you’ve used lots of colour, keep other elements in the room fairly subtle.

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PAINT FREE FOR ME

We’ve talked a little about how to add some amazing colour to your walls. But if you’re renting or perhaps suffering a case of paint phobia, here are some super paint-free ideas for you to try.

  1. Decals

Dabbling in wall decals is another fab way to add a pop of personality to a space. The best part is, you can remove them in a flash. Create a new feel for a space quick sticks. We love these stunning watercolour butterfly decals … gorgeous! Or this new fox wall decal = looooooove!

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Arlo & Co Butterfly Wall Decal Set of 6
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NEW Fox Wall Decal by Arlo & Co
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Llama Wall Decal Set by Arlo & Co

 

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NEW Photo Wall Decals – Eeep!  – coming soon to Arlo & Co
  1. Wake up your walls with …

Washi tape! With what? Washi tape is a type of decorative masking tape from Japan. It takes your gift wrapping game up a notch but is also a fun way to add some wow, especially if you are on a budget. Washi tape is low stick and removes easily. There’s a rainbow of colour options available. The kids can get involved too. With stripes, shapes, cityscapes, underwater wonderland…the world is their oyster.

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  1. Move over Monet

Ever noticed how much kids love seeing their own artwork? If you’ve got a budding Basquiat at your place, including a gallery wall is a super way to add colour to their space. You can frame your faves or use this personalised art wall to show off your child’s finest works.   

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Art Gallery Hanger – Arlo & Co

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So, you see, adding colour isn’t so scary after all. 🙂

Imagine all the fun you’re going have creating a colourful space for (and with!) your little ones. We can’t to see what you come up with.

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Our guest blogger, Rachel Rimmer, is the founder of colour design studio, Hello Colour. Rachel spent over 10 years creating colourful window displays and radiant retail spaces for some of Australia’s leading retail groups. As a qualified Colour Designer, Rachel now creates custom colour schemes, inspiring interiors and exciting exterior spaces. Rachel believes how a colour makes you feel is equally as important as how it looks in your space. 

You can find her here: Instagram: @sayhellocolour | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hellocolour/ | Website: https://www.hellocolour.com.au

Header image credit: @tonoandco on Instagram

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