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Brighten your home with the Big Brother UK house colours

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By EDGAR R. BATTE

Posted  Wednesday, July 2   2014 at  01:00

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If you are a fan of bright colours, but do not know how to use them in your house, you can borrow a leaf from this year’s Big Brother house UK.

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The new Big Brother UK House boasts of plenty of bright green and purple colours plus more openness, with nowhere to hide. The house looks more like a futuristic spacecraft than a comfy home.
This is a house you would want to lie in and enjoy some homely time. Not that you cannot achieve it. Two Ugandan structural and interior designers say these are ideas that can be replicated.
Blend colours
Comfort Asingwire who runs Summer Décor, explains that the Big Brother house UK interior uses a combination of lime green and purple painting and accessories in an innovative way.
If you were to choose such colours for your home, Asingwire says such bright colours add a punch to your house through creative blending of two or three harmonious colours that make your livingroom space look more attractive when placed together.
“The house reflects one of the principles of modern décor. Thus one needs to identify two colours, which when mixtured give the space a dramatic contrast and possibly a third colour which can be used as an accent colour,” she advises.

Less is better
Asingwire adds that you should consider the size of the interior you are working on as well as the amount of lighting available – both natural and artificial light. The type and colour of furniture one has; and most importantly one’s personal preferences, are also factors to consider.
“As you incorporate furniture into your modern colour block design, go for larger, fewer pieces instead of many small pieces that might cause a cluttered effect. The farther the eye can see into the room, the better. Remember that spaces feel airier with more natural light. So, position your furniture to maximise the amount of natural light entering your living spaces,” she advises.

Play with colours
Martin Kibirige, a structural designer, argues that adding colours makes an ordinary room dazzle in an instant.
“A splash of bright colours can give stunning results. So I encourage Ugandans to have the heart to be bold and let the designers gear up your interiors,” he adds.
Asingwire says any colour combination can be used. However, given our weather, dust and other considerations of our setting, earth colours or bright tones would work best.
“The general idea for home interior decor is to create a warm and peaceful sanctuary. So, I would advise warm or cool colours such as light blue,” she adds.

‘As you incorporate furniture into your modern colour block design, go for larger, fewer pieces instead of many small pieces that might cause a cluttered effect.’
Comfort Asingwire
interior designer

rbatte@ug.nationmedia.com