If you wish to turn your house into your home, you’ll need to do what needs to be done to give everything more of a comfortable and homely feel. We all obviously want the interiors of our homes to look their absolute best, yet when it comes to picking a color palette, well, it’s safe to say that doing so, is far easier said than done. If only it was a case of choosing a color scheme that you liked and taking things from there. In actual fact, with a little knowhow, and with a little help from the right places, it can be that easy. Here we’ll be sharing a few tips to help you select the perfect color palette for the interior of your home.
Begin with the formal rooms
When choosing a color palette, begin with the more formal rooms of your home, such as your living room, your entry room, and your dining room. Once you have a color scheme in mind for these rooms, take dominant colors from these rooms, and use subtle shades and versions in other parts of the house. If you have a deep blue sofa in your living room for example, take this blue and go with a lighter blue to accent quieter rooms in your home.
Choose colors based upon large visible patterns
If you have a piece of art, or furniture, in your room, that is patterned, as opposed to being just plain, for that particular room, choose colors based upon the largest visible patterns you can see. If for example, you have a large stripy rug with cream and purple stripes, base the color scheme around these patterns. For neutral walls for example, take the neutral color from the patterned rug, which in this case, will be cream. You can then accessorize with different shades of purple for art work, cushions, and lamps etc.
See which rooms are visible to one another
If you have a fairly open plan home, you will almost certainly be able to see different parts of your home from the same location. Make note of which rooms are visible to one another, and use color schemes that tie into one another. As mentioned previously, you could use softer and more toned down shades in different rooms, so that everything still ties together, without standing out and without merging into one.
Four kinds of color schemes
– Monochromatic are varying shades or tone of the same hue.
– Analogous are colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel.
– Contrast is a triad of contrasting colors that are more colorful and energetic.
– Complementary are two opposing hues that create bold, dramatic and high energetic color combinations.
Go with a color wheel
For more relaxing and calming rooms, I.E bedrooms and bathrooms, go with a color wheel, as colors which are next to/close to one another on a color wheel, will create more relaxing and casual finishes. For example, green and blue are next to each other on the wheel, so they will work together beautifully in rooms where you wish to create a calming and relaxed atmosphere.
Don’t fear black
Black is generally a color that most interior designers shy away from, as black is obviously dark, and it is therefore believed that black colors will create dark and depressing interiors. If you were to paint your walls black, then obviously that would be the case, but if you use a touch of black here and there, you can create a stylish, modern, and vibrant interior. Black helps to clarify the primary color palette of the rest of the room, so a black vase or lampshade here and there will work an absolute treat. You may even wish to be bolder and go with black cabinets or tiles for your kitchen.
A few tips
You can start by contrasting something dark with something light. An addition of something bright will heighten color and provide energy in the room.
If you want lighter-colored walls, have bolder and brighter-colored accessories, furnishings and rugs.
If you opt for bolder colors, get hues with lines that are clear and concise. To create more subdued style, make your shades softer and more neutral.
Start with a favourite pattern then matches your colors. Use the maximum of four core colors and two patterns.
Make a scrap book to test color combinations or get samples from home design stores.
For ceiling to appear lower, paint it darker than the walls. For ceiling to appear higher, paint it lighter than the walls.
You are lucky if you have the natural talent in home decoration. For those who lack the ability, their best option is to talk to your interior designer on iDoo. He or She has the skill and technique to help choose the best color palette. Until then, get inspired on our Pinterest color board.
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