Colours have a strong influence on our thoughts, feelings, motivation, and even appetite, numerous studies have shown.
Choosing a colour palette combination for your home can be a challenge, but colour also can be a powerful tool for transforming a plain space into a sensational environment. In order not to make a mistake when choosing and combining colours, I bring you a mini-guide on what you should pay special attention to, in order to achieve the effect, you want.
1.Don’t pick your wall paint first
In the beginning, keep in mind the correct order. Resist the instinct to choose the colour of the walls first. Wall paint is relatively inexpensive and can be found in literally every possible colour, so the best solution would be to start choosing colours for your home with elements that are less customizable, such as furniture, tiles or wallpaper. Based on these colours, then choose the colour for the walls.
2. Take inspiration from all around you
Find inspiration for possible colour combinations by looking at what already surrounds you. What are your favourite colours? Look around your home and see if there is a colour pattern that you love already. An interior colour scheme can be inspired by anything, such as beautiful rug, a beautiful pattern; even nature itself can spark the imagination. The possibilities are endless. And lastly, take a peek in your closet. Do you tend to wear all neutrals or lots of colour? Narrow your inspiration down to 2-3 favourite colours from those sources.
3. Take advantage of Colour Wheel
A key to developing a good interior colour scheme from any source of inspiration is to pull out the single dominant colour and then support it with one or two colours from the scheme but in lesser amounts. Working to achieve the right ratio between the colours within the scheme is very important. So, using the colour wheel will help you choose write colour sheme for your home!
- Colours that are next to one another on the wheel are called analogous and create a harmonious, casual and relaxing atmosphere (perfect for a bedroom).
- Colours that are opposite of each other on the colour wheel are called complementary colours. They will create a dramatic, colourful colourful atmosphere in your home.
- If you want to do a monochromatic palette in your home, that is perfectly fine, too! Grab your favourite colour and use various tones of it around the house. This answers the question if you can use the same paint colour in the whole house. Absolutely! Just use different shades of it and it will look so good!
It’s also good to know that colours can be perceived as warm or as cool depending where they lie on the colour wheel. Yellow, red and orange region is considered as warm colour zone, and they will lend to a happy, fun and energetic vibe. They tend to exert themselves into the space, sometimes making rooms appear smaller than they are. Purple, blue and green area is considered to give a cool, calming, soothing and relaxing vibe. And they tend to give the feeling of more expanse, so the rooms will feel larger.
4. Analyze existing colours
Consider the current colours in your house. What do you like? What do you dislike? What cannot be changed? This could be flooring, counter-tops, etc. This is vital to consider as you choose the colours in your home colour scheme. You will have to work with these colours and tones if remodelling is not an option, so it is important to select colours that harmonize with these “permanent” ones.
5. Pick a Saturated Colour & a Harmonious Colour
Look over your inspirations, list of colours, and chosen mood or style. What colours re-occur? Do you tend to like cool palettes or warm? When choosing the colours for your home colour scheme it is important that the colours speak to you and reflect your style and tastes! Otherwise you’ll be tired of them quickly or find yourself straying from the palette.
It is time to pick your saturated colour. Most likely this is the colour that speaks to you the loudest. It’s the colour that keeps occurring in your inspirations and makes you feel happy. For most this tends to be a bold colour that is more intense. You want to use it in small but powerful doses. Think decorative accessories, accent walls, and fabrics.
Now pick a colour that harmonizes with this one. This colour could be a subdued version of the saturated colour like mine is or another colour from the scheme. If you chose a complementary scheme than this is the colour opposite the saturated colour. Your harmonious colour should be used on walls, decorative accessories, fabrics, and furniture.
5. Pick your Neutrals
The final step to choose the colours in your home colour scheme is to pick the neutrals that will work well with the saturated colour and harmonious colours you’ve selected. Think tans, grays, whites.
You must consider the temperature of the other colours – cool or warm. Your colour palette will work best if you pick one or two neutrals as well as a white. These colours form the backdrop to your saturated and harmonious colours. They should be used on permanent fixtures like walls, moulding, cabinets, furniture, flooring, and linens.
As always, you’ll want to try any and all colours on your walls before committing to them. Colours look different in every room depending on other colours, lighting, the direction of the room and more!
6. Pull it all together!
Once you’ve nailed down all of your colours, you’ll want to either create a collage with them or make one on a poster board. Like one I did with Canva for my clients bathroom design!
This helps you see the colours, textures and fabrics all together and gives you a visual when you’re picking things out. I highly recommend creating a small binder where you can see this colour palette printed out. You can also add any paint swatches that you use and fabric swatches to your binder and take it with you when you’re going to pick out decor or new fabrics.
How easy was that! With your colour palette selected you are ready to start implementing your home colour scheme.
Want some expert advice on your colour scheme and help in the selection process?
I offer coluor consultations as part of my onlie services! Please, feel free to contact me at any time and I will be glad to help! You can find more information on www.mdesign4you.co.uk