Everyone has been trying to spruce their homes out through the pandemic and for good reason. When you are staying indoors all the time, you want to be able to be trapped at a place where you love. Many didn’t get the opportunity during this period so many are turning to the paintbrush and getting the house spruced up before Christmas. In this article, we will go through some helpful tips on how to find the right colour scheme for your interior.
Luckily, interior design is suggestive, meaning that no one colour scheme is technically wrong as it all depends on how it feels for you. If you are happy, then that is absolutely fine. The first helpful tip is to not give in to temptation and pick the paint colour first. No, paint can be matched with anything so it is best to choose the less flexible items for colour first. This includes furniture, fabrics, tiles and wallpaper. Once you have chosen those more difficult items, then you can start to think of paint colours to match or contrast. Here are some tips on how to make your search easier.
This is a great tip as it will resonate with everyone, no matter what your taste is. To create a great colour scheme you can take inspiration from something like an image or an item that you love or cherish. This usually works fantastic with a piece of art as you can select the colours that you love from it. Other things can include an area rug, a photo, a patterned fabric or even take colours from your garden. To get the colours, pull the specific colours that you love and then apply these to your interior design. Keep everything balanced by looking at the quantity of each colour in the item or image so it isn’t overpowering.
When choosing your colour scheme it is key to notice the different hues of colour and the value of colour. This sounds like jargon but all this means is to take notice of the lightness or darkness of a hue. A mix of values can really change the feel of a room so it is important to have a mixture of hues as this will stop it from looking too overpowering. Aim to pick one light colour, one bright colour and one dark colour in each room. It is completely up to you on which colour acts as your dominant hue but remember, too much dark will make the room look small and will absorb all of the light. If you go for a light colour, the light will reflect off it making the room look lighter and brighter.
If you are your colour scheme then it might be a good idea to plan it out before you commit. If you can draw a plan of your home, and have a bullet list of what is going on in each room like wall colours, flooring and furniture. It makes it much easier to start planning. You can also get some colour swatches to represent each colour of your scheme.
Really look at the room and criticise everything and write down all the good points of a room and also the bad ones. Once you have done this, you can then pick one of the positive factors of a room and make it the focal point. It is also key to understand how a room should flow to the next without it feeling chaotic. You can do this by using one colour throughout the house but in different hues so it ties the whole home together.
Just like we mentioned previously, light can affect the appearance of a room dramatically. Colour is quite literally a reflection of light, so the type of light and the amount of light can have a considerable impact on the scheme itself. It is worth purchasing your light fixtures etc first so that you can determine how the rest of the items and colours will look when you use them. This way it stops you from finishing and then realising that the colour doesn’t look the same as the picture.
When you are testing the colours and the lighting, spend some time in each room at different points of the day. This way you can start to understand the types of colours that work best in space due to how dark or light it gets throughout the day. As we discussed, a white wall will absorb the colours of the room and reflect such as your carpeting, wall art prints, furnishing and anything else with colour.