Tips on Choosing the Right Colour Scheme for Your Home (Part I)

May 8

Choosing a colour scheme for your home is extremely personal. It has the ability to completely transform any room. For most, it’s an important yet daunting part of decorating a home. From fabrics to paint colour and finishes, the colour scheme provides a profound effect on how your home looks and feels.

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This guide will hopefully help you understand the basics of colour and how it affects the interiors of your home.

Here are a few tips which will surely help you choose the perfect colour scheme for your space.

Choosing the colours

Begin by referring to a colour wheel. There are primary, secondary and tertiary colours present on it.

  • Primary are pure colours that cannot be created using other colours. Red, yellow and blue are the three primary colours.
  • Secondary colours are formed when 2 primary colours are mixed together in equal parts. For example, equal parts of blue and yellow make green. Green, purple and orange are secondary colours.
  • Tertiary colours are generally a mixture of different quantities of primary and secondary colours to create varying hues. This results in the primary and secondary colours becoming less prominent. Black and white are often added to soften and darken these hues.

Creating a colour scheme

Using a colour wheel can help you create a colour scheme of your own which best fits your style and personality. There are 4 possible kinds of colour schemes.

  • Analogous

This scheme uses colours that are visible right next to each other on the colour wheel. An example of this is using yellow with orange or green or blue being used with purple or green. This helps create a colourful and yet soothing palette.

  • Monochromatic

A monochromatic colour scheme tends to use tones of the same colour with an addition of black or white to darken or lighten the colour. For example, when using blue in this scheme, it can become dark midnight blue, or a pale sky blue and all of the three hues of the shade are used to create the best effect possible.

  • Complimentary

The complementary colour scheme is when two opposing colours, such as orange and blue, are used together and creates a bold, high energy and dramatic colour scheme.

  • Contrast

This colour scheme is the most dramatic of all the colour schemes. A triad of contrasting colours is used, such as red-purple, green-blue and yellow-orange. It helps create a colourful yet soothing palette.

Creating your personalized colour scheme

It’s best not to choose the colours you want on your walls first. Purchasing wall paint is generally inexpensive and it can be created in any hue or colour that you desire. You should begin with items which are harder to find, such as carpets, rugs or furniture. Once you’ve picked out the furnishings, you can move on to the wall colour. You can also decide to have colour in on the furniture and accessories, but not on the walls. Some people may prefer this whereas others may prefer powerful and bold walls contrasted with neutral furnishings.

Selecting a colour scheme should be an enjoyable task and it isn’t something that should stress you out. Read Part II of our blog post to see more tips to consider the right colour scheme while decorating your home.