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

May 8

Changing the colour scheme of your home can be difficult and you obviously don’t want to end up re-decorating anytime soon. In our previous blog post, we discussed some basics of choosing a colour scheme for your home.

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Read on to find out about some more tips.

Colour tones

You can test your paint preferences with fabrics and paint swatches. It’s best to plan out the rooms and sketching in the colours of the respective walls. If you see the colours working together on paper, you should try painting small areas on the walls to see if they look equally good. Purchase the colours in sample sized containers, particularly for this purpose. Also, when you are painting the sample areas you should look at the other rooms too and see if they connect or not. This will help you create a flow and also allows you to see if the colours go together or not. An adjoining room may require a neutral or non-accent colour. Contrasting hues can be used as long as there is a resemblance in the flow.

Things you should consider

When you are choosing the colour tone of your room, it is best to begin with contrasts. Try pairing something light with something dark. If, however, you want to infuse more energy and colour in a particular room, consider adding something that is bright. Ask yourself where you want to see the colours and everything will fall in to place. Additionally, if you are more comfortable with pale shades, look to your rugs, accessories and furniture for added colour. When you are picking out the colours, particularly the bolder ones check that they are crisp and have clean lines. But, if you are someone who has a subtler style, consider soft neutral shades.

Pay attention to the lighting

The lighting should not be overlooked as it is an important aspect of a home and the decor. It deflects and reflects the colours that you’re using and changes it throughout the day. The appearance of any colour differs with season and the time of the day. The daylight helps show the colour’s truest shades. Different lighting helps alter the appearance of the room along with the colour schemes being incorporated. For example, indigo can seem slightly blue in a particular room and at the same time appear redder in another part of the house.

Be committed to the project

You may love the idea of introducing different colours in your home, but you might not be prepared to add them to the walls. However, it is possible to add various splashes of colour to your home. Using neutral colours such as pale ivories, whites, greys, sands and beiges and adding some colour using lamps, artwork pillows rugs, throws and even fresh fruit. Also, consider painting an accent wall or your ceiling.

Where should you begin with the colour

You could start at a front hall entryway or a central room. Begin with the colours that suits you best. Take the colour and add darker or lighter shades. Pick any colour and one particular shade for the living room and another for the dining room. Next, choose a neutral colour which can be added to both the rooms particularly for trim or ceiling or both. Most interior designers suggest painting landings, connecting spaces and hallways in neutral shades.

Remember not to rush into anything. You can bring home as many swatches of samples as you require and place it all over your home. Although there are guidelines that must be followed, it is not necessary to follow them to the letter. You can always personalise your space according to your personality and preferences.