Choosing The Right Colour Scheme For Your Home

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Wondering what type of color palette you should choose for your home? Here are some steps for choosing the right colour scheme for your home.

What's the right colour palette for your home?

Wondering what type of color palette you should choose for your home?
Having difficulties choosing from so many options on offer? Here is your guide for choosing the right colour scheme for your home.

UNDERSTANDING COLOURS

Start by working from paint colour swatches from your local hardware store. There are primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.

Primary Colors are red, blue, and yellow, all other colours are based on combinations or mixes of these 3 primary colours.

Secondary Colors are orange, green, and purple. These colors are formed when equal parts of 2 primary colors are combined. For example, equal parts yellow and blue make green.

Tertiary Colors are a mixture in varying parts of secondary and primary colors to create different hues. As a result, the primary and secondary colors become less vivid. White and black are often added to darken and soften these hues.

CHOOSING YOUR COLOUR SCHEME

Use the color wheel to help you create the color palette that best fits your personality and individual style.
Here are four kinds of possible color schemes:

Monochromatic: The monochromatic color scheme uses tone on tone of the same color with the addition of white or black to lighten or darken the color. For example, in this scheme, blue can become a pale sky blue or a dark midnight blue, and all three hues of the same shade are used to create this effect.
An alternative to this scheme is the selection of a main primary colour and the addition of white or black in untinted form to add contrast and feature of the primary colour.

Analogous: The Analogous scheme uses colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow will be used with green or orange, or blue will be used with green or purple. Depending on the tones chosen, this can create a colorful or even soothing palette.

Contrast: Is more dramatic. Here a triad of contrasting colors is used, such as yellow-orange, green-blue, and red-purple. This introduces more color and energy into your home’s palette but can become busy if not done thoughtfully and should be carefully considered!

Complementary:  Where two opposing colors, such as blue and orange, are used together to create a dramatic, bold, and high energy color scheme.

CHOOSE A FEATURE  OR PATTERN

If you have patterned upholstery, a vibrant rug, or a large artwork that you’d love to feature, chose colors or shades from the feature piece to tie together the room. Look to the whites and beiges of the design for a neutral wall paint color.

WHERE TO BEGIN?

Start with the living-room, the dining-room, and the entrance.
Once you’ve decided on a scheme for those areas, simplify the selection for other areas. For instance, take the red sofa, and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces like the office, or bedroom.

DESIGN FROM DARK TO LIGHT

A simple way to make any space look good without much risk of being too bold, is to use darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls and decor, and light values for the ceiling.

This also replicates outdoors. The outside world is typically darker under our feet, being the earth, whereas medium-tones when you look at eye level from homes, buildings and trees to looking up at a brighter sky.

WHAT YOUR WARDROBE TONE SAYS ABOUT YOU

Everyone has a dress code they like to style themselves in, from the design to the colour and style of a garment with added accessories to complete your look – it’s what makes us feel good and gives us confidence and comfort. So why not decorate your home in the same manner with your ideal colour palette, where you can enjoy it everyday.

THE GOLDEN RULE OF  60 : 30 : 10

Decorating experts suggest that when decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery), and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories).
This ratio ensures that the colors are properly balanced and there’s just enough pop for interest. It works every time!

SHOWCASE YOUR OWN STYLE

Decorate honestly, and in your own style! It’s your space, and you have to enjoy your surroundings. Others will appreciate it because it is you, even if they would never decorate their own house in the same way. If you want red, white, and blue, go for it. You can make any color look beautiful if it suits your individual style and personality!

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