How to choose the right colour scheme for your home

Wondering what type of color palette you should choose for your home?
Are you having difficulties choosing with so many options on offer?

Here are some steps for choosing the colour scheme for your home.

Step 1: Understand colour

Start by working from a color wheel. There are primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.

The 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.

Step 2: Choose your 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The contrast scheme 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!
  4. Lastly, we have a complementary scheme where two opposing colors, such as blue and orange, are used together to create a dramatic, bold, and high energy color scheme.

Step 3: Select A Palette From The Feature or Largest Pattern In The Room

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.

Step 4: Begin With The Formal Areas Of The House

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.

Step 5: Vertically Decorate And 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 the outdoors. The outside world is typically darker under our feet (the earth), medium-valued when you look straight ahead (buildings / trees) and brighter into the sky.

Step 6: Examine The Colors From Your Clothes

Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear and think they look good in.
Similarly, why not decorate your rooms in colors you look favourably too and enjoy looking at.
If you don’t wear yellow, don’t get a yellow sofa!

Step 7: Use The 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!

Final Step: 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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