Switching up the colour scheme of your apartment, home or man cave has to be the most impactful change you can make. It is also one of the most important.
Colour is often the first thing designers consider.
The thing is how the hell do you know what colours will work, if they will go together or if you’ll even like them?
To decide what colours you want you need to decide what you want from them. Do you want to match, do you want to be bold, do you want to create contrast or do you want the furniture and other pieces to make the statement?
1. Use the 50 / 150 Colour Scheme rule
To create a great colour match, choose a base colour then mix one 50% lighter and another 150% darker.
“That’s the failsafe method for striping a wall,” says Mary Douglas Drysdale, Washington DC based Interior Designer.
I believe this is true, but will work just as well for choosing your colours for your entire room. Not just for paint but for furniture and fittings too.
So if you are struggling to find a palette that will match, stick to this rule and you can’t go wrong.
2. Go all out with Dark Colours
Dark colours can seem daunting. We tend to think they are too a big commitment and second guess whether they’ll work out.
When you go dark you have to put all your fears aside and go big and bold! Less is not more with dark shades.
Tip: When using dark tones, ensure you have enough natural light so the space doesn’t look too small and closed off.
3. Create contrast Colour Scheme
In life it’s important to stand out form the ordinary, why not let that reflect in your home.
Contrasting can be tricky. We need to avoid the awful clash that can so often happen without care. We need to therefore choose our colours very carefully.
Tip: When contrasting stick to a limited number of colours, three at the most. One neutral, one dark and one vibrant.
4. Let feature pieces take centre stage.
When referring to colour we often think of just paint. There are actually many other considerations. Furniture, fittings, rugs, throws and other elements need to be considered.
If a multi-coloured rug, a vibrant painting or a signature piece of furniture is to take centre stage, the environment’s colour has to play to that and avoid clashing, at all cost!
Neutral tones and subdued colours are best to showcase standout pieces.
Repainting and adding colour can be a big job, it can also be costly. Don’t be rash. Test your colours together, on different walls and in areas and at different times of the day.
It’s best to be sure before you commit.
If you follow one of these four best practices for choosing your colour scheme and you can’t go wrong.
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