Picking a color palette is never easy. The whole process, from gathering inspiration to actually selecting colors, can be challenging. It’s also a critical part of home design as certain colors can make you feel a certain way. Fret not. We’ve listed some tips and ideas to point you in the right direction.
Always Consider Color Families
The key here is to use different hues within each of the two complementary color families. Say you’re working with blue and orange, then you can mix cobalt, navy, and even turquoise with corals and tangerines. This will give you a beautiful pop of complementing colors in the room. You can also use a color wheel because colors next to each other usually work well. They’re perfect for private and informal spaces because of its casual and relaxing vibe. For example: blue and green.
Apply the Same Palette to Other Rooms
This will help you have a cohesive theme throughout your home but it doesn’t mean you have to repeat it in the same way. If you have one wall of your living room that’s in blue, then you can bring the same color to your dining area through blue chairs or blue carpet. It can also be through different pop of colors (like upholstery and other accessories) so you can easily change them depending on the season.
Use the 60-30-10 Rule
The 60-30-10 rule means that you have to divide the colors: 60 percent of dominant color which are the walls, 30 percent of secondary color which includes the upholstery, and 10 percent of accent color which you can introduce through accessories. This will help you make sure that there are balance and enough pop of colors to add a style statement. This is also similar to the “rule of three colors” which means limiting your palette to only three colors—one primary color and two other complementary colors.
Create a Warm and Cool Contrast
Warm colors basically make you think of warm things so this will include yellow, orange, and red. Cool colors, on the other hand, will remind you of water, snow, and the sky. When done right, pairing the two will give just the right amount of creative tension for a calming effect. Take for example these bedrooms with cool gray and warm honey-colored hues and yellow.
Don’t Be Afraid to Showcase Your Unique Style
The thing about decorating according to your personal style is that people really appreciate it—mainly because they know it’s the real you. There are some guidelines on how to achieve a good color palette but if you really like a certain color combination, just go for it. If you want to strike the right color balance but you’re hesitant to experiment, get help from a design expert to create your own color scheme that’ll work.
Choosing the right color scheme for your home can make all the difference. Send us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to assist you with your concerns.