So I bet you are in a situation where choosing the perfect color palette becomes a nightmare. Or maybe you are are looking for ways to spice things up a little bit more in your home. Either way, choosing the right colors may be tricky.
Interior designers have experience with creating spaces that are inviting for people and they know that choosing the right paint colors may change the space completely.
This process may be tricky and you may be wondering how on earth can you choose the perfect colors for your home and not regret it later?
Fortunately, you don’t have to become an experienced interior designer in order to Choose the perfect color scheme for your home. So let’s dive into it!
Start by analyzing the space
You should start by using a floor plan. It doesn’t have to be very detailed. Even a sketched-up version of it is good.
Observed how the spaces work with each other, how they communicate, how open they are and how much you can see from one room to another. This is a very important step to make every room work with others.
Also, keep in mind which is the most essential space and what do you want to emphasize with your color palette.
Use the color wheel
The color wheel was invented in 1666 by Isaac Newton and it is the concept that became the basis of color theory. Artists or designers use it in order to observe how the colors work with each other.
Firstly, we should know the types of colors and their combinations.
- primary colors: red, yellow and blue
- secondary colors: purple, orange, and green (these are the colors that are obtained by mixing the primary colors together)
- tertiary colors: red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet. These 6 colors were obtained by combining a secondary color with a primary color.
The color combinations you should know about are:
- Complementary. This combination provides high-contrast and is obtained with 2 colors that are on opposite sides of the wheel. In this combination, the 2 colors will look brighter together.
- Monochromatic. This combination includes the shades, the tones, and the tints of one base color. This is a more subtle combination, often used in the design.
- Analogous. Three colors that are side by side on the color wheel create a bolder combination and can sometimes become overwhelming for the eye.
Of course, there are other combinations of colors but those are bolder and more difficult to balance in interior design.
Use the 60/30/10 rule
This is a simple rule used by many designers in their projects. Basically, this concept is meant to give balance to space when choosing the colors.
How does it work?
60% should be your dominant color. This applies to walls, sofas, rugs (basically larger pieces).
30% represents the secondary color ( or texture) and it has the role of supporting the main color. This applies to draperies, chairs, etc.
10% is the accent color. This is where the fun begins. After you established your main colors, you could use pillows, accessories, decorations or artwork to give your room and color palette some exciting accents.
Observe the outside.
The colors that work well in nature may also work as colors for your paint.
Look at your surroundings and notice how the elements blend in with each other.
Look for spaces that inspire you and create your palette based on the landscape that you love.
Pay attention and notice even the subtle colors. Take a photo and get inspired!
Keep the service spaces neutral.
What do I mean by that? Remember when I said to keep in mind the floor plan and how the spaces are connected? Here is where you can apply what you analyzed.
If you are going for bolder colors on the most important spaces, give your eyes time to rest in-between spaces. The bolder colors offer a great impact on the eye so when transitioning to another space, keep it neutral in order to enjoy what the other space has to offer next.
Keep in mind the lighting of the space.
This is one of the most important aspects of choosing the right colors for your home. The light changes the colors constantly because it reflects or deflects color. In lower light, colors appear darker and if you increase the amount of light the intensity increases as well.
Also, keep in mind that yellow light intensifies warm colors, while cool light does the opposite.
This is, guys! Choosing the perfect palette is a tricky process but if you keep in mind these ideas it may help and make your work much easier. Become creative and have fun when choosing colors!
Also, we have a full article on how to transform your home into a minimalist space so make sure to check that out if you want to declutter and make a change in your life!