Making a decision for your interior colour scheme can feel daunting. If you coordinate your home too much it can feel a bit cold and plain, if you don’t coordinate enough it can feel overwhelming and distasteful. In reality, there is no right or wrong answer, but this blog post will help you to try and find what is right for you.
For an interior that looks professionally done and complements both you and your home, you want your colour scheme to be coherent. Every room doesn’t have to be the same, but you want to create consistency and a natural flow.
Follow the six steps below to help you build a complementary, yet personal, colour scheme.
Step 1: Find Your Colour Inspiration
Creating a moodboard or inspiration board can help you find the most appropriate direction to go in. Everyone has different opinions on how they want their home to look. A board of all your ideas of interiors, furniture, colours and accessories can help you to decide what is for you. You can find inspiration online, in magazines, in fashion, art work or in nature.
Step 2: Analyse Your Moodboard For Your Interior Colour Scheme
Take a deep look at what images or pieces have inspired you. What has drawn you to them? How do you want this to inspire your interior? By analysing your moodboard this can create a better understanding of what you like and what you want to recreate. Are there one or two colours that keep reappearing? Being able to understand your emotional connection to a certain colour can help you decide whether it is right for you to use in your home.
Colours have different feelings for different people. But being able to understand colours can help you make the right decisions. For example, the colour black can represent a somber and overpowering colour with its depth of darkness, others may enjoy the powerful and dramatic feeling the colour can portray.
These colours usually include a red, orange or yellow undertone. Bolder warm colours normally bring energy to a space so aren’t recommended to use in large quantities in rooms that are designed to relax in. You may find warm colours more homely due to the comforting feeling they can provide.
Colours that are classed as cool usually include a blue, green or purple undertone. This category of colour is usually more calming due to its close connection with nature. These colours are recommended for a room that’s function is to relax in. Some people may not like a colour scheme featuring cool colours as it can feel too cold and bleak.
Your environment can have a large influence on your emotions and feelings. This means that the choice of colours you choose for your interior design can impact your well-being. So making the right decision is important.
Step 4: Look At Your Homes Fixed Elements
Fixed elements doesn’t have to mean the parts you can’t change, as everything can be updated, but these are the elements in your home that will be costly to change. This can include elements like your flooring, kitchen cupboards, etc.
Decide whether they have a warm or cold undertone, if you don’t want the cost of renovation then it would be best to go for a colour scheme that matches the category of undertone that these fixed elements complement.
Step 5: Choose The Type Of Colour Scheme
By this point, you should have decided whether you are going down a warm or cold route by looking at your inspiration and your fixed elements. There are three types of colour scheme typically:
- Monochromatic which is where you take one colour to apply to a couple of different nuances.
- Harmonious is two colours next to each other on the colour wheel
- Complementary is when you choose two colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel
Once you have decided which route to take, add one white and one neutral colour to your palate. Remember to make sure these suit your fixed elements.
Step 6: Stop Or Add More Colours
After deciding on the right type of colour scheme, you can take it further and add more colours through your home accessories, accent chairs or just leave it to those already chosen basics.
Pantone Colour Of The Year
After 22 years of selecting the colour of the year, colour experts Pantone have chosen 2 colours to represent the year 2021. This has only happened once before back in 2016, where Rose Quartz and Serenity were paired together.
The two colours are Ultimate Grey and Illuminating, a bright and cheerful yellow. They have been paired together to fortify the year with energy, clarity and hope. In a world that is facing a lot of uncertainty, this is a perfect statement for the year ahead.
These “two independent colours highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting” – Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
The shade illuminating evokes an optimistic feeling with a promise of better days ahead in the year 2021. Ultimate Grey is a quiter hue that helps to resemble a calm composure, steadiness and resilience that a lot of people throughout the world may be feeling at the moment.
Dulux Colour Of The Year
Dulux has understood the change that 2020 has caused in everyone’s lives. The paint experts colour of the year is called Brave Ground. A warm and earthy tone that is said to create a feeling of stability, growth and potential. Emotions that everyone is looking to feel in the upcoming year. A bolstering shade that helps to create a connection back to nature and the simpler things in life.
It is great to understand the power of colours. It is hard to believe that they can have such an important impact in and on our lives. Choosing the right colour palette for your interior may make a big difference to how you feel in your home.