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Choosing A Colour Scheme

Getting the right balance of colour in your interior scheme is and essential component in its overall success. Today we will take a look at the ways colours can be used and combined to create a particular ambience.

Sounding simple but requiring skill, a tonal scheme or monochromatic scheme means you use just one colour but in varying tones. If you choose everything in the same tone and colour your scheme will look bland, the key with this look is to use texture and pattern to alleviate the potential boredom of using one colour. When carried out successfully, this method can be subtly stunning and extremely soothing.

A good idea is to choose three tints and shades of the same colour and use it throughout the room. Use the deepest nearest the floor and the lightest on the ceiling; this gives the illusion of space.

A harmonious colour is one that sits next to another on a standard colour wheel or very close to it for example, red is near rust, which is near terracotta.

It’s very easy to create a balanced, unified scheme that is pleasing to the eye Using harmonious colours is a fail-safe way of creating a balanced scheme and is therefore a good place to start for a novice decorator. If one of your harmonious colours happens also to be a primary colour (i.e. blue, yellow or red) the effect will be much more visually striking, for example, red and hot pink or red and orange.

A complementary colour scheme is also very simple and easy to get right. As complementary colours are ones that are opposite to one another on the colour wheel and tend to be much bolder than other colours, it is impossible to mistake which colours are complimentary- think red and green, or purple and yellow.

When deciding on a colour scheme for a room, think of one colour that you would really like to use then look directly at the colour opposite on a colour wheel. If you do not like the second colour, simply pick a different starting colour and repeat the process until you are comfortable with the mix. Once you are happy, decide which of the two colours you want to feature more- using them both in equal amounts will cause them to fight for attention and cancel each other out.
If you’re nervous about using dramatic colours in reality, try introducing a complementary scheme in the form of a throw, cheap duvet cover or cheap large rug before you go ahead with an actual paint colour.
If you are confident in what you are doing, you can get away with using a third colour – preferably in a different tone from the other two but never more than that.
The colour you choose for your room is a big step when decorating. The colour of your room is what decides on the mood and character of the space. It can create a vibrant, exciting atmosphere but it can also provide a restful background. Colour is powerful. But the important thing is not to fear it, unlike a settee or bed, a can of paint is a very inexpensive design tool and if you don’t like the colour, you can always paint over it.

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