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New Years Resolutions 4: I Will Find My Colour Palette!

With the advice on colour given below, you can easily accomplish the resolution of finding your true home colour palette. Planning is the first major task and for this you will need one of the most indispensable tools of every interior designer – a mood-board. A mood-board will record your developments and interior design ideas, both for your personal use and discuss with others within your household – or to have at hand when shopping for home-wares.

Start the process of finding your true colour palette by choosing one base colour; this is the colour that you are most drawn to. If you can’t make a decision, perhaps take hints from the colour clothes you wear the most or the colours you wish you could wear. Hurdles might get in the way of choosing a base colour; if you are in a rental for example and have burgundy carpet throughout – you might have to work with it and find colours to go with it. Either way, the next step is by exploring the colour wheel.

There are three main colour schemes – harmonious, tonal and complementary. Harmonious colours are those which are next to each other on the colour wheel; choose this scheme if you want an ‘easy to live with’ and relaxing space. Tonal can have a similar effect to harmonious as one colour is used in its many tones. Complementary is also known as contrasting and you will match your colour with the exact opposite hue on the colour wheel – red and green, blue and orange etc. This last scheme is more energised and are a more daring statement of colour co-ordination.

If you are into the idea of creating moods throughout the home, you can also choose a colour palette based on this. How colour effects mood is a very interesting topic when decorating your home. Let’s say you want a bathroom where you can really unwind and ease away your troubles – you might take inspiration from an ocean view home in aquatic blues and lots of light neutrals. Perhaps you need more energy to jump out of bed in the morning – look for splashes of bright and acid hues such as lemon yellow or lime green!

Another thing you will have to consider when finding the perfect colour palette, will involve thinking beyond the four walls of one room and trying to link rooms together. I know many people who just adore colour and before thinking, went head on into a project of creating a different colour scheme in every room. It can work, but often it leaves both you and the house restless – especially when you can see into adjoining rooms.

Satisfy your need to play with colour by choosing one or two hues for the whole house, but by using them in different ways. If your colour is pink, you could use a light pink with harmonious colours in one room; in another room, tonal pinks with hot pink curtains and light pink duvet cover sets. In rooms where more energy is needed you could take your favourite pink tone and add accents of a contrasting colour such as green.

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