When it comes to interior design, few things matter as much as making sure you choose the right color(s) for your walls, furniture, decoration items, and more. A harmoniously colored space will set the mood and make your space look stylish and feel comforting. Regardless of your personal preferences, there are several things to take into account to find the perfect scheme for your home. In that spirit, here’s a useful guide for homeowners and interior design enthusiasts to advance through the color scheme selection process without feeling overwhelmed.
Before rushing to the supply store for buckets of paints or yards of wallpaper, it’s imperative to take into consideration the impact lighting will have on your choice of color. As a general rule, a smaller space will require more toned-down shades to make it feel larger, while a bigger room will offer more freedom for selection. The same goes for the natural amount of light you get; for instance, if your space is oriented to the north, you’ll have poor interior luminosity, and will want to opt for lighter tones to bring in lighter. As such, make sure to spend enough time in that room during the daytime to notice how light behaves in the space.
One way to go about picking a color scheme is to look for inspiration in design magazines, specialized websites, or even social media pages. This should help you narrow down which styles of interior you favor and see how the spaces come together with the use of color. If you’re curious about using 3D rendering, you’re bound to find a useful online tool that will help you visualize your future interior before applying the first paint stroke. All that’s required of you are a couple of photos along with accurate measurements to have a team of professionals craft custom design plans, after which you’ll be able to move forward with your purchasing choices.
Create a Sample Board
Putting together a mood or sample board with shade samples, swatches, wallpapers, and styles is another way to come up with the ideal interior color scheme. This can allow you to try out different combinations, mix and match, and help you decide on which colors you think will best go with your space. So, don’t be afraid to experiment!
Pick Your Favorite Colors
Invariably, your individual preferences will dictate your final choice. To help evaluate your options, you can start by isolating your favorite 3 or 4 cores colors and associate them with 1 or 2 patterns. Alternatively, you can start with a monochromatic scheme (white, grey, blue), and add accent colors and shades to determine what goes best with that scheme. Again, trying different combinations will help you determine what you like best, but most importantly, what doesn’t work for you. Consulting a color wheel is guaranteed to come in handy at this point.
Mind the Room
Every room around the house has its function and purpose. Because each varies in size, shape, and lighting, it’s essential to select a color scheme that will best suit and complement a particular room. Take into account which kind of furniture or appliances are in there, too. Don’t overload a heavily furnished room with flashy colors; particularly if it has dark floors, opt for lighter shades instead.
In a similar vein, paying heed to proportions and color continuity will enable you to nail your interior project. A famous design rule suggests using a 60-30-10 ratio to optimize the harmony of any space: 60 percent of one dominant color for the walls, 30 as a secondary color for your upholstery, and ten as an accent color for accessories and decorative items. This helps create a sense of coherence and balance and works like a charm in any room. Also, pay attention to how you color the space vertically; start with a dark base and work your way up with lighter tones.
Use Blacks and Whites Throughout the Home
Finally, to bring contrast, bring a sense of depth, and help other colors pop, make sure to use black and white design elements to liven up your color scheme. This could be a rug, a piece of furniture, curtains, or even artwork.
Choosing the right color scheme is a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of interior design. All in all, however, putting in the time and research efforts will allow you to create a harmonious and great looking space without having to compromise on your design preferences. Always seek inspiration, and don’t hesitate to ask experts for help to make your vision indeed come to life!