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Choosing colours for your home

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Colour can make or break your interior design.

Colour is one of the most important elements when furnishing your home. Choosing complimentary colours, the percentage of each colour and the shade and intensity of a colour are all important factors when it comes to picking the right colour for your home.

There are a few basic guides to follow when coordinating the colours of your home, the first of which is the simple 60-30-10 Rule.

How to use the 60-30-10 Rule

The 60-30-10 rule is a very basic concept that breaks up the colours you should use in your home into percentages:

60% = dominant colour

30% = secondary colour

10% = accent colour

The dominant colour in the room would be featured on your walls and other larger surface areas like your rug or couches. The idea of this is that it serves as a backdrop for your other colours, so the dominant colour tends to be neutral shades like white or brown.

You would feature your secondary colour about half as much as your dominant colour. Curtains, chairs, bedspreads or painted furniture can all be based on this colour. Varying shades are a good way to add layer and texture to the room. The idea of the secondary colour is that it complements your dominant colour, without overpowering it.

Finally your accent colour is where you can have the most fun. Cushions, throws, table accents and lamps are all great items that can be a bit brighter than your previous colours. Try choosing this colour based on some artwork in the room or from a pattern on your couch, bedspread or rug.

How to choose the right colours (a quick guide)

Choosing colours that complement one another can be a tricky business. The easiest way to determine which colours will work together is to use a colour wheel. There are several different relationships colours can have, all of them based on the colour wheel.

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Complementary Colour Scheme: This scheme involves colours that are on opposite sides of the colour wheel. It will include one warm and one cool colour, making them vibrant and high contrast, especially if used in the same saturation.

Monochromatic Colour Scheme: A monochromatic feel is achieved by using a single colour in varying shades and intensities. Stylish and elegant, neutral colours look great in a monochromatic colour scheme.

Analogous Colour Scheme: This colour scheme requires three colours that are next to one another of the colour wheel. Because there is not as much variance, this scheme can look quite calm and relaxing.

Triad Colour Scheme: A triad colour scheme involves three colours that are evenly spaced around the wheel. Like complementary colours, a triad scheme can appear quite vibrant.

Don’t forget black and white! The two shades, black and white, can be incredibly helpful when creating your colour scheme. White is the perfect colour to use as a background pallet, while black will help make your other colours pop!

The best way to see which colour scheme you like is to find a colour wheel and experiment! For a visual guide to these colour wheel schemes, have a look at this post on colour harmonies.

How to choose the pallet for your entire home

Choosing the pallet for one room is simple enough, but choosing it for your entire home in a way that is complementary can be more difficult.

The best way to go about it is to start in the largest and most open space, and choose a scheme you love. Then, check to see which rooms are visible from this space and choose shades and hues that are similar to your main room. This will ensure a continuous flow from room to room, and will help avoid the danger of having too many bold colours in a single space. You can then afford to be more adventurous in secluded rooms like the bedrooms, where adjacent rooms and colour schemes are not an issue.

Having a double storey home allows you the opportunity to create different schemes for the different floors. The staircase offers great separation and you can easily create different moods for each space.

For more tips and tricks to colouring your entire home, Forbes has a great guide.

What colour scheme do you like in a home? Let us know in the comments below!

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