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Choosing a colour scheme for a room (or a whole house) is essential to creating an inspiring, and inspired, interior design. It is one of the fundamental things that needs to be just right if a room and a home is to come together. Here we’re going to share some of our favourite tips on creating a colour scheme that will work for you.
The Old Problem
One of the most common problems with interior design is whether to try and unify a design across a house, or apartment, or whether to treat each room individually and create a unique identity for it. Typically, for example, most of us treat bathrooms differently to bedrooms and bedrooms differently from kitchens.
A lot of this comes down to personal taste. But also the style of building you have to work with makes a huge difference.
Flats and Apartments
As there is limited space in most flats or apartments we find that creating a unified feel across all areas makes for a much better living space – everything fits together which creates a feeling of space.
Old houses tend to benefit from a greater degree of similar interior design as you tend to have old features to work with – meaning antiques and dark or light woods work particularly well as a basis for colour.
New houses offer more flexibility with a typically blank canvas to work from. This lets you pick any colour scheme for each room that you choose without compromising a houses feel.
Dark Or Light
The choice between dark and light colour schemes isn’t too important and most of the best interior designs blend dark and light to create a colour scheme. For example black marble works sumptuously with plain white paints or with golds and silvers. Conversely light pine can work perfectly with light blues, whites or dark purples and rich reds. One of the best options is to use a colour grouping.
Rather than looking at individual colours it is often better to look at colour palettes or schemes. These are pre-arranged selections of colours that usually move from a dark colour to a light colour. These are designed to make it easier to create a unified style for any room. Work from one of these, widely available online or from an interior designer, and you will be able to choose a range of colours that complement each other.
Furnishing and Fixtures
It is easy to look at a blank room and think “this shade of burgundy will look beautiful in this room” but often it is better to think of the furniture you have or want to include in the room. For example, If you have dark leather sofas these won’t be complemented by bright blue walls. It is better to look at what goes into the room – particularly large pieces of furniture – and then work towards your colour scheme.
Author: Carolina Sandri