I don’t believe in fads and trends, they come and go. I believe in surrounding yourself with things that improve your wellbeing and put a smile on your dial. A tailored colour scheme can change the ambience of the room and also your state of mind.
But if you’re not confident about creating your own colour scheme, here are some helpful tips.
Find your focal piece
Whether it is art, fabric, furniture, a wall colour, or a cushion, find that one piece that you can’t live without. This is your starting point. Refer back to it every time you get confused about the direction of your colour scheme.
To match or to contrast? That is the question
Either decide if you want to keep within the tonal hues, or find contrasting colours. Refer to the colour wheel. The contrasting colours are opposite each other. Tonal hues are side by side, ranging from dark to light shades of the one hue.
Adopt the rule of three
A successful colour scheme will always have light colours, dark colours and a shade in between. The proportions don’t need to be equal. As an example, use 1/5 dark colour, 2/5 light colours and 2/5 mid colour colours. Remember, light doesn’t mean only white and dark doesn’t only mean black.
Create a mood board
Pinterest and Houzz are fantastic for storing your interior images. But to make sure all your ideas really work together, put them together on a mood board. The best way to do this is with a pin board and clear pins.
Use the squint test
This is a little insider trick! Once you have laid out all your paint chips, brochures, fabric swatches and photos out on a table, squint your eyes. If something sticks out, it’s not meant to be there. If everything looks balanced and harmonious you’re onto a winner!
If you are keeping it safe with whites and neutrals, be sure to add layers of texture to create interest.