How to use colour to boost your inspiration

Mia Lake

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!

Remember layering

If you are keeping it safe with whites and neutrals, be sure to add layers of texture to create interest.

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Find your focal piece.

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To Match or to contrast

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The rule of 3

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Create a mood board.

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The Squint Test.

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Layering.

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.