How many times have you agonised over the colour palette for your kitchen, or overall style for a room? You may have found yourself asking: Should I have a bold feature wall? Is it OK to just stick with cream? Will a uniquely coloured room look dated over time? … Amongst a range of other questions! Don’t panic! This is normal! The decision is not as simple as it seems on the outset because of all the variables you have to consider, for example, the impact colour has on your mood and the overall feel of your home.
At Heavenly Homes and Gardens, we work with colour, décor, fabrics and home ware on a daily basis, so we’ve seen quite a few colour palette combinations! Some have been calming, others a bit dull and occasionally we walk into a room and feel invigorated through the use of colour alone. So today, we’re going to give you some tips to help you achieve a colour palette that best matches your personality, requirements and your way of life.
How to choose your colours
There are so many tips and tools out there to help you choose the right colour palette it can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. Instead you need to go back to basics …
Use a colour wheel
A colour wheel will help you decide which colours combine well. It’s a useful tool to use for simple, neutral colour schemes right through bright and dramatic triad colour schemes. Adobe Kuler has an online colour wheel you can play with – you’ll be surprised how helpful it is! It will put together colours you’d never thought of working with before and give you a stunning palette whether you like things neutral or bold.
So, how does it work? You choose a base colour for your palette and select a colour scheme – either analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound or shades – which gives way to a colour palette of that design. Give it a go and see what you come up with!
Use the rule of 60-30-10
To get the right balance of colour, it’s a good idea to follow this rule. With all rooms, you should choose a dominant colour to cover about 60 percent of your room – this would usually be the colour you choose to paint your walls. A secondary colour should also be added, covering about 30 percent of your room, this may be the curtains, a rug, and the furniture. The final 10 percent of colour will be your accent colour. Accent colours can be found in a piece of wall art, a lamp perhaps, or other soft furnishings such as cushions.
It’s all about you
At the end of the day, it’s your home and you will be the one spending most of your time in it. Think about colours you like, colours that make you feel relaxed and colours you like to wear – these are the colours that will make you feel your best and reflect your personality in your home.