One of the hardest interior design elements with which homeowners grapple is in the area of colour. Most people don’t want to live with a riot of colour. So live with the ten commandments of colour instead.
Most people don’t want to live with cool and boring interiors either. So where is the balance? Right here with the ten commandments of colour.
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#1 The 60/30/10 Rule
As a guide for beginners, divide your colours into 60% primary or dominant colour, 30% a secondary colour and 10% an accent color. This enables you to use colour without a room appearing unbalanced.
#2 Embrace Emotions
Tap in to the emotional connection you have with a space. Cool colours are calming and warm colours are more active. What colours truly appeal to you? Find a connection and be confident with your choices. The ten commandments of colour are rules that probably shouldn’t be broken.
#3 Complementary Colours for Vibrancy
These are the colours opposite each other on a colour wheel – yellow + purple, red + green, blue + orange – they are strong yet they work together.
So if you love one, try bringing in the other one but at different levels – one dominant and the other secondary. Use black as the accent colour to tone it all down.
#4 Analogous Colours
These are good neighbours on the colour wheel. They are similar so they look good together providing a cohesive and casual feel. They can be bold or pastel, thing yellow with green or blue with violet. You choose the intensity.
#5 Bright Colours
Small room? Choose a bright colour and paint the floor and walls in the same colour. The connection between wall and floor is blurred giving the illusion of a bigger space. This is a very useful one of the ten commandments of colour.
#6 Colour Combinations
Cool colours recede and warm colours come towards you. To make a small room seem bigger, use cool colours. To make a large room feel cosier, use warm colours.
#7 Add Black
When using bright or bold colours, black will inject some sophistication. When using pastel colours, black will stop a room feeling too childish (unless it’s a child’s room)
#8 Warm Up / Cool Down
Create warmth with red, orange and yellow (although not too much in a bedroom) and cool a room down with greens and blues to create a fresh palette.
#9 Neutrals Are Good Too
You can create impact with neutrals but they don’t have to be white and beige. Consider warm golds, rich caramels, and relaxing pastels in green, pink, blue, mint and grey.
Use colours from your past as inspiration. Live with what you love. Embrace colour that’s meaningful.
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