Decorating any home can be challenging, but stepping out of your comfort zone and adding colour can be even more difficult OR so you thought! Decorating with colour can be easy with these 10 simple tips!
Tips for Decorating with Colour
Use the 60:30:10 Rule!
“Translated to a room setting, it typically means: 60% of the room’s colour is the walls 30% of the room’s colour is the upholstery 10% of the room’s colour is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement.”
Choose a Colour Scheme
Choose your colours wisely, and use them throughout the entire home to create flow. There are plenty of ways to choosing a colour scheme (going online as an example), but one of the easiest ways to pick your colour scheme is with a colour wheel. Complimentary colours are on opposite sides from one another, and analogous colours are beside each other.
“Analogous Colour Scheme Analogous colours are next to each other on the color wheel, such as yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange. Rooms using an analogous colour scheme typically are more causal, restful and muted in terms of coloration. This colour scheme is best used in the more informal areas of the home. Family rooms, dens and bedrooms — places where you’re searching for rest and recovery from the day — look and “feel” great in analogous colors.”
Pull Colours from Patterns
By pulling colours from patterns your room will look a lot more cohesive and put together.
“To help you choose a color scheme, look at the colors in the largest pattern in the room first, be it drapery, upholstery fabric, an Oriental rug or a large artwork. Then choose colors based upon that piece. This is much easier (and less expensive) than painting the walls a particular color and finding that absolutely nothing else on the planet, let alone in your room, will match it. In other words, if your favorite piece of art is red, black and gray, you can choose the gray to be 60 percent, the red to be 30 percent and the black to be the 10 percent — or the red could be the dominant color with the gray and black taking secondary and accent roles.”
Figure out What Feel You Want the Room to Have
Colourology is the scientific study of colours, this includes what they are associated with and what feelings they provide humans. This has associated cooler tones, such as blue or green, with a sense of calm, and warmer colours, such as red or yellow, with feelings of energy. Therefore, if you want a room to be more peaceful it’s best to stay away from bright reds and yellows. However, colour is subjective so choose a colour based on your own views.
“We all associate colors with what they represent. In our minds, red may represent fire, blue the air and sea, yellow the sun, and brown and green often represent trees. These are generally considered to be emotional responses to color as opposed to intellectual responses. Use these emotional associations to their greatest effect in a space by deciding on what emotional impact you want the room to have. Would you like it to be lively? Choose reds and yellows. If you prefer subdued, try blues and browns.”
Live With the Colour Before You Buy
Colours will look different in different lights, seasons and times of the day. One of the most important things that you can do before committing to a paint is to see it on your walls.
“If the room is used most often at night, after everyone is home from work and school (under the “artificial” light of lamps), check out the color during the late afternoon and evening hours. If the room is used during the day, when there is an abundance of natural sunlight, check out the colors during the morning and early afternoon hours.”
Did these tips have helped you feel more comfortable with decorating with paint? If they did make sure to check out the original article, to read more at hgtv.com, and if you don’t want to do all the work don’t hesitate to contact us here at 360 Painting Calgary