How to choose a color theme and how to match the current trends for your house
Let your home colors say the story of your soul!
Home color matching is an essential element of interior design. It can make or break the image of your place. Hence, you must put extra care into choosing the right home colors. In interior design, colors are the quickest way of adding an impression or influencing a place’s ambience. And in terms of home colors, a large part is associated with wall colors. They cover almost 60 per cent of your home colors. The rest is from the furniture, ceiling, upholstery, floors, etc.
- Primary colors are red, blue and yellow. They are pure colors and cannot be created.
- Secondary colors are orange, green and purple. These colors are formed when equal parts of 2 primary colors are combined. For example equal parts yellow and blue make green. As basic as this is this is where we begin the color selection.
- Tertiary colors are a mixture, in varying parts of secondary and primary colors to create different hues, as a result the primary and secondary colors become less vivid. White and black are often added to darken and soften these hues.
Creating your color scheme
Use your color wheel to help you create your own color scheme that best fits your personality. There are 4 kinds of possible color schemes.
- Monochromatic. The monochromatic color scheme uses tone on tone of the same color with the addition of white or black to lighten or darken the color. For example, in this scheme blue can become a pale sky blue or a dark midnight blue and all three hues of the same shade are used to create this effect.
- Analogous. The analogous scheme uses colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow will be used with green or orange, or blue will be used with green or purple. This creates a colorful and often soothing palette.
- Contrast. The contrast scheme is more dramatic. Here a triad of contrasting colors is used, such as yellow-orange, green-blue and red-purple. This introduces more color and energy into your home’s palette.
Complementary. Lastly we have the complementary scheme where two opposing colors, such as blue and orange, are used together to create a dramatic, bold and high-energy color scheme.
Pick a Color, Any Color
If only choosing a color palette for your interiors was that easy. Well, actually, it is! Our palette-perfecting tips explain the color rules that designers follow and make it a snap to put them to work in your home.
Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space
If you’ve got patterned upholstery, a colorful rug or large piece of artwork, pluck colors you like from the pattern. For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges.
Decorate From Dark to Light, Vertically
To use darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls and light values for the ceiling. The exterior environment is generally darker below our feet, medium-valued as you look straight ahead and lighter skyward.
Start With the Formal Areas of the House
Specifically, the living room, dining room and entry way. Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme.