Giving your walls a brand new coat of paint is an excellent way to make your home feel more fresh and modern, not to mention more valuable on the real estate market. While this is undoubtedly great, it’s also an opportunity to take things to the next level and pick a new and unique colour palette for your place.
Needless to say, deciding on colour schemes that best fits your personality and lifestyle can be a daunting task. Should you choose something that’s bold and really stands out? Or should you make things look subtle and natural? The options seem limitless, don’t they? We’re here to help you with that.
In this guide, we’ll explain the science behind colour schemes and how it can be used to choose the perfect palette for your home. If, after reading this article, you still aren’t sure how to go about choosing the colour palette that best fits who you are, you can click on this link and get advice directly from the pros.
The colour wheel is your friend
When it comes to colour schemes in your home, you should always consider the walls first. Think of the walls as the canvas, and the furniture and decorations as the various details that make a painting. How you paint your walls will directly affect the rest of your palette.
There are three primary colours (blue, red, and yellow), and three secondary colours (green, purple, and orange) which are created by combining equal parts of two primary colours. Finally, tertiary colours are made by mixing different amounts of the primary and secondary colours to create various hues.
Black and white are often added into the mixture to lighten or darken the various hues, but they themselves aren’t considered real colours. By combining the colour wheel with black and white, you can create four wildly different types of colour palettes.
The 4 types of colour schemes are:
- Monochromatic uses tone on tone of the same colour, and adds black or white to darken or lighten the hue. In other words, it uses different hues of the same colour to create a unique, yet uniform look.
- Contrast is the opposite of monochromatic. It uses highly contrasting colours such as blue-green, purple-red, and orange-yellow to create a highly dramatic and energetic look.
- Analogous colour schemes use colours that lie next to each other on the colour wheel. For instance, this means that blue will be used with purple or green. This palette is more colourful than monochromatic, but also more soothing than contrast.
- Complementary colour schemes use two opposing colours (for example, orange and blue) that go well together to create bold and dramatic looks.
Creating your colour palette
Some people create their schemes by combining neutral furnishings with bold and energetic walls. Others choose to have little-to-no colour on their walls, and instead look to their furnishings, rugs, and accessories for added colour. No matter what colour you opt for, always make sure they’re crisp and that the lines are clear.
Before making any final decisions, test out your colours with fabrics and paint swatches. You can take photos of your rooms and then play with them in a photo editing program to see how they would look with different colours. If pen and paper is more your forte, you can also create sketches of your home in different schemes.
Finally, consider the lightning in your home. By reflecting and deflecting colour, light constantly changes the look of your home throughout the day. A great option for modern homes is to use coloured light bulbs to add an additional layer of colouring that can be switched on and off at will.