6 Ways to Pick a Colour Scheme for Your Space

6 Ways to Pick a Colour Scheme for Your Space

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Apr 12, 2017
Why you should care

Solve that colour dilemma with these.

There are seven colours in a rainbow and about 10 million in the world – and that’s just counting the ones we can actually see. It’s no wonder that colour choice is such a common dilemma.

We ease that #firstworldproblem with six approaches that will work for any space.

1 Begin With the Biggest and Boldest

…rooms, that is. Your living and dining areas are examples of the biggest and most visible rooms in the house, while your workspace takes up most of your office. Pick a favourite colour or a comfortable neutral for a wall or even a signature furniture, then select complementary colours for the other parts of that room and the other rooms. The biggest room will help set the tone of the whole area.

Dining area blue

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Consider a similar approach, which is choosing a colour for your would-be boldest coloured room. If you want the office waiting area to be the biggest standout, then pick a bold colour for that room and choose complementary colours for other areas.

bold colour office

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2 One Hue, Several Shades

Speaking of complementary colours, an easy way to colour several rooms and ensure that they look like they belong to the same house, office, or café, is by painting and decorating it with different shades of a single colour, like blue.

Blue theme bedroom

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Keep walls, furniture, and décor in lights and darks of the same colour, barring accent pieces that can be neutrals like white and black or metals like gold, bronze, and silver. This approach works especially well with whites and neutrals which give off a modern luxury vibe.

Grey living area

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3 Two’s Company, Three’s a Party!

Pick 3 colours to fill a room; choose a main colour that will take up 60% of the room (think walls, ceiling, rugs, and big furniture pieces), a secondary colour that will take up 30% of the room (upholstery and smaller furniture pieces), and an accent colour that will take up 10% of the room. Have fun with that last one – go for a bright colour, a pretty pastel, or a sure-win metal like gold.

blue cafe

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Another good way to arrange these colours is to mimic nature – anchor the bottom of the room (i.e. flooring and rug) with the darkest colour and keep the top of the room (i.e. ceiling) light. The mid-tone colour can go to furniture and walls. This formula works because it mimics nature’s ground, sky, and all the other stuff in between.

4 Don’t Reinvent the (Colour) Wheel

An easy way to find complementary colours is by referring to the colour wheel. Colours that are near each other and opposite each other match well. There are also split complementary colours: choose any colour on the wheel plus 2 other colours equally spaced from the colour you chose.

Colour wheel complementary colours

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If you don’t know where to start, refer to a colour wheel and choose a favourite colour or a colour you can see yourself living with (in large chunks of your living space, no less!). Then choose the complementary colours based on the wheel.

Blue orange office

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5 Determine the Mood

Colour psychology is the reason why different colours make you feel differently. Decide on the functionality and intended mood of a room before picking a colour. A peaceful colour like green is great for the home office and harmonious spaces like the living room.

Green living area

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Meanwhile, a red bedroom can really set the mood *nudge nudge* while a blue room creates a calming sanctuary for the weary.

6 Well-Coordinated Rooms

Yes, it’s important that the different rooms in your space are complementary. This doesn’t mean that your whole house has to be that one shade of plum, it just means that rooms that are close to each other should be at least complementary.

Open plan living room

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Take special note of rooms within the same vicinity; determine for example, all the rooms you see from the living room. This might include the hallway, kitchen, and dining room. If you have more than one storey in your space, pick different colour palettes for the different storeys as one storey is not visible from another.

Cover image from cocochicdeco.com.

Why you should care

Solve that colour dilemma with these.

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