Planning the Colour Scheme in Your Home

18th December 2017

There's a science to colour and it's actually really interesting. Ever wondered why a surgeon's uniform is green? This is a colour that's easy on the eye and makes the surgical process easier for the practitioner. It's often thought that nurses' uniforms are blue as this is the most calming colour for patients. Interestingly, as red is the colour associated with danger and alert it can help us to stay focused and is especially good for detailed tasks. So, what about interior design? Well, there's definitely some particular colour schemes that work better in one room than another. Here is our guide to getting the colour right in your new home... or perhaps you fancy a change-up!

Which colour scheme for which room?

It can be tempting to pick different colours for different rooms. However, bear in mind that this might end in an interior design disaster! First things first, unless you live in a palace with an abundance of space, you need to make sure the colours you do go for look good together. Remember, when the doors in your house are open the colours of each room will be visible - try to avoid too much of a mish-mash! A great way to present wildly different colour schemes is to stick to neutral wood furniture and white walls. You can then add in feature walls and accessories to suggest a colour scheme. Alternatively, you could stick to one colour but show different shades in each room!

Ways to pick your colour scheme
  • Harmonious - colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel
  • Complementary - colours that are opposite on the colour wheel
  • Tonal - using one colour but with varying tones

Keeping up with trends

Of course, if you're into keeping up with the latest trends, you'll want to read up on the hot shades for next year. Pantone have officially announced that their 2018 'Colour of the Year' is Ultra Violet. You can also check out a blog post we wrote on the interior design trends set to take over 2018, if that's your thing. However, if keeping up with the latest fashion is all too much for you to think about, we have some recommendations for you.

  • Stick to soft neutrals like cream and grey - these never go out of fashion and they always look stylish
  • Start off with a black and white colour scheme. You can then add pops of colour whenever you feel like it and it is sure to look good
  • If you have a room with a large piece of artwork or patterned rug in a room, use this is as your colour inspiration. Decorate the rest of the room according to already existing pieces!
  • If in doubt, go for pastels. This is especially important if you LOVE colour but are afraid of going too bold and regretting it later.
  • Use your clothes as inspiration: if you're a lover of wearing navy and grey, then this is probably going to be a colour scheme that you'll get on with in your home.

Playing tricks with colour

As we said earlier, there is a science behind colour. It's certainly interesting to see how a certain colour can change the whole atmosphere of a room. There might be a particular objective you want to achieve through a colour scheme, so here are some nifty ways to create illusions in your home:

To make a room feel cosy...

You should be choosing warmer shades like orange, red and yellow. Using a darker colour higher up in the room will make it appear smaller!

To make a room seem larger...

Use a lighter colour at the top of the room and darker shades at the bottom. Cooler colours can often give the illusion that a room is more spacious, so go for blues, greens and greys. Paint the walls to match your large pieces of furniture, or vice versa, to make the furniture look smaller.

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