The colour of a room’s walls has a significant impact on the look and feel of the space, so it’s one of the most important decorating decisions you can make. It’s also one of the most difficult decisions to make, largely because it’s difficult to envision what a certain hue will do for the overall aesthetics of a room.
To help you with your choice, we asked Plascon’s Colour Manager, Anne Roselt, to offer up some tips on how to select a colour scheme. She suggests you keep the following in mind:
1. pick hot or cold
Cool colours, like gentle blues and greens, recede and make a room appear larger than it is; warm colours that have red in them advance and make a room appear smaller than it is.
2. think about the mood you want
Use warm colours in areas where you want to create a friendly, social, active atmosphere and cool colours in areas where you want to create a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere.
3. use complementary tones
Colours that have a similar tone, like a bright yellow and a bright blue, work well together, whereas colours that have very different tones, like a bright yellow and a pale blue, may look terrible together.
4. enliven with accent colours
Accent colours work well to lift a scheme – think of how striking a bright pink flower looks on a black dress.
5. think 60-30-10
For an interesting colour scheme use the 60-30-10 principle: 60% is for the main wall colour, 40% for another colour similar in tone to the main one (this may be the hue of the curtains or other fabric in the room) and 10% for an accent colour (a feature wall or accessories, like cushions or paintings).
6. balance cool with warm
Balance cool colour schemes with some warm colours. For example, introduce some red, orange or yellow accents to offset a cool blue scheme and vice versa.
7. spice up neutral
If you decide on a neutral colour scheme, create interest by introducing different textures. like suede, wool, sisal and leather.
8. drop it a notch
Once you find a colour that you love, take it down a tone to compensate for the greater impact the colour will have when painted on a large surface area.
9. don’t judge too quickly
Remember that a colour may not look right until the furnishings and plants are put back in the room.
10. test the lighting effect
The effect of light can change the look of a colour. If you are unsure of the hue, test it first by painting it on a piece of card (1 metre x 1 metre) and placing it against different walls of the room at different times of the day.
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