Adding colour to a room
Colour has the power to make or break an interior scheme, determining the entire character and feel of a space. You can use colour as your secret weapon to maximise your home, for example, neutral schemes will always give the illusion of more space and will restore calm. Aim to create an inviting space that supports productivity and relaxation. This can easily be achieved by choosing a complementary and balanced colour scheme.
The 60/30/10 rule:
Why not try out this simple formula which will help you accomplish a balanced, harmonious space.
- Decorate 60% of a room with a dominant colour (choose a neutral shade)
- Decorate 30% of a room with a secondary colour ( choose a brighter colour that compliments your neutral shade)
- The last 10% should be used as an accent colour ( choose a ‘pop’ of colour that compliments your dominant and secondary colour) – choose colourful accent pieces. Depending on personal preference, this last 10% could be split into two colours if complementary of the overall scheme.
Choosing the perfect colour combination
Red , raises a room’s energy level. As the most intense colour, it heightens adrenaline and stimulates passion and a sense of excitement. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. In dark lighting, red is both elegant and rich.
Yellow, communicates happiness and lightheartedness. It captures the joy of sunshine and summer days. It is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is both energising and uplifting. In halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can feel spacious and welcoming.
Blue, calming, relaxing and serene, often used in bathrooms. It evokes the spirit of the ocean and coolness of tone.
Green, considered the most restful colour on the eye. Green is suited to almost every room in the house, and the combination of blue and yellow makes It cool and fresh, yet also soft and gentle. In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages comfort and warmth.
Purple, rich, dramatic and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury and creativity; as an accent or secondary colour, it gives a scheme depth. Lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the added risk of feeling too chilly and cool.
Orange, suggests excitement and enthusiasm and is an energetic colour. This colour is well suited for a gym; it brings out all the high-level, racing emotions constituted during a workout and its boldness parallels the rushes of adrenaline. In fact, In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.
Neutrals, black, grey, white and brown are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: add colour to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down.
Black, is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the colour scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, rely on the interior designer’s most important colour tool: the colour wheel.