Decoding Colour In Interior Design

When planning a colour scheme for a room, you need to make sure your final choice is well-balanced and the colours are harmonious with one another. Depending on the overall feel of the room you can be clever with colour to create space, warmth, or a variety of different moods to suit you and your needs.

Learn About Colours

You have Primary colours, Secondary colours and Tertiary colours. Primary colours such as Blue, Yellow and Red are 3 staple colours that cannot be made by mixing other colours together. Secondary colours; Orange, Purple and Green, these can be made by blending other colours together, i.e.) Red + Blue = Purple. And Tertiary colours, which are a combination of primary and secondary colours in a ratio of 2:1.

Cool Or Warm?

When choosing a colour scheme, it is helpful to have an idea of whether you want the particular room to be cool or warm. Cool shades consist of any mixture of pinks, greens, purples and blues. Basically, any colour without any kind of red or orange tinge.  Cool colours can add a very relaxing and tranquil feel to a room, and can also promote the feeling of space, useful in a small room. Warm colours would be reds, yellows and oranges, these give a very rich, sumptious feel to a room and can make a room appear smaller, so hot colours are best suited to larger rooms.

Use Neutral Colours

Like with clothes, neutrals are timeless and go with just about anything. Black, White, Grey, and Beige are examples of neutral colours. If you are unsure of what colours to use, these can be a good place to start as they can easily be mixed with other colours and are very complementary in any colour scheme. They can add a light, airy theme to a room and again, are good for making a room appear larger and can give a more relaxed feel.

Accent colours

An accent colour is a very bright colour that should be used sparingly, unless you want to wear sunglasses indoors! It can add a splash of colour to an otherwise quite bland colour scheme or add some interest. You can have one brightly coloured wall for contrast or just a few bright accessories can totally transform a room.

Woodwork and Internal Doors

In many countries, the traditional colour for most people’s woodwork is generally white, but do not be frightened to experiment with colours or wood stains, oak skirting for instance looks great and provides a contemporary look to the room, internal doors can also look distinctive when painted or stained in various colours.

Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment With Clashing Colours

Although the thought of using clashing colours may make you feel nervous, they can give a very interesting look to a room. By using colours of similar theme, cool or warm, clashing. colours can look surprisingly good in the home. The old saying goes; blue and green should never be seen, but by cleverly incorporating both shades of a colour throughout a room with the paint, wallpaper or other accessories, clashing colours can work and look good together.