How to choose the interior colour scheme for your home
Colour can transform the spirit of a room and, in turn, the spirit of the people in it. It can make them feel calm, happy, energetic or relaxed. It can create a sense of tranquility or have the power to energise them when they need it most.
So it comes as no surprise that when designing the interior decor of your home, colour is significant. Whether it’s through wallpaper, paint, furniture or accessories, today we’re exploring some different ways to choose an interior colour scheme that brings your home to life.
Look at the big picture
Getting the mood of a room right should be the most influential factor in your colour decision-making process, so it’s a good place to start. Typically the bedroom is where you want to go to relax, feel calm and get a good night’s sleep. Subtle, cooler colour palettes of soft pastels, blues and purples encourage peacefulness and bring a relaxed feeling to the bedroom space. Colours associated with nature and spring, such as green also create feelings of comfort and relaxation.
In rooms where you’re more likely to be sparking conversation, such as the dining room, striking colours can help elicit enjoyment and animation. Warmer, more vibrant tones of bold reds, yellows and oranges encourage energy, happiness and expression, perfect for more conversational spaces.
Once you’ve decided on the mood of the room it’s a good idea to go back to basics and use a colour wheel to choose your primary hue. In most cases warm colours are on the left side of the wheel and cool colours are on the right. Pick one that suits the mood of the room and use it as a foundation to build from when you select your exact shades.
Work with colour
To bring variety to your interior colour scheme, take the base colour chosen from the colour wheel and start thinking about adding a one or two secondary hues. The simplest way to do this is to choose complementary colours. Colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel are complementary so combinations like yellow and purple, red and green and blue and orange fuse together well.
Monochromatic schemes use different hints, hues or shades of a single colour. This can either create a relaxing or dramatic ambiance depending on the colour chosen and the shades that you incorporate.
An analogous colour scheme uses three to four consecutive colours on the colour wheel to create a bright but harmonious look. A combination of blue, light green and dark green is an example of an analogous colour scheme that works well. Choosing one dominant shade, one supporting shade and one vibrant accent colour brings balance to rooms that use analogous colour palettes.
A high contrast colour scheme can also be used to create a clearer, more defined space. Combining colours such as white, black and grey, with purple and gold can enhance the formality of the room. Areas such as living rooms and kitchens are good places to experiment with contrasting colour palettes.
Make a statement
If you’ve chosen a neutral interior colour scheme with a vibrant accent colour, you can make a statement by introducing bold furniture pieces. For example, consider colourful bedroom furniture that will add character. Dressing tables and bedside tables in colours such as dove grey or fresh aubergine bring a touch of sophistication to an otherwise minimal aesthetic. You can also use colour to make interesting features of the room stand out by painting them or covering them with fabric.
Believe in black
Adding touches of black to your interior space might seem daunting, but adding a black or charcoal element to a room can make the space look more refined. Dark colours are often thought to make rooms look smaller but black is an exception to the rule because it actually creates space.
As a universal colour, black can be paired with any other shade. You can match it with vibrant shades to create bright contrasts or paler colours for a more peaceful atmosphere. Adding a black or charcoal element to a room - say by adding bedside tables, a wardrobe or a chest of drawers - will enhance all the other colours in the surrounding space. Dare to be different with your choices as adding black can provide an incredible effect when used correctly.
Go from dark to light
Designer Mark McCauley suggests applying colour from dark to light, vertically in the room. This means using darker shades on the floor, medium shades for the walls and light shades for the ceiling. This, he says, ensures that the interior space replicates the outside world. Although if you want to make a tall ceiling look lower, it’s good practice to paint it a darker colour than the walls.
It can be difficult to know where to begin when choosing the interior colour scheme for your home, but we hope these ideas give you a great foundation to start thinking about the feel of your rooms and how you can create your desired atmosphere through the use of colour.
Our collection of wardrobes, dressers, trinkets and bedside tables complement a range of colour palettes. For more interior design inspiration, or to browse our selection of bedroom furniture, request a copy of our brochure here.