How to choose a Colour Scheme

Colour planning allows you to combines different colours in a way that will create an ambiance in a room or setting. There’s a few things to look at before choosing a colour scheme for a room and these were discussed in the preceding article (How to choose colour), I undertake that that you have chosen a your base colour and now we will help you decide how to select colours that are needed to create the mood you’re trying to achieve in the room or setting. I put a colour wheel below, at the bottom there ire greyed out colour wheels to show the possible colour scheme choices

First divide the rooms according to the activities that are associated with them, active spaces and passive spaces, for instance kitchens will fall into the active category, while bathrooms would fall into the passive group. Because warm colours like orange and red represent energy, they are best suited for active rooms like the kitchen but beware as orange in the eating areas tends to increase ones appetite.

Alternatively, cool colours like blues and greens have a soothing and calming effect, making them ideal for passive rooms like the bedroom and bathroom. Please note that injecting too much of a bright colour in any room will leave you feeling exhausted overtime as it creates excitement and increases energy you may also not be able to relax or calm down in these rooms.

Something you should know is that in most kitchens, the bulk of the wall space is taken up with cabinets. Leaving minimal space for paint and therefore I suggest that for the kitchen you choose your base colour as the colour of the cabinets and the wall colour to serve as part of your colour schemes choices. Kitchens are considered the heart of the home and therefore associated with warmth, happiness and cooking.

Remember, there are just some colour schemes that work better than others, if you are looking to achieve a feeling of peace and tranquillity, you may considers a monochromatic or analogous colour arrangement and more nature inspired colours.

Select the other colours in the scheme according to one of the four colour relationships listed below. These colours can be used to paint doors, trim cupboards and to highlight architectural details, scatter cushions, the one chair that breaks the monochromatic colour scheme

monochromatic colours

Colour Schemes

These colour schemes will give a   harmonious, elegant, and understated feel to any room. Simply choose your   dominant colour or hue and then select other colours from the same colour   family or stripe chip.

related colours

Colour Schemes

Selecting shades from groups of colours   which lie beside one another on the colour wheel give a more calming effect   than the complementary colour scheme and a richer feel than a monochromatic   colour scheme. Select colours from colour families that lie directly beside   one another on the colour wheel.

Complementary colours

Colour Schemes

Many classic or visually striking settings   can be created through the use of complementary colour schemes. By selecting   colours that lie directly across from one another on the colour wheel, the   best of each colour is brought to life.

Split Colours

Split   Complementary Colour Schemes

Also known as near complements, these   colour schemes are for those who demand a more adventurous colour palette.   Select a dominant colour and then select colours from families to the left   and right of the complementary colour. They are great for layering within a   faux finish, or simply to add more colour to a room

This is where the beauty of a complementary colour scheme really shines. Because the colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel, these colour combinations always balance a warm tone with a cool tone.


Posted on December 8, 2011, in Great decorating ideas and tips, Interior decorating on a budget, Paint and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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