Interior layout design

Choosing a Colour Scheme for Your Home

The following tips will help you choose the colour scheme for your home quickly and easily, using the same techniques that decorators and dressmakers use to create their stunning colour combinations.

Tips on How to Choose the Right Color Scheme for Your Home

Your first step is to choose the overall style that you want to achieve for the space. Do you want a modern or contemporary feel, or one that is more country chic? Once you’ve decided on that, you’ll be able to choose the fabric that will act as the anchor in the space. Make sure it has a minimum of three colours to achieve the best results.

You will need to determine the background colour of your fabric, as this is what you will use for the walls in the room. One of the mid tones in your fabric will determine the colour of the furniture and flooring, which can either be a pattern or a solid colour. When choosing your upholstery, you use the fabric you are using as your anchor, or one that complements it.

The brightest colours in your anchor fabric will be used for the accents and accessories in the room. This can include any decorative throw pillows, the mats on pictures or welting.

You will want your anchor fabric to be used in a minimum of three different areas in the room. You can use it for your curtains, upholstery, a rug or even pillows. You will use other, matching fabrics for additional areas, such as tablecloths, cording or chairs.

You will want to make sure that any colours that you repeat are done evenly, appearing in at least three different areas. The overall breakdown should be around 60 percent of the space done in the background or lightest color, 30 percent in the mid-tone you chose, and only 10 percent in the brightest colour in the anchor fabric.

An example of creating a colour scheme using the Australian flag would be using the white as the background colour, the blue as the mid-tone and the red as the accent colour for the entire room. This means the walls would be done in white, the blue would be used in the furniture and flooring, and the red would be used for items like accent pillows or cording since it is the brightest.

Following these tips will help you create the perfect colour scheme for your room, and make sure it becomes a space that you love.

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