Whether you're revamping a certain space within your home or are moving into a brand new house, you may be wondering how to best select a colour palette for a given room.
Below, you'll find some useful steps to take: evaluating a room's light sources, narrowing down your style and aesthetic, sampling different paint colours, and much more.
Different Rooms & Different Colours
- How will the space be used?
- What is the function of the room?
- Who occupies the space the most?
Knowing these answers will help you narrow down your colour choices. Experts suggest, for example, a home office with a dark brown built-in might inspire different color choices than a kids’ playroom with bright colored accessories.
Lighting is also important when it comes to selecting which colors to bring into a room. After all, functionality is key to making the most of a space.
The way a colour appears in a room may change throughout the day, morning light is cool and bright while strong afternoon light is warmer and direct, and in the evenings, you'll likely be relying on artificial light within a space.
Consider the time you’re in the space the most,. If you don’t get a lot of natural light, opt for light, cool colors as they tend to recede. For rooms with large windows and direct sunlight, consider mid to dark tones to counterbalance.
Leave Colour Selection to the Last Step
It may be tempting to select a paint colour that speaks to you and start covering your walls as the first step in your design process, but paint should actually come later in the decorating process.
It’s much harder—and more expensive—to pick out or change furniture and décor to match a paint color than to do it the other way around.
The Numeric Formula of Colours
In relation to the above suggestion, you want to focus on following the 60:30:10 rule of interior design. The rule recommends using the most dominant colour within the palette for 60 percent of the space, the secondary color for 30 percent of the space, and the accent color for 10 percent of the space.
The palette can flow cohesively from room to room by using common colors in various amounts. For example, if a colour is featured as the dominant color in 60 percent of one room, it can be used as an accent wall or accent colour in an adjoining room.
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