Colors, particularly interior colors, are one of the most important components to a design project. Choosing a color scheme is an important part of the design process as it ultimately conveys a mood or feeling that you want your home to convey.
This post will help you with choosing colors for your home and understanding how some interior designers use color theory in their work. We’ll also be going over what “walls” are and why you should consider them in your color palette.
- Furniture and hard surfaces:
Because tile, carpet, and furniture come in a smaller range of colors than paint, it’s usually best to start there. A balance is important in all color schemes, so if you choose bright textiles for your upholstery, you’ll probably want to tone down the paint color in the space they’ll be in. Pattern and color tiles add a lot of visual interest to a room, but they should be balanced off with more somber or tranquil color palettes. Plainer tiles and stone, on the other hand, are frequently employed as a base material that may be used with either restrained or flamboyant color schemes.
- Mixing colors:
It’s virtually never a smart idea to mix colors in equal amounts. Too much rivalry creates visual chaos, which will drive you away from your home’s befuddled appearance. Choosing a basic base color and 2-3 accent colors tends to work best. With just a few accent colors, you can completely transform the environment. Colors don’t need to compete for surface space, so use them sparingly. Another rule of thumb is to use some white, grey, or brown to help balance out more bright hues.
- Use neutrals:
It’s simple to make several distinct variants within the same family once you’ve chosen a base hue. To make a hue brighter or darker, simply blend it with a neutral. This is referred to as tint, shade, and tone in interior design.
Tint: The process of adding white to a color to make it brighter.
Shade is the process of adding black to a color to make it darker.
Tone: Adding grey to a color to darken it slightly.
Many artists advise playing around with color by mixing paints until you get a sense of how neutrals effect a hue. If you don’t have access to art tools, go to your local home improvement store and pick up a few of those sample color palettes to see an example of tinting and shading.
- Understand color temperature:
Colors are sometimes described as having a temperature. Warm tones may be used in a dining area, whilst your friend’s bedroom may be finished in a chilly color. These temperatures also indicate where on the color wheel the color belongs. Warm hues are commonly described as reds, oranges, and yellows. They are usually more colorful and appear to give a space a sense of energy and intimacy. Blues, purples, and most greens, on the other hand, are chilly hues. They can be utilized to calm a room and create a relaxing atmosphere. When selecting a color temperature for a space, keep the size in mind. In a small space, a warm color can make the space feel cramped. Using cold hues in a large area, on the other hand, may make the space feel claustrophobic.