Understanding colour rules
I have started preparing course materials for a series of interior design workshops I am planning to run in the Autumn. I think the first one will be on how to pick the perfect colour scheme and incorporate this into a design concept for your room/s, as this is the starting point when planning an interior makeover.
Some people have an “eye for colour ” and instinctively know which colours look good together. Others need to develop a sense of colour and using a colour wheel to understand how different colours interact with each other, is a good place to start.
Primary colours are Red, Blue, Yellow
Secondary colours are made from mixing the primary colours
Tertiary colours are made by mixing a primary with the secondary next to it on the wheel.
Those on the left of the wheel(roughly from yellow-green to violet). Use to create a calming atmosphere so often used in bedrooms.
Those on the right of the wheel. Use to create a stimulating, cosy atmosphere so works well in living and dining rooms.
Take inspiration from objects or fabrics that you love, perhaps a favourite painting, rug, vase, and build a scheme around it. Travel can also inspire-think about colours and forms associated with Japanese interiors, for example.
If you have existing furnishings that you want to incorporate into your scheme, this will restrict your choice of paint, On the upside though, it does give you a starting point. Make sure you take a picture of your furniture or sample of your fabric with you when you go paint shopping.
What atmosphere do you want to create?
Decide whether you want to create an earthy and organic feel, faded vintage look or bright and modern feel – what best reflects the variety of objects you own and your personality? For an earthy scheme, pick colours that are prevalent in nature like terracotta or ochre, for a vintage scheme choose muted shades, while for a modern look choose an intense palette of colours like magenta, cyan, violet or lime green (although not all together!).
Understand the effect of tone
If you want to create a relaxing space, opt for a harmonious or tonal colour scheme. This is where you choose colours that are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel, and combine naturally to create a balanced effect. A tonal scheme is where you choose several shades of the same colour. Selecting two or more shades from the same segment of the colour wheel or picking several colours from the same stripe card will result in a harmonious scheme.
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By Anthea Gray