How to select colours for your home like a PRO
Colours are part of our everyday life, they make the world interesting and beautiful. Just imagine if everything was greyscaled or just like raccoons and bats that see everything in black and white and shades of grey how boring will that be?
We combine colours every day in our dressing and styling, sometimes successful some other times it’s a complete mess. The Wedding colours, colours for your new business, colour for your bedroom or living room etc. in one of my YouTube videos I explained colour selection and colour psychology, you should also check that video out.
A lot of people ask, how do I choose a colour for interior design? What colours go together for interior design? We’ll touch all that in a bit, but firstly...
What is the Colour Scheme?
A colour scheme is the choice of colours used in various artistic and design contexts. it’s a careful selection and combination of colours used to create an aesthetically pleasing space. it's easier to select a single colour but a combination may not be as easy, We select colours based on feelings and needs and aesthetics. In this post, I’m going to show you how to combine colours for any space like a pro and this is especially for your interiors because that's what Eunicon Interior is most concerned about, helping you fix and beautify your own space.
You must have learnt colour basics or colour theory but if you haven’t you need to know that there are primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Primary colours are natural colours that cannot be created by combining any other colours and they are red, blue and yellow.
Green, orange and purple are secondary colours and they are obtained from mixing primary colours while tertiary colours are obtained from a mix of both primary and secondary colours.
There are 6 ways to combine any colours you love to create an amazing space or design, a nice flier or even a great outfit. trust me you can never go wrong with any of these colour schemes.
Just so you, I’d be referring to the colour wheel a lot here and how to use a colour wheel. so come along and take a ride with me.
Watch the video here how to combine colours like a pro
6 Colour Schemes / Combination
1. Monochromatic colour scheme: I’m sure you have heard me casually talk about monochrome in a couple of my videos and this is the simplest, it’s simply selecting one colour and using the tints shades and tone of the colour in the same space. So a Tint of a colour is when you add white to it, a shade is when you add black to it and a tone is an addition of grey which makes the hue less vibrant. The monochromatic scheme creates unity and makes your interior space cohesive; it works best when you incorporate textures and prints into your interior design.
2. Complementary colour scheme: have you heard the phrase opposite attracts? This combination involves only 2 colours in the wheel.it involves selecting 2 colours from the opposite sides of the colour wheel. So the first thing to do is select the colour you want to use and then pick what's opposite it, the colours can be spread equally within the space or one can be a primary colour and the other an accent colour. This is kinda the easiest combination we consciously or unconsciously use in our home decor.
3. Analogous colour scheme: in this scheme, you select 3 colours that follow each other on the colour wheel and because of the closeness they are likely to look alike and flow seamlessly but for this, it’s best not to spread the colours evenly, select a primary and make the others accent. aim to incorporate the 60,30 and 10 rule which states that 60% of the room should be a dominant colour, 30% should be the secondary colour or texture and the last 10% should be an accent. This simply makes selecting a colour for your home interior very easy.
4. Triadic colour scheme: this colour scheme also involves 3 colours that are equally spaced from one another on the colour wheel. This selection provides strong contrast and at first thought, it may look unlikely to work but placing it together and actually designing with this will come out popping. Hey, Who doesn't like a popping home interior? Try this out.
5. Split complementary colour scheme: Split complementary is a variation of the complementary colour scheme but instead of the 2 colours this split complementary is a mixture of 3 colours. Here you select a primary colour and 2 other colours, combine them with the 2 colours that sit directly adjacent to its complementary colour without choosing the complementary colour itself. This is a heavily contrasted scheme and you will, however, need some confidence to pull this off. If you have tried this before, I’d like to know how it went.
6. Tetradic colour scheme: this is about the most contrasting colour scheme and it involves 2 sets of complementary colours, making 4 colours in total. it is also called a rectangle selection because it kind of forms a rectangle on the colour wheel. If not properly mixed it can be chaotic especially when it’s equally applied. To be safe with this colour scheme, choose a dominant and let the others act as accent colours.
How to pick a colour scheme
- If it’s a new space without any items in it, pick a single colour you love or that your client has chosen and then build on it using a colour scheme.
- For your current space or where you already have some items, use the largest item and boldest colour to determine what scheme to go with.
- Take a cue from your clothes, what do you like to wear? What colour dominates your wardrobe. This is an easy way to select your primary colour.
The knowledge of this will make you aware of the colours around you and even appreciate them more, it will also make it easy for you to select a colour combination with ease for your new home or office. Your interior designing game will also be top-notch because you don't have to overthink anymore.
Ok guys, have fun designing and I’d love to read from you too, so please drop a comment question or contribution to this article.