Find a Perfect Balance :: Colours

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been showing you ways to find a perfect balance within your home, for complete harmony and revitalisation. In this post, we’re delving a little deeper and helping you to find your inner-zen, not with products or offers but through the use of colour.

We’ve previously touched upon the power of green within the home in an earlier post, but now we want to show you how to create an interior design that works, using more than just one colour.

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How to Choose Colour

When you visit a house, you’ll probably notice that each room tends to have one domineering hue throughout, but when deciding which for our own home, it can be a struggle. You need to be aware of the space that you’re putting each colour into and aware that it’s fit for purpose. We don’t mean that a bedroom has a bed and an office a desk, but being conscious of the colours that complement that space. Take the bedroom or example; it’s somewhere that we want to relax and sleep so using stimulating hues is a no-go, but they could work very well in a kitchen. Consider the psychologies of colours before you reach for the paintbrush:

Red: Passion, Energy     Yellow: Joy, Cheerfulness     Blue: Tranquility, Peace

Green: Growth, Relaxation     Orange: Excitement, Enthusiasm     Purple: Creativity, Spirituality

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How to Create a Scheme

Now that we’ve established a colour starting point, it’s time to put it to good use. People often find it difficult to find the complementary shades of a colour but it’s actually very easy!  All you have to do is create a triangle. That’s it! You don’t even need to dig out the protractor or start doing trigonometry.

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The Triadic colour scheme is the easiest of the two. Find your starting colour, then count out the fourth colour around the wheel, and then again until you have your trio. That’s it, you have your colour scheme.  Easy Peasy isn’t it?

If you want to play your tones a little safer, then the Split-Complementary scheme should help you, with no issues. Find your desired colour. Find the shade that’s completely opposite from it. Ignore this colour, but instead find the shades that sit either side. You should find that this creates a scheme that’s slightly more relaxed than using just the direct opposite, as each of your new colours are a step closer to your starting point.

Next find out how to create the perfect balance with your chosen colour scheme…

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How to Find a Perfect Balance

We’re lovers of colourful interiors and quite frankly we’re not avid fans of wholly-neutral or white-washed homes. They fail to give the space a sense of personality and tend to feel quite cold. This is why we stick to the rule of three; with the 60:30:10 directive. It’s pretty simple, your room/space should be made up of 3 colours, set out in the above proportions, from within the Triadic Colour Scheme or the Split-Complementary Colour Scheme.

A whopping 60% of the scheme should be devoted to a ‘dominant’ shade. If you’re new to colour design, then as a general rule of thumb your dominant colour should be a soft neutral-like tone. Next, use another 30% on the ‘secondary’ colour. This is usually more saturated than the dominant tone and can be in the form of a feature wall or large piece of furniture. To finish off the interior design, the remaining 10% is an ‘accent’ colour. This tends to be vivid and attractive in nature, and many designers suggest using the warmer tones. Think smaller furniture, like a futon, or oversized ornaments. To round off the scheme, use all three colours and their varying shades for the finishing touches and accessories spread across the space.

 

Have you already decorated your home using any of the methods indicated above? Let us know and send in your photos, we’d love to have a look!

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