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Choosing a colour scheme for your home

When choosing a colour scheme for a room in your home, there are many things to consider to ensure it's a cohesive, thoughtful design. Most people choose a colour because they like it without considering its context and then don't know how to correctly balance it in a particular room. Here I hope to demystify the process and get you closer to that cohesive Interior Design for your home.


Let's start with choosing the main paint colour.


What is the natural light level in the room?


Is the room south facing? Does it get a lot of light throughout the day? If it does, your options are certainly wider but that doesn't mean you can't make an impact in darker rooms or narrow hallways. If the room is dark, consider a bold colour. Painting the walls white won't bounce light around if there isn't any!


Colours also look very different on different walls of a room depending on the light direction so remember that when looking a paint samples. You'll want to see it in each direction to ensure it's the one you want.


Bold blue modern Victorian Hallway
LR Interiors - Hallway Design

What is the function of the room?


Ultimately the room has a purpose and the colour should match that! I personally find it difficult to imagine why some people choose bright, intense colours for a kitchen for example. I think kitchens should either be clean or cosy and that depends on how it's used! If it's simply a functional space for cooking you want to ensure it's easy to clean and kept clutter free which would suggest simpler neutral colours. If it is the heart of the home and used for entertaining then a muted cosy colour may work better. See below about colour theory for more on this!


What colours do you like?


It's important that you like the colour of course but don't rule out anything but your favourite shade of blue! When venturing into new colour territory, try a muted shade of a colour you wouldn't normally choose. A bold purple becomes a calming lavender. It's much more palatable and may give you the confidence to try something new.


What colours are throughout the rest of the house?


Are there any themes building throughout your home? Do you love warm neutrals or pops of colour? Could you use a colour from one room as the accent in the next? You could consider this the start of your style and build on that when you renovate a new room. This will help your home feel timeless and not just going along with the latest trends.


Consider colour theory if you're stuck for ideas.


Colours evoke certain emotions. Blue and green are calming. Yellow and orange energetic for example.


Below is my own colour emotions guide for you to use to help you decide what sort of feeling you want to evoke in your home.

A range of colours shown with the emotions those colours evoke

Once you've asked yourself these questions you should be able to land on an overarching colour for the room.


Using the 60/30/10 rule to create a full colour scheme.


The basic consideration for a colour scheme is breaking the room down into percentages of 60%, 30% and 10%. Each percentage could be made up with a range of hues within the same family.


Consider the image below. The 60% would be the pink/beige hues. The 30% is the striking red and the 10% is that bright little pop of yellow. This creates a balanced colour scheme and will help you when thinking about the basics of colour use in your home!

A pink, red and yellow lounge interior scheme
COAT Persipan and Percy Flat Matt - Image from @swoonworthyblog

Now you know all about choosing a colour scheme, why not download my free Mood Board Guide that will take you through the steps to creating your own Interior Design Scheme. Sign up to my mailing list to receive it real soon!

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