In line with our recent articles on color and color psychology, we now want to help you put together a comprehensive color palette, which is something we’ve advised a lot of people to do in our blog posts.
Great interior design is conscious and purposefully resembling of your personality, and the colors we choose say a lot about our needs and likes. They also play a huge role in how we feel inside a given space, nobody is exempt from the emotional factors surrounding color.
If you love yellow that’s great for you, but believe us when we tell you that you should not drape your home entirely in that color. Let’s take a look at some tips for creating a great interior design palette.
Start with the furniture
Like we’ve said in previous articles, it’s always easier to paint a wall than to buy a new piece for furniture, it’s also cheaper but it might be a little more time consuming.
It all boils down to what you have the most of: time or money. Your call. For us, furniture will always be the best starting point.
Identify the largest amount of colors or particular textures that you have and start working from there. If you’re furnishing a space for the first time, we already did an article on that! Go check it out.
The emphasis on your existent furniture lies in the fact that you already have a palette waiting for you to use it. From there you can extract what would be your primary color, and also decide if your happy with it.
Then, you have to make a decision depending on the answer. Are you happy with your most featured color? If yes, then work around it to introduce lighter and darker tones of the same color in the surrounding walls, ceiling, and floors.
This is one of the easiest ways to create a quick palette. If the answer’s no, then think about this color as your neutral base and introduce newer colors that are unrelated to it entirely as accents.
Keep reading to learn about pairings. The hard way is selling most of the pieces with the color that you don’t like, and starting from scratch.
Using swatches and pairing colors
Imagine every house’s décor as a fancy and tasty dish that you can cook. In this scenario, you’re the chef.
You have to use a lot of ingredients when cooking, but there will always be staple ingredients that you just can’t do without on your recipe: flour, eggs, protein, whatever acts as a base for the other ingredients like spices, sauces, herbs, etcetera.
You need to have a base color, but you also need to know what works best with it. Color pairings should follow a certain basic rule in color theory, the 60-30-10 rule: 60% for your main color, 30% variants of that base color, and 10% of accent colors.
You can choose a second color that’s closer to your base tone (or opposite to it), and incorporate that into your 60% percent. Let’s say that you chose blue (the world’s favorite) and an ochre yellow as your base colors.
Your 30% should be darker and lighter blues as well as darker and lighter ochres. Your 10% can be everything else: reddish accents, some green, some purple. Whatever you decide.
Another important part of choosing a color palette is being able to try it out, especially when buying furniture.
If you’re looking to get new furniture in a given color scheme, you can have our swatches sent to you to see both the intensity of the shades as well as the feel of the texture.
As a final piece of advice, try to decorate with different shades in a vertical fashion: darker ceiling, medium-light furniture and walls, and clear floors.
You can also try the exact opposite from the ground up. Let your creativity soar and have fun, that’s the most important part. If you need more information about swatches give us a call or send us an email! We’re always happy to hear from you at any time.