3 Easy formulas for a successful colour scheme

Creating a colour scheme that flows through your room can be a bit tricky.

It can have you second guessing yourself and cause a fair amount of stress.

So here are some ways to help make this job easier, and who knows, you may actually enjoy it!

Colour formulas

There are a few different formulas you can use to help you create colour harmony throughout a room or your home.  

The first thing you should , think about is what type of colour scheme do you want?  Do you want subtle, muted colours or a dynamic effect.

Once you have decided that, try using one of the following colour formulas to select colours and bring them all together.

1. Colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel (Analogous)

Select 2-3 colours that sit next to each other on the colourwheel, e.g. Orange, red-orange, and yellow-orange.  Pick one as your main colour, the one you will use in the largest quantities, and use the other 2 as accents or in smaller amounts.  

Mix it up with different tones of each colour, use a pale, tinted version, a muted version and a darker version.  This will add interest to the colour scheme and prevent it from looking boring.  

You could also select a different main colour for each room and create interest that way.

Analogous colours

A monochromatic colour scheme.

If you have one colour that you love, you might want to use just that colour throughout your home.  Again, use variations of the colour to bring contrast and interest into your home.  An example of this is using a dark blue, mid blue, a light blue, a pale blue and a greyed blue and vary the intensity of your colours.

For a more dramatic look, use greater contrast in the lightness and darkness of the colours.

You can use different textures and finishes to bring this colour scheme to life.

You may also consider adding a complementary colour as an accent in some rooms to create some contrast and liven it up.

Read more on monochromatic colour here

Monochromatic colour scheme

Complementary colours (opposite each other on the colour wheel)

Complementary colours can be used to create impact and really liven up your home.

Use low contrast to create a subtle colour scheme. Muted tones of each colour is easy to work with.  Think tans and bluish greys.

For more drama, use stronger colours with greater contrast between them. For example, an intense cyan blue paired with a chocolate brown.

Complementary Colours

Neutral colours

Grey, beige, greige, white and black are still very popular colour schemes, and are great if you want a timeless look.

When working with a neutral colour scheme you should use different tones to create interest. If you only use one tone you run the risk of your colour scheme looking dull and boring. Include lots of texture also, to bring interest into your room.

Decide on whether you want to use warm or cool neutrals. If you are using cool neutrals you can add timber or metallic finishes to add warmth to the colour scheme.

Neutral colours

These formulas can be applied to any space or to an entire home's colour scheme.

By selecting one of these colour combinations you can create a lovely effect that has interesting variation but flows rhythmically through your home.

In the comments below let me know if you have followed one of these formulas before and if worked well for you.

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Happy decorating.

 Trudi x

November 9th, 2017

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