Home Interior Tips – A Guide to Colours

Home Interior Tips – A Guide to Colours

Colour has the potential to transform your space and set the mood for your home.

There is no rule book for choosing the perfect palette; it will depend on the style you are trying to achieve and the area you are designing. Selecting the colours you want in your home can be a difficult task, especially if you are starting from scratch. This guide will also be useful if you are renovating or looking to spruce up your property styling to attract buyers.

This blog will offer tips to help you select the colour that best suits your design preference and the style of the space you are styling. It will also help guide you on the colour principles, so you can combine colours in a complementary manner, elevating your space, so it shines.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, renter or are looking to sell your property and want to make it attractive for prospective buyers; we hope this information will be of use when choosing a colour palette for your property.

 

Where to start?

  • Existing architectural elements such as flooring and fixed features that are harder to alter should form the basis of the colour scheme you select.
  • A colour wheel is helpful when making any colour selection, as it makes it easy to visualise how colours can be combined.
  • This one goes without saying, but if you are renovating or moving into a home, ensure you personally like the colours that you choose rather than following trends.
  • Add depth to your palette with light and dark shades for a balanced look and feel.
  • Don’t be afraid to be flamboyant but do so with moderation. Avoid combing more than one or two colours that are bold as they compete with one another.

 

A guide to colour combinations

Primary colours

Known as primary colours, blue, yellow and red are the only three colours which all colours come from. When mixed with black or white, you get lighter or darker variations of these colours. Primary colours, with the exception of blue, are warm.

Neutral colours

Neutral tones such as white, grey or beige are ideal for achieving light and airy space.

Monochrome

A monochromatic colour palette uses various hues of the same colour, and it is easy to execute and visually impressive. Incorporate different tones and patterns to add texture and avoid the colour falling flat.  A monochrome palette creates a sense of drama to space and makes use of cooler hues such as muted tones of grey, black or white.

Warm vs cool colours

Warm colours include shades of red, orange and yellow. While blue, green and purple are cool colours. Cool tones usually have a relaxing and calming effect, while warm colours are more vibrant and inviting.

Considering every person has different inclinations and style preferences, there is no go-to for the perfect palette. Your colour scheme should complement your interior’s style, personality and existing furniture/decor.