Choose Colours like a Pro
The importance of colour in Interior Design
Cannot be more understated. Colour gives edge and character. It defines the form. Ready to learn more? Here are a few rules used by renovation contractors:
The 60-30-10 rule
60-30-10 is a great way to decide on which colours they should be, and in what amount.
the first, 60%, is the dominant colour. This is most of the room, and should be a colour easy to the eye. Cool colours that are high in white content, ie off-whites like cream, ivory, vanilla or egg shell.
the next 30% is the secondary colour. This is usually equivalent to the furniture in the room. This includes bedframes, any feature walls, tables and wardrobes
The last 10% is the exciting accent colour. Whereas the 60% and 30% colours are analogous, the accent colour is on the other side of the colour wheel.
Using the 60-30-10 gives a harmonious, well-designed look. One can imagine it in most spaces. Imagine a dress or even nature. Most of a flower is green (60%), with a few shades of complimentary colours (30%) and accent-bearing flowers (10%).
An interesting variation is the 60-15-15-10 rule, where the 30% of the secondary colour is split into two. This way, you can use two shades of the same secondary colour. This addition makes everything more interesting and doesn’t out-colour the space while actually adding one colour.
Use a colour wheel
A colour wheel creates 2 types of colour schemes.
The first is complementary colour schemes. These colours are opposite on the colour wheel. Being opposite, they create an interesting contrast and tension.
Analogous colour schemes are colours next to each other on the colour wheel. These create a calm, synchronized combination. Together, they create a more minimal, calming effect.
Pick the easier colours to play with
Certain colours are just a lot of hassle to get right and match. However, easy colours such as grey, brown and off-white colours are both easy to get right, and pleasing to the eye. These colours are suited to cover large amounts of space, such as your living room.
Have some black or white
With black or white, your other colours naturally stand out. The visual eye catches the black or white to juxtapose against the rest of the colours. You could think of it as the 60-30-9-1 rule. The little bit of black creates a big difference.
Re-use a colour to connect rooms
Different rooms can be made unitary through a colour. A repeated colour, used in different rooms, will connect them. Walking through your house, a visit will find that special colour familiar, restated expressively in another space.
Ceiling, wall and ground colours are best made heavier and heavier. Some say this imitates nature. The ceiling should be the brightest like the sky while the ground is the floor and should be dark. Try darkening tones from top to bottom. Otherwise, a good alternative tip, if you don’t buy the nature argument, is to have not too heavy the space on all 3 elements.
Try detecting some
Here are some pictures showing elements of what we’ve talked about. Try to spot them: