Whether you’re redecorating your home or planning a completely new build, choosing colours can be one of the most daunting aspects to get just right.
From external and internal colours right down to upholstery, textiles and artworks, choosing the right colour palette for your home will not only influence the overall aesthetic, but can also impact our emotions and the experience we have within the space, too.
So with this being said, how do you determine which colours will be the best fit for your home? Being interior designers, we’ve worked with plenty of homes (and various colour palettes!) so have a pretty good eye for what does and doesn’t work.
Keep reading for some tips and tricks along with some colour palette inspiration to get you started!
Keep it cohesive
Creating a balanced and cohesive palette is one of the most important aspects you need to think about when working with colour. Each of your chosen colours should complement each other and work seamlessly together throughout each area of your household - from your front door right through to your guest bathroom.
To create a cohesive colour palette, start with a base (or your primary colours) and then build on this next with secondary and accent colours. Whites and soft neutral tones (greys, taupes, cool browns and ivory) are perfect for base colours as they work well with most secondary and accent colours, too.
To ensure your colour scheme is balanced throughout your home, you might also want to consider the 60:30:10 rule - your dominant colour making up 60%, your secondary colour making up 30%, and your accent colours making up 10%. Balance and cohesion are crucial, because too much of the one colour can feel overwhelming, but too many different colours can be jarring to the eye.
It can be tricky trying to visualise how different colours will actually work together, which is why we love to create both physical and digital mood boards for our interior design projects. Using different samples and swatches, we can play around with different colour palettes and allow our clients to see the overall “scheme” before making any commitments. Vision boards and mood boards are a great way to easily see which colours work well together, and which ones might be clashing!
Consider the aesthetic of your home
Secondary and accent tones are the perfect way to inject a pop of colour into your home styling, but which colours will best suit the vision you have in mind for your home?
Think about the overall “aesthetic” you’re hoping to achieve throughout your home styling, whether that’s Hamptons-style, edgy and industrial, or Scandinavian-inspired. What colours make sense for that setting?
For example, a coastal home would work best with accents of cool blues, teals and sand, a bohemian home would work better with deep browns and rich earthy hues, while a Scandinavian home would suit a monochromatic palette of white, grey and timber. Pinterest is a great tool to search for colour palette inspiration for your chosen “aesthetic”, or for more in-depth assistance you might consider booking a colour consultation with a qualified interior designer. (Learn more about our interior design services here!)
Use furniture and decor
Once you’ve decided on your chosen colour palette, it’s time to start bringing this to life throughout your home design. Paint colours, fixtures and finishes can seem like a big “permanent” decision to make - so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you might choose to keep these elements neutral and bring your accent colours in through less-permanent elements like furniture, textiles and artwork instead.
Keep the 60:30:10 rule in mind again to create a balanced space - too many competing colours in one room will feel confusing. For example, if you choose a living room sofa with colourful upholstery, you might want to keep things neutral with your coffee table and rug to balance this out. On the flipside, if you’ve chosen a neutral sofa, you can then bring in accent colours with a statement artwork, patterned rug or colourful accessories. It’s all about balance!
One final tip: choose colours that make you feel restful, relaxed, calm and happy - rather than just following the latest “trends”. Colours really do have the power to influence our mood, so work with a peaceful palette that will stand the test of time while also creating a space you genuinely love to spend time in!
Currently redecorating or planning an upcoming build? We specialise in colour selections and would love to help you create a beautiful home. See our recent interior design projects right here, or get in touch for more information on our interior design services.