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Tips and tricks for choosing an interior colour scheme for your home

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Oftentimes one of the hardest parts of dressing up the interior of your home is selecting and implementing a new interior colour palette. The project can seem daunting and time consuming — but it doesn’t have to be. In today’s blog post, we share five ideas on how to stop stressing and start thinking like an interior designer.

red couch

Start big

Choose colours for the largest, most central room and work your way from there. It could be a living room, entryway, dining room or kitchen. If you’re really stuck, going with a neutral tone here can make selecting colours in other areas easier.

Light to dark, up to down

Following this simple formula can make any space look inviting. For example, if you have royal blue rug, try a gentler co of blue for the walls and white for the ceilings. This actually mimics nature itself — think soil on the ground, trees above and the bright coloured sky overhead.

colour wheel

Complement rather than clash

Remember, there should be a feeling of cohesiveness as you move from room to room inside the house. This is especially important for those on the same floor. If repainting the walls, gather together the desired swatches and refer to a colour wheel to confirm they all complement one another.

Three’s the limit

Limiting the palette to three colours in a given space is usually a sound strategy. A couple of ideas: purple, green and orange give a bohemian vibe, while red, yellow and blue adds some spice. Pick a single hue to be dominant and mute the other two to avoid an intensity overload.

60-30-10

Adding to the tip above, separate the triad of colors to be applied in a room into the ratio of 60-30-10 for optimum balance. The primary colour (60 per cent) will be used for the walls, secondary (30 per cent) for upholstery and accents (10 per cent) for small pieces of furniture and accessories.

By Benjamin Yong

November 27, 2018

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