Interior design: Choosing a colour for your home

Posted on May 23 2018 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark

Don’t you find that when it comes down to decorating, picking the colour scheme for your home is a super challenge? All of a sudden you become so overwhelmed by choice that you’ve no idea where to start. It can take a lot of psyching up to do to go ahead and decorate so to try and make the process a little easier on you; we’ve shared some ideas on how to be inspired to find the right colour for you.

Be influenced by the experts

Pantone are regarded as the experts of colour. In fact, they’re so influential that they determine the ‘colour of the year’ twice yearly to represent the major seasonal differences which influences a myriad of sectors. The Pantone institution and other representatives of the colour standards group meet to debate the colour of the year which influences the fashion houses and seasonal catwalks, the trends and themes for interior designers; as well as beauty, technology and many of the other goods we see in the high street stores.

The process to pick a colour of the year is actually quite complex; it takes into consideration the economic, political, environmental factors as well as fashions and previous seasons. The resulting colour is set to inspire not just our consumption but general feelings too.

Colour matching

Colour matching has come a long way; no longer do you have to settle for second best! You can therefore take inspiration from anywhere, so long as you’re able to take a sample of the desired colour into store to have the paint mixed. It may be tempting to take a photo to the local DIY store but since photos can alter the light of the item being photographed, the chances are, you’ll not be getting the colour you hope for. Instead, always take in a physical object that can be scanned to replicate. If it is a colour from an existing wall, you could always see if it is possible to chip off a bit of plaster to take in.

Colour palettes

If you’re looking for synergy in your colour scheme you’ll want to look to colour palettes. Finding complementary colours is an art in itself since when deciding between a plethora of colour, clashing is more than probable.  However, you don’t need a colour expert to help you understand what will work and won’t. Pinterest is an excellent source for colour palettes. Many wonderful individuals have shared their expertise to help you look at complimentary colours. So if you’ve a base colour in mind, let’s use the colour of the year- Ultraviolet (search term ultraviolet colour palettes) – as an example; you can pull up lots of sources to inspire the colours that will compliment it. If you don’t have your base colour in mind, simply search for colour palettes and you’ll have plenty of ideas to inspire.

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