Best Interior Color Schemes
Don’t know how to pick out the best interior color schemes? I encourage you to continue reading for some great tips that will help you pick out a color scheme you can live with. Designing a look for your space is so much fun and allows you to really show your personality. Furniture choices and decor speak volumes about your individuality. You can create a space for entertaining, relaxation or even study with just a few touches of you.
Before choosing the furniture, the carpet and flooring or even the pillows there is a decision that needs to be made. It all begins with color. Color is the basis to any design and choosing the right color scheme is essential to bringing it all together.
I am sure there are a few questions and fears that keep you from choosing a color. It can be overwhelming but it is doable. Here are a few questions and fears that keep people from changing or finishing their design:
- Where do I start?
- What colors work well together?
- What if I don’t like it after I paint it?
All of these questions and more are normal and my hope is that after reading this article you will find some clarity, become confident in your choices and begin to create a space that is perfect for you and your family.
There are so many colors to choose from so how do you choose the right colors? Let’s start with the basics.
The Color Wheel is the best place to start when trying to identify any color scheme. It is a circle of color which organizes color hues and shows the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Primary colors by definition are any group of colors from which other colors can be formed by mixing together. This means no primary color can be broken down any further and are the purest pigment forms. Color begins with them. Primary colors are Red, Yellow and Blue.
As you may have guessed it secondary colors are born out of the primary colors. These are created by mixing each of the primary colors. Secondary colors are Orange, Purple and Green.
Lastly, we have tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are colors derived from mixing a primary with a color in its color family. For instance, mixing Yellow and Orange will make Yellow/Orange. Possible color combinations are limitless but understanding the color wheel and the relationship between colors will help when choosing the best color scheme for your space.
A few years ago I had a leaky roof, worn out carpet and the walls were in need of some new paint. As a result of a bad storm the roof fell through in one of the rooms and ruined what was left of the carpet. This disaster was enough to get me inspired.
A disaster doesn’t have to happen to get inspired. Take a look at the sky and the world around you. It is full of colors and color schemes. What makes you feel good? What are your favorite colors? Take a look in your closet, what do you see? What colors do you wear most? Dress your room in what you would dress your body in. If the color is something that you feel is overwhelming and would not look good as the dominant color then use it to accent or in area rug color schemes.
Possible Color Schemes
There are a few color schemes that I think you should be aware of that will make it easier to come up with a fantastic color pallet. Color schemes are a group of colors and their relationship to each other in respect to the color wheel. Their relationship and the way they are put together can be appealing or appalling. So before being accosted by the color scheme when entering the room, let’s take a look at a few color scheme definitions.
Monochromatic– Variations, hues, tints of one color.
Take One Color and Rock It!
Make one of your favorite colors the dominant color and then add accents that have variations of that color throughout the space. This is a good way to stay consistent and cohesive. It’s appealing to the eye and you don’t run the risk of creating a color disaster that will make you avoid that room like the plague.
Complementary-Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.
These colors can be difficult to pair together because of the vast differences. But when done correctly can produce an exciting color scheme that will have your guests rethinking their design choices. When using complementary colors choose a dominant color and accent with the other so that you will not overwhelm the space. You can also use a bold print or pattern and complement it with contrasting pillows to give your space that needed flare.
Third Time’s The Charm!
Triadic color schemes are 3 colors separate from each other on the color spectrum. When choosing to go with this scheme it is good to use a color shade as the dominant color and add flowers and pillows for the accent colors. This will give balance to the room and won’t offend your guests as they walk in.
If this method is too risky for you, then try the 60-30-10 rule. It is a formula that has been tested over time and serves as a general rule when choosing the best color schemes. It goes a little something like this. 60 percent should be a dominant color while 30 percent should be a secondary color and 10 percent should serve as the accent colors. Paint your walls using the 60 percent and then apply the 30 percent for furnishings and coverings and 10 percent for pillows, throws, wall decor and floral arrangements.
The Choice Is Yours
Remember when decorating your space you are the author. You can make it what you want because your space is an extension of you. The proper color scheme will highlight your individuality and all the things that make you great. So go grab a bucket and let your personality shine through. Happy Decorating!