Choosing a Colour Scheme

June 2011

A colour scheme is one of the first decisions to be made when re-designing a room. Yet the sheer variety of paints, wall coverings and fabrics now available can make a headache out of what should be an enjoyable part of the transformation process.

Here’s our quick guide to helping you make the right choice.

  • What style is your property?  Whether it’s a newly built family home or an old, period property choose a colour in keeping with its age and character.
  • If there are already items in the room which you’re not planning to replace – the carpet, for example - use their colour as your ‘base’ and work from there.
  • Consider the decor you have in other parts of the house.  Although each room should have its individual look you will get a better overall effect if you try to make it all work together. 
  • Decide what mood you want to create.  Will your room be fresh and funky, rich and sumptuous, calming or traditional?  This will help you choose the right tones.
  • As a general guide, choose three colours for your room - two in complimentary tones and one colour for accent.  Often, designers will source accessories in the accent colour.
  • Don’t be afraid to consider materials with pattern and texture, these help create a more interesting and stylish look.
  • Gather together some paint and wallpaper samples and fabric swatches and play mix ‘n’ match on a plain surface (like your kitchen table).  Enjoy experimenting and let your imagination run!
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