I know perfectly the excitment and anxiety of going to a new place. You start to imagine everything so perfectly. Where the furniture is going to be, wich table to buy, how you are going to decorate your coffe table, then you remind that you saw a very cool sofa a few weeks ago and it would fit perfectly etc… But then you realize that you feel the space kind of empty. And here is where the real struggle comes in. THE WALLS. Wich color are you going to paint them? Blue? Pink? Or even white? Well, I’m here to say “adiós” to this horrible situation. First of all, coming up with a color scheme or color pallet isn’t as hard as it looks like… I’m totally sure that in the end of this post you will come up with a color pallet that is perfect and suited for you. So lets start!
By the way, to help you “visualize” the colors you can gab a paper and color pencils or pens, but you can also use the computer.
Choose a dominant color
The dominant color is going to be kind of the “launching point” to other colors. This color is usually a neutral, but since that this is all about making the room interesting don’t be afraid to use a more strong or vibrant color. If you don’t even know the color you want to start with just choose your favorite color, if you think that doesn’t look good make it a little more neutral, but have in mind the style of the room. Seeing color properties is also a good starting point. Colors effect our mood, try to choose one depending on the room you want to use it, for example if the room is a bedroom you may want to use green because it transmits tranquility and health.
They usually are the opposite of one another in order to create some contrast and depth. Cool or warm, bold or soft are the most used pairs of accents colors, but you can also use one of each. They also should balance the dominant color. For example, if your dominant color is magenta, you may want to use grey and a green-ish dark blue.
Right now you only have 3 colors, 1 dominant and 2 accent colors. To complete and finish your color scheme add shades of the accent colors. Try one shade lighter and one shade darker. This is the easyest and quickest method, and more importantly, it looks good! Do this for each accent color. So now you have 1 dominant color, 2 accent colors and 4 shades of it, this adds up to 7 colors in total! Color pallet complete!
Remember that the lighting and the view to outside make the colors flow and “change” through the day. Don’t make a boring division were everything is always the same or thats looks to forced to be that way. A great way to use the varying shades of your accent colors is in patterns and textures on decor pieces and furniture. This will add richness and depth. Don’t be afraid to step the edge a little bit.
It told you it was easy, and no one will ever know that your room only has 3 colors. You’re welcome…