interior color scheme is the most fundamental part of home decorating ideas.
But because there's a huge choice, it can also be a major worry.
You can get lots of
advice on how to select the 'right' color scheme for your home or individual
room. The problem with this approach is that there is no 'right' scheme! If you
are convinced that somewhere out there lies the perfect interior color scheme
for your particular needs and all you have to do is to 'discover' it, then I'm
afraid you'll be disappointed.
If you want your
home to be your home, then put in a little work at this stage. It's not
difficult, and you'll quickly learn about color and you.
Find your likes
One of the best
things you can ever do is to discover your own likes and dislikes in both color
and style. And there's a really simple way to do it.
Step #1 : Collection
Collect together as many
illustrations as you can on interior design color. Books, magazines, brochures
- as many as you can find. Magazines in particular are very useful, as you can
cut out any interior color ideas which appeal to you. Ask your friends, they
may have stacks of magazines there are only too pleased to get rid of.
Step #2 : Selection
Once you have a good collection,
make a note of all the illustrations which appeal to you. Don't analyze them at
this stage; if you like a picture for whatever reason just put it to one side.
To make this exercise even more effective, put all the illustrations you like
away for a day at two, then bring them all out and examine them. You'll
probably find that there are some which really stand out. Ask yourself why you
like these in particular.
Step #3 : Color
You may notice that you tend to like
certain color shades, such as red or blue, and most of the pictures have
variations of these colors in them. Or they may have contrasting colors, giving
vibrant effects. You should start to notice similarities in the illustrations
you have chosen, giving you a good indication of the sort of interior color
scheme you're most comfortable with.
Step #4 : Style
It may be that you not only like the
colors, but also the styles. The room settings may be traditional, or may have
an eclectic look, with furnishings from a variety of periods cleverly mixed to
give a complete and satisfying effect. Just look at the illustrations and think
about them. You'll find you begin to form your own opinion of what you like,
and develop an interior color scheme you're happy with.
Here are some
other ideas to help you with your color choices :
a habit of observing and thinking about a particular interior color scheme
which appeal to you. It could involve a rug, painting or patterned fabric.
Note the main color, then all the hues and tones which together make up
the interior color scheme.
from nature. Look at the colors of the countryside, especially in the
fall. Look at the clouds on a blustery day; they are full of subtle color
variations. In fact, you can do this with any scene which at first glance
seems mundane and uninteresting. You'll start to see color everywhere, and
how the varying tones all work well together.
preferences. Some people simply hate green. Others love pink or coral. Go
with your emotional reaction to color, and build on it.
sample boards. When you have chosen all your ingredients for the room -
flooring, wall covering, fabrics etc - put samples of each of them
together on a board. Stand back and look at the combination. It will then
be easy to see if anything doesn't look right.
Wouldn’t it be great to preview color combinations on your house, before spending a lot of money on paint?
You can, with a virtual painting program called Color Style Studio. Just point and click to see rooms,
furnishings, and house exteriors in so many different colors. Use this program to explore possibilities,
then test spot your chosen paints in a small area. Visit the home page of this software for more information.