Colours are symbolic in nature. Everything on earth is colourful, and uncovers a treasure of symbolism.
At home, you can express yourself by way of colours. Be it living room , dining area, the bed room, kids room, bathroom or even the lobby/verandah etc.
It’s fun to play with colours and the more you understand them, you will fall in love them. These questions and decorating tips will help you choose colours and create an interior Colour scheme with confidence.
Before you begin, ask yourself these questions.
Purpose of the space?
The first thing to do is to decide what the room or space is to be used for. Before you select any Colour, remember that whatever colours you choose will set the tone or mood of the room. For example, busy room like a family room can often handle a bolder Colour scheme, and needless to say, a room that will be inhabited by children doesn’t work well with colours that will easily show dirt.
Lighting in the space?
Brighter rooms can often handle darker colours better, and a light Colour scheme can visually brighten a dark room. If you are partial to dark colours but you have a small space, it’s inexpensive to add more lighting to complement your space and Colour scheme.
Scale of the room?
Small rooms look larger with a neutral or light Colour palette, but larger rooms can usually handle larger amounts of Colour. Also, rooms with high ceilings may feel cold with a neutral or pale Colour scheme. A split Colour scheme can be used to visually “break” a long, narrow room, while painting the walls, moldings and ceiling all one Colour can visually lengthen a small space.
Furnishings and decor exist already?
This is completely opposite of how the pros go about decorating a room. It is much easier to choose a Colour scheme based on existing furniture and decor instead of painting first and then trying to make everything else match the paint.
It’s extremely important that your Colour scheme complement the existing flow of your space. If you don’t have a focal point in your room, establish this first. Colour can be used to create a focal point, so if this is part of your plan, consider this as you choose your colours.
Before you charge ahead with a Colour scheme, consider the rest of your home. If you can see a room or a connecting area from the space you are decorating, it is considered part of the "decor" so this space should coordinate with it. Not that everything in your home has to be matchy-matchy, but there should be a nice flow between rooms and spaces.
I saved the most important question for last, because regardless of how much your room begs for bold Colour, if you are introverted and feel overwhelmed in rooms with a lot of pattern and Colour, you should not go with a lot of bright colours and big prints in your home. If your personality is as big as the moon, you may quickly get bored with a Colour palette full of soft pastels, no matter how small or quaint your studio apartment is.
However, that doesn’t mean that you must have a boring room to complement your quiet and reserved personality. (Quiet and reserved personalities are definitely not boring! I should know since I married one of those.) Softer personalities do tend to thrive in softer Colour palettes with smaller prints, and vice versa.
As you choose your Colour scheme, don’t neglect to consider your personality and design style.