Updated: Oct 20, 2020
Have you wondered how many colors you have to use in your home? Or how to incorporate everyone's favourite colour into your home? Overwhelmed by the number of paint colors you can select from the shade card? Go on reading this article to learn how to build a cohesive color palette for your home after you have completed designing your home in 5 steps.
Step 1: Choosing the neutrals:
The maximum number of colors you should have in your home shouldn't be more than 4-5. Out of these 4-5 colors, 1 or 2 will be neutrals, and rest can be interchangeably used as secondary and accent colors. You can select from neutrals such as white, grey, beige, greige, and brown. Keep one of them as darker shade and one of them a lighter one. These colours can go on your walls or the main piece of furniture, a rug or just on a few cushions.
Step 2: Choosing the favourite colours:
As for the rest of the pallet you can select a set of complementary, analogous colours or select a shade of the same colour. For example, if you choose blue, you can choose different shades of blue to act as your accent colors. Or, you can choose green, which is a family of cool colors, or select an opposite color like orange.
Now you have a wide variety of colours you can choose from and while still narrowing down to colours you want. Also, don't worry if you've selected a fuchsia or an ink blue. You will be using different shades of the same color if you feel the color is too saturated- like burgundy or maroon instead of red.
I've chosen a complementary colour scheme here- yellow and blue. I have also chosen orange to add some warmer tones.
Step 3: Choosing the colours of the hard surfaces:
The colors selected until now will be the colors of your soft surfaces like- walls, upholstery, cushions, curtains, rugs etcetera. The colors of your hard surfaces include shades of wood, wrought iron, gold and silver. Select 2 of these finishes and use two-thirds of one finish and one-third of the other in the room. This will create a balance in the room.
Step 4: Applying the colours interchangeably in each room to create different moods:
Select a primary or dominant colour for the room and apply it on 60% of your room. The secondary color takes up 30% of the room and the accent color, 10%. This way all colours are balanced out.
With the same color palette, you can create different moods for different rooms. You can see in the picture below how I've transformed a 4 pallet color for 3 different rooms and how all of them look different. Don't be afraid to introduce small pops of new colors in small amounts as well to add some fun to the room.
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