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Decorating a space with colour is as easy as 60-30-10. So when designing a room, divide your room colours into percentages:
60% of a dominant colour – say your wall colour
30% of a secondary colour – which provides the visual interest, like the colour of your furniture
10% of an accent colour – these are the elements you add to lift the space, like adding jewellery to an outfit.
60% – Taupe/ Greys
30% – Blues
10% – Metal Finishes
We all associate colour with what they make you feel. Colour can change your mood and by understanding how colours make you feel, you can decide what emotional impact you want a room to have. If you are creating a restful bedroom, the use of greens can be calming and is believed to relieve stress. A tropical décor in the living room makes your home seem fun and vibrant. Or, to encourage relaxation in social areas like the family room, consider softer shades of blue mixed in with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics.
Trying to decide on the right colour scheme for a room, is made easier by choosing two opposite colours on the colour wheel. Complementary colours that are directly opposite from one another on the colour wheel, such as red and green, or blue and orange, provide a clear separation of colour and are often used in more formal areas of the home like the living room or dining rooms.
Depending on the room, you can opt for analogous colours. Analogous colours are situated next to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and violet, or yellow and green. This colour combination creates a casual feel, and is often used in family rooms and bedrooms to create a place of rest and recovery from the day.
Colour techniques can fool the eye to make interiors seem bigger and more spacious or smaller and cosier. A good rule to remember is that cool colours appear to recede, which makes a space seem bigger, whereas warm colours seem to come towards you, which will make a large room feel cosier.