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Color Schemes: How to Choose the Right Colors to Use in Interior Design

31 Aug 2017
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Color can make or break a room. Colors are some of the most valuable tools in an interior designer’s tool box. The right combination of colours can transform a dull room into an inspiring work of art.
Understanding how colours work and how they can be used to convey different feelings is essential if you want to create an awe inspiring design. Besides the feelings expressed, colours can also be used for practical reasons such as controlling the brightness of lighting in a room. Light colours such as whites and creams reflect light and can be used to enhance the intensity of natural light in a room where windows are small.
Follow the following tips to decide the best colour scheme for your rooms.
Unification of Design
It is very likely that the interior design themes you choose for your house will be different for every room. If you do want to use different designs for your rooms, you will be faced with a dilemma whether to unify the themes in some way or to let the rooms stand as individual and separate units. It’s a matter of personal preference and taste. If you do choose to unify the designs, using the right colour scheme is the appropriate place to start. Intelligently using colours can allow you to transition the designs from one room to another without them appearing as entirely different and separate interior design concepts.
If you live in a small apartment of flat, it is advisable to just use one or as few interior design themes as possible.
Old or New Houses
Old houses will typically have different interior designs from those of newer homes. Since old houses usually have established features such as woods and antiques, it is advisable to use such features as a basis for the colour scheme.
Newer houses afford interior designers more wiggle room as there aren’t a lot of established colours that will restrict the designer.
Understanding what works for each situation and how to go about incorporating new colour schemes on top of what is already there will result in the designer achieving a more unified feel.
Work with Color Palettes
In your efforts to create a unified feel, ditch original colours and go for colour palettes instead. Color palettes established colour schemes that can ensure a harmonious transition if you are transitioning from dark to light colours or light to dark colours. A good interior designer will always know which colours look good together.
Make Furniture and Fixtures and Important Part of the Color Scheme
When conceiving colour schemes, most people think of furniture as a secondary part of the puzzle. The reality is that furniture and fixtures are some of the most notable items in your room and will look out of place if they don’t blend well with the general colour scheme of the room. For a more unified design, build the colour scheme, including the colours of furniture and fixtures, from the ground up.

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