03 May What Colours Should You Choose?
Not many of us know much when it comes to interior design unless that’s your profession of course. Love it or hate it, if you want your home to express who you are and look fantastic, certain elements of design are needed. One of the main considerations is decorating your home is choice of colour. This is where it can get confusing with hundreds of different hues and shades to choose from. You might love two particular colours but when you come to combine them, they just don’t work well together. Therefore, it can be useful to use a colour wheel.
You may not have seen one of these since you were a child, but it’s worth revisiting because a colour wheel is a perfect visualisation of how colours blend well together. Although the wheel could be extended to display literally hundreds of shades, a basic wheel consists of just 12 colours. Don’t worry – you’re not expected to have one committed to memory. There are lots of online sites that will provide you with a wheel, so you can blend to your heart’s content. It’s important when planning for a contemporary chandelier design to know which colours will work best for your home.
A colour wheel is broken down in the following manner:
Primary Colours – Red, yellow and blue. They are primary colours as they cannot be made by mixing other colours together.
Secondary Colours – Purple, Orange and Green. They can be made by mixing the primary colours.
Tertiary Colours – These contain the 6 shades that be created by mixing both primary and secondary colours.
When you have decided on a base colour, you now realise that it comes in a wide variety of different shades within the same group! To lighten or darken that colour, combine with a neutral. In interior design terminology this is known as shade, tint and tone.
Tint – this is the act of lightning a colour with the addition of white
Shade – this is darkening a colour by adding black
Tone – slightly darkening by adding grey
To get an idea of how much a neutral can affect a colour, visit a home store and grab some of those handy colour palette samples.
Colours are also said to have a temperature, such as warm tones and cool tones. Warm colours are said to be oranges, yellows and reds. They are considered warm due to their vibrancy, brightness and ability to make a space seem cosier. Cool tones are greens, blues and purples and used for their space-giving, peaceful and calming properties. Warm tones are best used in a larger space and cool tones work well in smaller areas.
For a truly complimentary look, it’s advisable to choose two colours that sit opposite one another on the colour wheel. One will be the dominant colour while the other acts as an accent. Complete opposites provide extreme contrast so should only be used in small doses or to draw specific attention to particular design elements.
Choosing a complimentary colour scheme will mean incorporating neutrals, which act as a place for eyes to rest and prevent overwhelming the senses. Alternatively, you could opt for a split complimentary scheme. First choose a base shade but instead of choosing the colour opposite on the wheel, choose two shades that sit either side of the opposite colour. This provides the bold statement you are seeking in moderation as it is balanced out. The base colour choice could remain the dominant one or go for a muted base colour and go bold with the two shades. All these considerations will have an impact on the colours you choose for your bespoke Italian chandelier lighting design.
An analogous colour scheme is the art of using three colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Normally the first two colours will be primary and the third being a mix of the two primaries and a secondary colour. The proportion is key, and the best use of this method is a 60-30-10 rule of proportion. One colour should be dominant, the next should support the dominant colour and the last brightest shade should act as an accent. The exact same process can also be used with neutrals by replacing the colours with black, white and grey to create a monochromatic interior design.
Whatever your choice of colour scheme, it can be great fun playing with the different combinations on a colour wheel. Think about the size of the space you are decorating, how you want the room to feel and what colours are you drawn to that reflect your unique personality. Interior design is a form of self-expression that includes everything from the flooring to the lighting and the accessories to the furniture.