Choosing the right combination of colours for an interior design project is one of the most important elements. It can be a tricky decision with the multitude of choices available but incredibly rewarding once the desired effect achieved.
When thinking of the room to be transformed one of the considerations will be the use of the space and the ambience required to serve that function. Increation, Interior design specialists from London advise “Depending on the room and the mood you want to reflect, the correct colour combination can transform your interior from roof to floor”. For instance, if the room is to be used for work or play, lighter brighter colours may be more apt. If the room is to entertain in, accents of colour in certain places may create focal or talking points. A restful bathroom or bedroom may want to feel warm and cosy or cool and airy.
The size and shape of the space are also important. Darker warmer colours can make a room seem smaller while lighter reflective shades will widen and neutralize a space. The amount and type of light can also alter the perception of the colours in a room. Lots of natural light in a space can make it easier to use bold or deep colours and rooms with little or no natural light need brighter, paler tones.
Without committing to a bolder colour scheme, a great device is to add all the colour in using textiles and furniture. Bold brights in a white or pastel room can create a stunning effect and can be changed more quickly and effectively. Use a bold sofa or chair or limit colour to curtains, cushions, rugs and art in complementary shades. Many great rooms in well-designed houses use pure white walls to open up the space and colour to make bold striking statements. Contrasts work as well as a palette of matching hues.
Colour palettes for 2013
Panetone have chosen emerald green as the colour of the year, and this ties in nicely with the trend for natural textures and bringing the outside in. Many greens have been seen to tone in with this with lime and sage in particular making appearances, especially in retro sofa’s and chairs. Another retro colour is burnt orange, which is not only being seen in textiles for the living and bedrooms but in kitchens in a nod to the middle of the 20th century. Rich blue’s have also been given a lot of space in interior showrooms particularly in dining spaces, mixed with cream and white for a formal yet contemporary look.
Use the professionals
Interior design magazines and specialists can help create the effect you want and offer plentiful advice on colour combinations. As Increation have found in their projects, colours “help to establish the style of the space and give personality to your interiors. Applying colour correctly is an extremely important aspect when creating the desire atmosphere in your home and can help to create a unique and personalized space just for you.”
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