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Choosing the Right Colour Scheme

September 5, 2008 0

I know what you are going to say “where do I start?”. When the time comes to decorate we all know the daunting feeling we get when we see that blank canvas. Deciding on the right colour scheme for your room can be as important as choosing the right furniture. Colour stimulates the mind as well as our emotions, so here’s our guide to help make that perfect choice!

Cool Colours
Cool colours are said to be the hues from blue green through blue violet. These colours are best used when you want to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

Blue is favourite for creating calmness, peace and tranquillity. It is a popular colour for many rooms due to the fact it can go with both traditional and modern styles. Vintage styles can be created using blue with white a floral prints. Contemporary styles can be created using varied tone of blue with fresh whites and pale woods. Shades of blue work well with pastel colours especially soft apple greens. Blue with Yellow is a great combination for creating a sunny Mediterranean style.
Green is the colour used to symbolize nature, balance, harmony and positivity. It creates a relaxing atmosphere when used in various tones. Team with pastels and neutrals to create a contemporary look in a living room or with cream for a country cottage look in a kitchen/breakfast room. Adding black and white to green can create an Art Deco look or why not be bold and try a retro theme with lime green for something a little different.
Most popularly used in bedrooms, purple is ideal for creating tranquility and best in the home when balanced with whites and pastels. It

Warm Colours
Warm colours are often said to be hues from red through yellow, browns and tans. They are lively, stimulating and domineer over cool colours. Warm colours should not be used as a base colour and are best used when highlighting statement pieces in your room.

As with warning signs, red is a colour which grabs peoples attention, so ideal when used on a feature wall or creating a statement piece in a room. As lively, this colour is best used in social rooms, such as dining rooms, living rooms or open plan kitchen/living rooms. Even small doses can often be more effective, so great for those decorative accessories.
Like the sunshine, yellow is bright and exudes excitement so ideal for a child’s room or in an entrance hallway. It is also effective when used to highlight elements of your space
As a mixture of red and yellow it shares both attributes of these colours. Although Orange is hot and fiery like Red, it is not as aggressive. Orange actually stimulates mental activity, so add splash of orange in a study or children’s playroom. It also works well in a kitchen as is associated with appetite and health foods.

Neutrals are great for creating a light and soft environment and giving the illusion of space. This scheme looks stylish and sophisticated and is great used as a blank canvas which can be injected with colour, prints and patterns for interest. This is ideal as a base colour as allows you to update the room by just using bright accents and accessories. These tones are great when used with warm tones such as rich red, mushroom, and terracotta.

Being the colour of the earth, use brown to create a nurturing atmosphere. Colours such as Coffee are becoming more and more popular and are best when paired with other neutrals or warm tones.

Black is formal, elegant and prestigious. Black makes other colours stand out so ideal for teaming up with warm shades. Too much black in a space can make the room feel smaller, so this is best used in small amounts. Black is perfect for that formal dining area. Accessories and soft furnishings

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