Color is often the most difficult part of a room for interior design enthusiasts to get right. This is because the colors are fickle. There are so many shades to choose from and must be implemented in the right proportions. Otherwise, they will not work together in harmony. Fortunately, there are some color rules that you can use to make sure your colors are balanced every time. We have listed below. Reread once control of color in interior design and for all.
These are the 4 color rules Every Interior Design Fan needs to know
The 60-30-10 rule
The 60-30-10 rule is the best friend of any interior design fan. No matter what your personal aesthetic can be or what you want your room to look like, you can use this rule to make sure your color palette remains balanced. In this configuration, you will use three colors. 60, 30 and 10 refer to percentages of your design that compose each.
Here’s how it works: first you choose a shade to be your dominant shade and take about 60 percent of the room. Usually this will be a neutral or a certain kind of subdued hue that can take a lot of space without feeling overwhelming. Next will be your secondary color, which is usually a little more daring and takes about 30 percent of the space. Finally, your accent color is your bolder shade and should compensate the remaining 10 percent.
Take the picture above, for example. In this case, raw is the dominant color. You can see it on the walls and the sofa. Then, black is the secondary color. It is on the shelf, nightstand, pillows and dining chair and carpet. Finally, the coral is the accent shade. This can be seen in the cushions and potted plants.
Hot compared to cold colors
The term “cool colors vs hot” refers to where the specific nuances fall on the color wheel. Traditionally, shades like red, orange and yellow are considered warm colors because they are more dynamic. However, as brown and beige neutrals are also included in the mix. On the other side of the spectrum are the cool colors, or blue, green and purple, and gray.
The choice of warm or cool colors affect the energy of the space. Since warm colors tend to bring an optimistic feeling and welcoming in a room, they are best in entertainment spaces. Consider using these shades in your dining room or kitchen. Cool colors, on the other hand, are more moderate. They work best in rooms and office space, which is valued soothing energy.
The palette of complementary colors
Of all the color rules that interior designers use the complementary color scheme is often considered the simplest. This is because the color scheme involves only two shades. In particular, it uses two shades that sit directly opposite each other on the color wheel, which means you get combinations like blue and orange, yellow and purple or red and green.
As you can see from the picture above, these pairs of colors are extremely high contrast, which means that – then they bring undoubtedly a strong energy in space – they are ultimately best used in small doses. You should think of them as your accent colors and use a lot of neutral tones for balance and provide a place to rest for the eye.
The analogous color scheme
If you have difficulty navigating the color wheel, a color palette similar might be for you. For this, all you have to do is choose a center color and also use colors on either side of it. Here, two colors are the primary colors and the third will be a mix of both. For example, red, orange and yellow or red, purple and blue.
Since you use three colors in it, the proportion will be useful to ensure that the space feels balanced. You can integrate the 60-30-10 rule again to keep your proportions in check. And remember, you can always use different shades of the same color as another way to create visual variety.
Interestingly, if you’re not a big fan of bright colors, you can also make a similar color scheme using neutral tones. Generally, this is seen as a system of monochromatic colors. Here, all you have to do is mix of black, white and gray to create a stylish and modern look.