Expert Tips For Adding Color To Your Space
I love, love, love color! Raise your hand if you love color too. For years as a hairdresser I told my clients, “color is your friend”. It is no different in interior design, and if you are more of a neutral person, that’s okay, I have something for you too! Decorating with color can be scary, but I am here to tell that you have to let go of that fear and go with your instincts and choose a color scheme you will love.
There are words associated with color in interior design that I am not going to confuse you with, heck, they confuse me. Instead, I prefer to remember them this way using color wheels…
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Primary colors are a great starting point, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to decorate your space in primary colors, unless it was a child’s bedroom.
Mixing two primary colors together get you secondary colors. Blue and yellow make green, yellow and red make orange, and red and blue make violet. Think of them as the children of the primary colors. These secondary colors are very vibrant and you have to be careful when decorating with them alone.
Tertiary colors are the colors you get when mixing a primary and a secondary color together. Think of them as the grandchildren of the primary colors. Still, you may be thinking these colors are just too much, way too bright to use in my decor. Used as an accent color in very small doses these colors are perfect.
You can change these colors by adding white to make them lighter, black to make them darker, or gray to darken them just a little bit. Taking primary, secondary, or tertiary colors and then adding white, black, or gray is how we have such a huge array of colors to choose from.
It can be overwhelming to try and decide on a color scheme, but don’t let it scare you. The paint isle at your local hardware store will have paint chip cards in every color of the rainbow. Also, look around you for inspiration, inside and outside. These are the best places to find color inspiration for your space.
Steps to choosing a color scheme
- Knowing your design style is the first step to choosing colors for your home. You can find out your design style by taking my Design Quiz.
- Choose the main color for your space. This color will be more on the neutral side, wether it is white, beige, or gray. This will be the foundation for your space (used on walls and large furniture pieces) and you can add color in as accents. You could go bolder, but remember, this will be the foundation you will be building on and if you ever want to change accessories neutral is the way to go, unless you love a funky teal couch then I say GO FOR IT!
Choose your accent colors
- You could use a split complimentary color scheme…pick one color then the two on each side of it’s compliment (opposite on the color wheel). Remember these could go lighter or darker if you wanted. You want to have one of them be the main accent color. Think of your favorite color. What are the complementary colors for that color? Your favorite color could be your main accent color, then use small doses of the other two colors. After all, it’s your favorite for a reason, why not surround yourself with it!
- A tetradic (there is one of those words, rectangle is easier to remember) color scheme is a great way to add even another layer of color to your space. This color scheme is used taking 2 pairs of complimentary colors (two sets of colors opposite on the color wheel). This color scheme works best if you make one of the colors your main accent color. Head over to your local fabric store and look at all the patterned fabrics, it is a great place to get inspiration for this type of color scheme!
- You could choose a monochromatic color scheme. 3-4 colors all next to each other on the color wheel in any shade you want. Again, check out the paint chip cards. These all come from the secondary color violet, but white, black, or gray is added to get the pretty array of colors you see here.
- For the neutral lovers out there, shades of white, beige, or gray should dominate your space. Neutral color schemes are fresh and clean looking. When I think neutral, I think farmhouse and all things Joanna Gaines. Consider adding a pop of color somewhere to break up the space and give it visual interest. Using accessories with lots of texture will also up the wow factor.
Choosing a color scheme for your space doesn’t have to be scary and I hope this post has helped to give you the confidence to choose colors you will love. Which color scheme is your favorite? Will you be changing your color scheme anytime soon? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!
Until next time,
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