Tips to choose the right colour for your abode
Whether you want your home to emit a calm vibe or create an energetic atmosphere full of vigour and zest, colours play a vital role in setting up a home by creating the desired ambience and atmosphere that reflect the inhabitants’ personalities and style preferences
How to choose colours for your interiors?
The use of complementary colours can create a visually pleasing and harmonious space and you can make the right call by referring to the simple colour wheel that we learnt in school. “Red, yellow, and blue are primary colours. Combining any of these will give you a secondary colour i.e. purple, orange, etc. Colours near each other on the colour wheel such as blue and purple are analogous to each other and will allow one colour to stand out more. Colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel such as green and red are complementary to one another and will nicely play off each other,” explains Charu Gupta, interior designer and director of L’ Institute De Dessins.
Manu Goel, architect and urban planner based in New Delhi, director of urban design and planning firm, Novarch Consultants shares three aspects to remember while deciding the colour scheme:
- Limit the number of colours: When it comes to colour, less is more. Having fewer colours is the key. Try to keep one colour in the Centre and build the rest around it as a strategy. This helps create a balanced palette.
- Choice of light vs. dark: Lighter Colours make spaces look bigger, open, and airy, while darker tones make the space cozier and more compact. When it comes to the choice of the mood board, one needs to see the requirement of their own space. If there is more natural light and higher ceilings, one can choose a bit darker palette. If the space is small, one must opt for whites or lighter tones to make the room look spacious.
- Utility of space: Common areas of homes by default would warrant a more peaceful and calming colour palette, whereas spaces such as the cigar rooms, lounges and home theatre areas need a cosier vibe. These areas can have some darker colours introduced to add that effect.
How to use colour to achieve the right vibe?
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- It goes without saying that different colours give a different meaning to a room or area in your house. Gupta while explaining some colour schemes states:
- Neutral colours allow you more flexibility in quickly changing the feel of a room. Remember, the lighter colour you go with, the more spacious the room will appear;
- Warm colours have cool colours as their complementary colours, while cool colours have warm complements. Vary the warmth with a red or yellow by choosing muted shades of those colours such as pink, peach or a buttery yellow;
- Light colour choices such as blues, lavenders, pinks, and soft yellows are great choices to exhibit tranquillity and restfulness in a room. If you are looking for a calm ambience in your bedroom, choose lighter shades of either cool or warm colours;
- Colours such as sage can turn a kitchen into a comfort zone and shades of buttery yellow in a kitchen will lend to that feeling that baked goodies bring;
- With darker and complementary shades, you can highlight interesting aspects. You can also visually expand a room by painting the walls a darker colour and then using a lighter shade within the same colour scheme. If you have a room with moulding halfway between the ceiling and floor, use two different shades of the same colour for a wonderful visual contrast.
How to achieve a sense of balance and unity within a space?
Uttamaditya, CEO and founder, U&I Interiors, elaborates on some of the interesting colour schemes that you can use for your interiors:
- Blue and white: This classic colour combination never goes out of style. This beautiful pairing not only looks clean and fresh but can also be paired with natural wood tones to add depth and texture to your space. And blue is such a timeless colour that it can be translated into most décor styles from bohemian to rustic. This colour palette gives an overall look of luxurious elegance to your home.
- Blush pink and black: Pairing a strong shade, like black, with a lighter pastel shade, like blush pink, provides a great contrast. Apart from feeling calm and composed, this combination also gives a fresh, modern look to your home. You can also mix these shades with white or tan as they complement many styles of interiors.
- Yellow and grey: This pairing has gained popularity in recent years. The yellow brings a light-hearted feel and blends effortlessly into a home that does not have much colour. The grey gives a luxurious look and complements the yellow beautifully. Together, they evoke a sense of modern sensibility. They are gender-neutral tones and hence, work with most spaces.
- Black and white: It is a classic colour combination that can be used in virtually any room in the home, from your bedroom to your dining room and everything in between. Timeless and elegant, black and white combination can never go wrong for any room, no matter what your style is or where you plan to use it. The key to making the palette work is to layer them in texture, which you can do by varying the paint finishes.
- Lavender and grey: Neutral colours such as lavender and grey will always be in style. Shades of purple add a touch of luxury and royalty to your home. They work well in any setting, from classic to contemporary. Plus, they pair beautifully with just about any other colour and hence, are dynamic. If you are looking for a soothing colour palette, this colour combination is a great option.
That being said you can play as per your own styling and preference while keeping these important tips in mind.