There is a fine line between adding colour to your home décor and using too much colour, so that you feel like you are living inside a rainbow.
A little bit of colour will add a lot of fun and interest to your home design, but too much colour can be overwhelming. How can you achieve that perfect balance? Here are some tips to keep in mind for using colour in your home in a subtle and balanced way:
Use Colour Schemes
Before choosing the colours for your décor, do a little bit of research into colour schemes and how they work, so you know how to combine colours harmoniously. For example, you can choose a complementary colour scheme with shades that are across each other on the colour wheel – such as blue and orange or purple and yellow. Or you could try an analogous colour scheme, which is a scheme where the colours are next to each other on the colour wheel – such as blue, green and purple.
Use the 60/30/10 Rule
This is a rule that interior decorators use in order to use colours in a balanced way. Use the dominant colour on 60% of the room, so that it will create a unifying look. Then, use the secondary colour on 30% of the room in order to add visual interest. Lastly, use an accent colour for 10% of the room to add that little extra. For example, you might use the dominant colour for the walls and carpet, the secondary colour for the upholstery and the accent colour for some pillows, a wall hanging or a throw rug.
Try an Accent Wall
Perhaps you have found a gorgeous paint colour, but it’s just a little too bright and overwhelming to use for all four walls of a room. In this case, you can simply paint one wall with the colour and the other walls with a neutral tone, so that you can enjoy the shade without it being overpowering. Another alternative is to keep your neutrals on the walls and give doors the brighter punch of colour.
You could also simply use the colour in one aspect of the room, such as the baseboards or the door jams. These are just a few of the ways that you can incorporate colour into your home design, without it being overpowering.
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