7 Rules To Abide By When Choosing Colours For Your Home

7 Rules To Abide By When Choosing Colours For Your Home

7 Rules To Abide By When Choosing Colours For Your Home
One of the easiest way to break the monotony between the colours is by adding a pattern.(Dreamstime)

Your home décor is your personal choice. While you would want to introduce to your home every colour you love, do keep in mind that you don't go overboard or make a combination that completely kills the look your room.

MakaaniQ list seven colour rules that you should swear by when decorating your home and you would never go wrong:

The 60-30-10 rule

60-30-10 rule

This one is the most important rules that you should follow. For a complete look, divide the colours you choose in ratio 60, 30 and 10 ― while 60 is the dominant colour, 30 is a secondary colour and 10 is the accent colour. If we divide these colours in terms of their placement, the dominant hue will be the colour that would cover your walls, the secondary colour will be the upholstery you use and the accent colours are the accessories or flower arrangements you use around.

Let there be lightWindows living room

Lighting of a room plays a critical role in bringing out the best of your room. However well you decorate your room, it always boils down to the kind of light you are using in the room. First, the room should be well lit, and second, add warm or cool light depending on the kind of colours you are using. Also, ensure that there is enough natural light in the room. Nothing like the natural light to do justice to the colours you have added.

You could also add a patch of the chosen colour on the wall and see how it looks under different artificial and natural light conditions.

Create a colour scheme


We are sure you don't want your room to look completely out of place with colours that do not contrast with each other. In case you are confused, consult a designer to help you create a scheme. There are broadly two types of schemes ― complementary and analogous. While the complementary brings together colours that sit across each other in the colour wheel, in analogous, colours that sit next to each other in the wheel are chosen. Complementary scheme is best suited for rooms that are used for formal settings including living room and dining area. Analogous is more comfortable areas like bedroom and family rooms.

Go natural


When choosing colours, see how the nature works. Here is a cue. The nature begins with the soil, which is dark in colour, followed by mountains and trees that are medium in colour, and then comes the bright sky. Now follow the path. Have flooring that is dark in colour, followed by walls that are neutral or medium coloured, and then comes the ceiling that can be brightened up. Always decorate vertically.

Add a pattern

geometric patterns

One of the easiest way to break the monotony between the colours is by adding a pattern. Be careful and do not go overboard. In fact, begin with adding this pattern, and then build your scheme around the pattern and its colours. For instance, pick a painting you would want to add to your living area. Pick three colours of your choice, follow the 60-30-10 rule and also, don't forget to take a lead from the nature.

Let a colour flow


Pick a particular colour which forms 30 per cent of the scheme, and now flow it around. This is viable for homes that have a big living area which doubles as the dining area too. For instance, if you have a grey leather sofa, ensure that the seats of the dining chairs have the same upholstery. Want to use it in larger degree, add lampshades or rugs of the same colour.

Emotional impact


Colours have an emotional impact on every human being. Make sure you pick the ones that do not disturb your emotional balance. For instance, add colours that are good for you. Each room can have a colour based on the purpose. For instance, add the yellow to your exercising room, as the colour that represents sun and hence, gives you energy and positivity. Also, if you want a lively set up, add the warm colours while for those who love the calm, cool hues are for you.

Last Updated: Mon Apr 10 2017

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