Whilst many of us are keen DIY and interior design enthusiasts, we’re not professionals. But that’s ok. Thanks to the scores of Instagram accounts and Pinterest pages dedicated to home improvement, inspiration and guidance are a mere click away. We wanted to contribute a little insight of our own, and thought that a back to basics guide on the application of colour theory might be just the thing…
This is where the colour wheel comes into play and will be your best friend. Simply put, complementary colours sit opposite each other on the wheel and are viewed as the most established combinations. For example: blue and orange, red and green, yellow and purple. Working within these pairings makes it easy to make colours pop, and give standout to elements in any given room. Traditionalists will tell you that complementary colour schemes are best suited to more formal rooms, such as dining rooms, but we think they work well anywhere!
Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean simply black and white. A monochrome colour scheme is created by using various tones and shades of any single colour. Designers will often advise a monochrome palette for smaller spaces, but don’t feel restricted by this. Introducing a range of textures and finishes (think fabrics, glass, metallics, plants, stoneware etc) will keep your room feeling stylish and interesting. A real benefit of a monochromatic colour scheme is that it lends itself perfectly to displaying artwork. Not that we’re in any way biased obviously…
Sounds complicated. It’s not. When thinking of triadic, the first syllable is your clue (TRI as in TRI-angle). Take another look at the colour wheel – any colour combinations that can be formed by making an equilateral triangle across the wheel are, by definition, triadic. This often produces quite bold palettes, which can be great in children’s bedrooms or other lively spaces, but you can also temper them by keeping to pastels or opting for neutrals. You might also find that keeping furniture and furnishings clean and unfussy will minimise any sensory overload!
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