Colours have got a visible impact on our lives and moods. We cannot deny the difference we feel simply by what we cherish with our eyes. The best example of this fact is our Mother Earth who never fails to amaze us with its soothing greenery, calming sky blue, and a beautiful palette of flowers for every region. Whatever we absorb through our eyes, leaves an everlasting imprint in our minds and also affects our moods. Similarly, what we choose for our house indeed makes a lot of difference in our lives. The first step towards the same is choosing colours.
Apart from the colour for furnishings and decorative items we choose for our house, having a colour scheme pulls all the designs together. Confused much? Let us help you see what we mean. Here are a few things to consider before picking a good colour palette combination for your rooms.
Knowing the Colour Wheel -
As much as it sounds like basic education, knowing the colour wheel is quite helpful in choosing a colour of your liking for your home. Let’s break it down for you. There are three sets of colours:
- Primary – The reds, yellows, and blues. You cannot re-create them.
- Secondary – The greens, oranges, and purple. Can be created using two primary colours.
- Tertiary – A mix of secondary and primary colours of unique hues, and the addition of whites and blacks to create shades.
Colour Palette Generator -
To put it simply, there are colour combinations that just don’t look right together. Surprised? Imagine colours like brown and neon green painted on the adjacent walls of a room. Wow! That would look bizarre, won’t it? So how would you know if the colour palette you choose is right for your home? Here is another breakdown of five colour schemes that will help you understand combinations.
- Monochromatic colour scheme – Monochromatic colours focus on a single colour, but with different tints, tones, and shades. For e.g. a room with monochromatic colours would have ocean green walls, light olive green furniture, forest rug, and perhaps, artichoke curtains. This kind of scheme works really well for a minimalist home.
- Complimentary colour scheme – It is a combination of a primary and a secondary colour. When you look at the colour wheel, you’ll see that the complementary colours are seated right across from each other. For e.g. yellow (p) & purple (s), blue (p) & orange (s), and red (p) & green (s).
- Analogous colour scheme – Analogous colours are a combination of two colours that sit next to each other. Referring to the colour wheel again, you’ll find names of colours that combine with the colour next to it. For e.g. red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange, and orange-red.
- Triadic colour scheme – It consists of three colours on the colour wheel that are placed at an equal distance from each other. Triadic colours include either three of primary, secondary or tertiary colours. For e.g. red-yellow-blue, green-orange-purple, or yellow-green, orange-red, blue-purple.
- Neutral colour scheme – One thing that neutral colours have in common is that they are a desaturation of colours using tints, tones, and shades. The most popular neutral colour scheme as of today is a combination of grey, white, and black, and also tan, brown, and beige.
Have you noticed yet that each room of your house actually has a colour palette? Intentional or not, our mind instinctively picks items and colours that go with each other. If we are able to use that instinct efficiently, we will be able to understand what colour palette defines our house.