When it comes to redecorating your home, the truth is that not all of us are designers. And the – rather awkward – fact is that we often make a lot of mistakes, especially when it comes to making colour choices.

However, whether you use home design as a hobby, a money saver or are getting into the art for the first time, it won’t take much to learn the rules about colour in the your home. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at a few of the basics you need to know. Let’ get started right away.

Invest in a colour wheel

The first step is simple – find a colour wheel. You find one online and print it off or buy one from an art shop – and they are well worth the money. Colour wheels will explain which colours blend nicely with each other, and pretty much takes away all of the guesswork – even interior designers use them. You will be able to find out all about analogous tones, hues and complementary colours, as well as discovering the tones that contrast nicely with each other. And if you are ever in a fix when considering a new colour scheme, your wheel will be your best friend.

Understand the lingo

OK, so here’s a very quick rundown of some of the phrases you will need to know when discussing colours in home decor.

  • Primary – (‘pure’ colours) red, yellow and blue
  • Secondary – (mix two primary colours) purple, orange, green
  • Tertiary – (mix primary with tertiary) turquoise, lime, magenta
  • Tone – a term that describes the deepness, hue, shade or brightness of a colour. Add neutral colours (greys) to adapt
  • Tint – A tint is a variety of the colour, which can be changed by adding white
  • Shade – this term describes how light or dark a particular colour is when compared to another like it. Darken or deepen your colour by adding black
DIfferent colour styles

There is a huge range of colour schemes you can choose from – far too many for one short post. However, there are a few basics that are worth knowing, that interior designers use to transform the look of homes everywhere. Let’s start with Monochrome.

A lot of people think of monochrome as being all black or all white, but it’s not – it can be any colour. The idea of a monochrome colour scheme in your home is to choose a particular colour, and then decorate with a variety of tones, shades and tints of that colour. The effect can be stunning, and it’s a very easy way to style a room.

Next, let’s look at using harmonious colours. This describes a style that includes colours that are ‘analogous’ on the wheel – they are all in the same family. So, let’s say your main focus colour is red. You might include a dash of pink or purple. Similarly, if you are using blue a base, you might highlight it with violets or teals.

Finally, there are complementary colours. This particular style is about using colours positioned opposite each other on the wheel. These colours contrast with each other, but also work really well. For example, you might have grey walls, which can appear cool on the eye. But throw in some yellow or purple furnishings – or a mixture of both – and you can create something really warm.

Hopefully, this brief guide to interior design colours will help you avoid making colour mistakes next time you decorate! Good luck!

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