At Crown, we encourage you to be bold with colour but sometimes those lacking colour confidence need a little help, that’s why we’ve outlined a few simple rules to help you make your mark on your home. The following tips can help you create a flawless colour scheme that any interior designer would be proud of.
Rule 1 – Establish the feel and function first
It sounds simple but before even touching the masking tape decide on a clear goal for your space, do you want your room to be warm and cosy like this Bedroom in Mustard Jar, light and airy like this Living Room in Mellow Sage and Botanical Extract or decadent and indulgent like this Dining Room in English Fire and Soft Ochre.
Once you’ve decided then you’ll have determined your frame of reference for colours, don’t stray too far from what you know will work to achieve your goal for the room.
Rule 2 – The golden ratio – 70%, 20%, 10%
Once you have your goal, the simplest colour schemes are made up of three colours, so pick three; one main colour and two accents, they break down into:
Dominant colour (70%) – Roughly 70% of the space of any given room should be given to the dominant colour, neutrals and more tonal colours are better for the dominant colour as this should be used for the walls.
Secondary colour (30%) – The secondary colour should be given 30% of the space in the room, choose a colour which traditionally complements your dominant colour and then apply to highlight areas such as coving and key pieces of furniture. The Secondary colour is also traditionally used for curtains and bedding in bedrooms.
Accent Colour (10%) – Finally the accent colour should be found in only 10% of the room. Accent colours should be as bright, bold, textured or metallic as you dare. The accent colour should create little pops of colour in the room and can be easily incorporated in soft furnishings, ornaments and plants.
You can see this work perfectly in this Bedroom the dominant colour is Cover Story the secondary Soft Shadow and the accent is the orange you can see in the curtains and soft furnishings. And don’t forget you can order samples from http://www.crownpaints.co.uk/ to help you decide on your scheme.
And there you have it, just two simple steps to help you create a beautifully finished room anywhere in your home.