A colour scheme makes all the difference in your home. It can determine the type of ambience – whether warm, cool, inviting or repelling, you have in your home. Here are simple tips to help you in choosing a colour scheme for your home. This should help you in learning to mix colours and fabrics and how to repeat colour throughout the room. Read some of the principles of decorating and learn how to use coordinating fabrics and dressmaker details. This should be an easy task requiring little or no time varying on the individual.
First, choose a style (formal or casual) and a theme for your room (such as Classic with a touch African concept, English garden). With the style and theme in mind, decide on an ‘anchor’ fabric, which has three or more colours putting into consideration the colors you love.
Use the background colour from the fabric as a wall colour. Pick a mid-toned colour from the fabric for flooring and large furniture pieces, which could be a solid or patterned design. Upholstery can also be done in your anchor fabric or coordinating fabric.
Use the brightest colours from the fabric for accessories and accents like welting, picture mats, and decorative pillows also known as throw pillows. Place your anchor fabric in at least three places in the room (upholstery, pillows, curtains, etc).
Use coordinating fabrics in other scales (larger or smaller) as accent fabrics on chairs, pillows, cording, and tablecloths. For example, to use an ‘anchor’ fabric that has a design of white, blue with a touch of red: you can use white (the background colour) for walls, navy (a mid-toned colour) on floor, blue and white ticking on the sofa, and red (the brightest colour) for accessories and accents.
Adding dressmaker details in cording and trims is one way to disperse colour and add interest. Divide colour use to approximately 60% of the room in the background (lightest) colour, 30% in the mid-tone colour, and 10% in the brightest, accent colours.