How to Find the Right Color Scheme for Your Interior Design Project

by author on January 25, 2013

It’s fairly common for people to get excited when it comes to starting interior design projects. However, when it comes to painting or finding the right color scheme, there’s a lot of shoulder shrugging. That’s the very reason why I created this short list of some of the bolder and less used colors in interior decoration and how to best use them.

Finding the Right Color Scheme

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These are just a few of the tips that help me build inspiration for projects that require me to find and feel out the right color of the room or item.

1. Breathe

Take a deep breathe! Finding the right color scheme doesn’t have to be a dreadful task.

2. Assess Each Room Separately.

One way of taking of the stress of finding some of the bolder and less used colors in interior decoration is by accessing each room of your home separately. Take notes as to the kind of lighting each room has, how much natural sun-light it gets, and what will compliment the surrounding decor of your home.

3. Consider Furniture and Flooring

Finding color inspiration is sometimes difficult. Take a look at the woodwork, flooring, or carpeting that already exists, along with the color and material of the room’s furniture. Think about what colors would blend well.

Now that we’ve tackled these short tips to finding the best bolder and less used colors in interior decoration, let’s take a closer look at the actual schemes themselves.

Finding the Right Color Scheme

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  • Analogous scheme: This incorporates the use of a color wheel incorporated different colors. This allows you to see different possibilities based on colors in the warm or cool color categories. Make sure you pay close attention when mapping out your colors accordingly.
  • Monochromatic Scheme: This is the most common color scheme. It’s basically one color but it’s shown in different tones, textures, tints, hues, and brightness levels to bring a uniform presence.
  • Complementary Scheme:  Complementary schemes incorporate the use of colors that are opposite of one another on the color wheel. The combination of the warmer colors on one side sometimes balances out the cooler feel of the other side, but be careful before making your choice because once it’s there, it’s there for good!
  • Triadic Scheme: This scheme incorporates three different hues that are generally placed within an equal distance from one another.

Below is a short list of bolder and less used colors in interior decoration and how to best use them.

Bold:

Orange: Adding orange to your space will add a touch of warmth and character. It also adds a little zest to your space!

Finding the Right Color Scheme

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Red: Red can help add a unique touch of warmth to your setting, but should be used in moderation. Using too much red can be overwhelming and painful to the eye.

Finding the Right Color Scheme

Finding the Right Color Scheme – image

Cool:

Blue and green are common colors used for interior design projects. These colors add a relaxing and calming effect to the room.

Finding the Right Color Scheme

Finding the Right Color Scheme – image

Before making any drastic color decision test out the waters with color palettes, color wheels, and online tools that will give you a general idea of how the room would look with that specific color. The colors you place in the room will set the tone, mood, and atmosphere of the room for years to come.

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