Choosing a new colour palette for your home is probably one of the most exciting parts of a renovation project. But it can also be the most challenging. If you are struggling to pick one paint colour out of thousands, how will you decide on a colour scheme for the entire house? How will you know if they all go together or if they match the furniture? If you’re stuck on choosing the perfect colour palette for your home renovation, here are some of our top tips to navigate through the process.
Reflect On The Previous Colour Palette
What are your reasons for changing the colour palette? Narrowing it down will help you with your decision making, for example:
- The colours were too bright or too dark.
- The colours were clashing or too muted.
- The colours of the walls, furniture and other fixtures did not match or complement each other.
- The colours did not reflect your desired atmosphere for the space.
It’s important to pick your colour palette early in the renovation process, as it will determine your later choices in furnishing and fixtures.
Use The Colour Wheel
The colour wheel visualizes which colours naturally complement or contrast each other. We recommend choosing a primary, a secondary and an accent colour for your scheme, with the distribution ratio of 60%, 30% and 10%, respectively. There are three main approaches to choosing colours when using a colour wheel:
- Monochromatic: pick a primary colour, then choose shades of the same colour for secondary and accent colours.
- Analogous: pick a primary colour you like and choose another colour next to it on the colour wheel. These colours will provide a mild contrast.
- Complementary: pick two opposing colours on the colour wheel. This is the boldest choice as you will get a stark colour contrast.
Other Ways To Pick Your Primary Colour
If you don’t have a specific colour or theme in mind, here are some great starting points:
- Get inspiration from a large furniture item: if you already have your eyes on specific furnishings, for example, a couch, a painting, or a rug, you can use their colours as your starting point.
- Start with the most centrally-located rooms: This can be the living room, kitchen, or dining room. Pick a colour scheme for these rooms and then decide on the flow of colours as you move through the home.
If your home has multiple floors, you can easily choose a different colour scheme for each floor. Try focusing on one floor at a time to make the task feel less overwhelming.
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