Choosing Room Colours – Mixing and Matching Like a Professional
If you want to get the best results when decorating a room then you need to know what colours go together and how they can be combined in a room to help highlight the features. There are a few techniques that can be used to create colour schemes that work and we will run through these below for you.
Using a colour wheel
A colour wheel is a simple tool which shows a range of colours in circle format. As well as showing tones the colour wheel can be used to show colours that: complement each other, are closely related and are harmonious. There is a great online colour wheel that can help you find matching colours that can be found at: https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/
Analogous colours are colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel and are closely related. These colours naturally work well together and are particularly suited to rooms where you want to create a simple and clean look.
Complementary colours sit opposite each other on the colour wheel and provide the strongest contrast between the two colours. By picking the two colours opposite each other you can create a strong and bold statement as each colour makes a bold statement compared with the other.
Picking three colours that are equidistant on the colour wheel will harmonise each of the colours. The contrast is not quite as strong as complementary colours but they do provide a vibrant contrast for each other and are the perfect choice for large rooms where you want to blend features together and bring the whole design together.
If the room to be painted is in a dark part of the house and will be seen in artificial light it is worth bearing in mind that artificial light gives off a natural yellow tone compared to the white light of natural light. Before committing to a colour scheme it is worth checking the colour in the light that it will be seen in, as this can make colours appear differently.
Creating a balanced scheme
Having a balanced colour scheme is an important part of achieving the perfect home decoration, in a balanced scheme no one colour overpowers the other colours within the scheme. This helps to create a colour scheme that flows through a room with each colour complementing the other colours in the room.
Once you have got the perfect colour scheme then it is time to make sure you have the right paint brushes to get a professional finish. Check out our guide for picking the right brushes for the job at https://www.trade1st.co.uk/blog/brushing-basics-choosing-right-paintbrushes/