Basic Design Principles For 7 Popular Colour Themes At Home

By on June 6, 2014

The colours you planned to use for your home can be easy to imagine but a disaster when carried out. The fact is that most people do not have the ability to visualize how colours can turn out in real life. This is when we have to acknowledge the skills and ability of creative people in their design work. Here are the general rule of thumb when using these 7 popular colour themes at home.

White

The most important factor for using white is that you have to make a commitment to keep the surface clean, whether it is on a soft or hard surface. White surfaces are prone to stains. And stains can sometimes appear without any justifiable reason or cause. If they are allowed to remain, it can make the whole room look dirty and worn out. For fabric, it can be very useful to choose those that are able to withstand washing by machines so that you can easily remove grubby marks easily with little effort.

Even though white can make a place look pure and clean, they can cause a glaring reflection when set up at the wrong place. When used on furniture under dull lighting, it can cause a “cold” effect. Using a small element of yellow or grey around white items can usually manage the overpowering nature white can be sometimes.

Neutral off-white

This is basically white with a soft tinge of yellow or brown. Ivory is a good example of off-white that is commonly used in home design. Some forms of pastel are also off-white in nature. Using too much of neutral colours can create a very dull atmosphere.

The best use of neutral colours is by adding bright colours in moderation with it. The great thing about them is that they can blend into any type of room. Colours that work well with neutrals include dark brown and greyish black.

Natural

Natural colours are basically colours that come from natural sources. For example, plant dyes, timber, and organic pigments. Some people just love the look of nature within the house. But again, letting it get too dominant can appear depressing and mouldy. As long as you do not go overboard, it should look great.

Red

Red is not meant to be a dominant colour for a room. It is best used to highlight certain aspects you want to be noticed. For example, an off-white room with a red sofa can look gorgeous with the focus of attention diverted to the sofa. Feature walls also work well. For some reason red can trigger certain emotions inside us. That is why passion is often associated with this colour.

It is best used with white and certain shades of black.

Blue

Blue is probably the favourite among many people after white. And it is most commonly used for bedrooms or bathrooms. Adding a little bit of metallic colours can make a room look really modern. It goes very well with white even at a 50-50 ratio.

Yellow

Yellow is a very cheerful colour. And because of it’s brightness, it can be best used for corners that are not very bright. To soften the brightness of yellow, use a little bit of contrasting colours. Good matches that go with yellow include white, brown and black.

Green

This can be a very soothing colour. But you have to be very careful with using it. It is often used as a mix and match with black, brown, and even soft yellow. Seldom used as a primary colour. Nature lovers often associate it with the feeling of healing, warmth, and personal growth. Many times, adding the presence of a green plant as a home decorative item is just enough green that a room can take.



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