Mention the words ‘interior design’ to any homeowner, and the first thing that pops into mind would be their choice of colour palette. The range of colours chosen has a strong impact on the overall presentation and style of your home. Furthermore, colour theory has proven that the choice of colours directly influences the mood of a house’s occupants. For example, the colour blue induces calm while yellow introduces excitement and a tinge of playfulness.
Picking the ideal colour palette can be a tricky process as it is influenced and also influences several other factors. Before engaging a professional residential interior design firm, you may start thinking about several potential combinations. To help you, we have listed out several areas that bear special consideration.
Start with the flooring.
Many homeowners tend to get over excited at the prospect of colouring their house, in the process they tend to work on areas that they first see. The walls, being at their eye level, are usually what first attracts their gaze.
However, walls do have a greater variety of colour options and their colour can be relatively easy to replace. As such, we actually recommend that home owners start their colour palette picking exercise with the floor. The material, texture, ascents and tones used has a strong impact on the colour of your floor. For example, even if they were of the same colour, marble tiles and wooden flooring would look very different.
Think of the ceiling.
Similar to the floor, a ceiling is relatively harder to change once they have been installed. Hence, we recommend picking the colour range for the ceiling next. While picking the colour for the ceiling, it is important to envision how ceiling fixtures such as lights and fans would be complemented by the colour chosen.
The colour of the ceiling has a large impact on the perceived amount of space in your house. In general, light colours appear further to our eyes, thus we perceive brightly coloured rooms to be bigger. In direct contrast, darker colours appear nearer and thus create a cosier atmosphere.
Focus on the wall.
After picking colours for the floor and ceiling, it is finally time to turn your attention to the walls. This component of your house tends to allow for the greatest amount of creativity, hence you may feel free to experiment with it.
An area of consideration is whether you should use a single or multiple colours. By choosing a single colour, the boundaries of each wall are visually removed, thus creating the impression of a continuous surface. This creates an illusion of a larger room as opposed to when the boundaries of each surface are clearly demarcated.
Other tips and tricks
Here are other little tips and tricks that you can consider when picking a colour platte:
Picking the right colour palette is half art and half science. Like many other skills, it gets better with practice. If you are still unsure or not confident in picking colours for your home, then contact an interior design consultant. With professional advice and a fresh perspective, you should be much more confident in finding the right colour palette for your home.