Choosing a colour scheme

I love designing for clients who are fearless and honest. Kids are the best. They don’t care about rules and what goes with what or what should work together. So my designer’s secret this week is

– learn from them. Design is very subjective and limitless. There is no right or wrong as long as it feels right for you. Be bold and spontaneous! Challenge yourself when you think about your interior and how you want to feel when you come home after a hard day’s work. I always say to my clients to browse through magazines, internet, visit design centres and showrooms for inspiration BUT stay true to yourself. Express yourself and show your individuality. It’s very tempting to copy an interior picture you like but it’s not you completely. It can’t be. We are no copies of one another. If you are struggling a little and you need a direction, an interior designer can help. That’s what we do. We try to get to know your personality and design an interior that reflects you all over, so when your friends come round they recognise your home and feel at ease.

Choosing a colour scheme
As you know, if you are reading my blogs, I love patterns, textures and colours. Live in colour is my motto.
When you think about colours you like and you are trying to find the best combinations, look to nature for inspiration. I always study flowers, birds’ feathers and semi-precious stones like these ones…

 

 

This last image with poppies is a typical example of how you can draw inspiration from nature. When I was little my mother always said to me green and blue don’t go together and  for example I wasn’t allowed to wear jeans with green jacket. How wrong was she! This image proves that this combo works so well together especially with orange as an accent.
When you come to selecting the colours, choose your fabrics and textures first before you settle on the paint. If you buy the paint first, matching the fabrics will take you longer than doing it the other way round, except for example when the paint is an accent colour. Get sample pots and samples and place them where they’re going to go.  Layer each as you want the final scheme to look like. Using the inspiration above, this is how I lay it..

Live with your “trial scheme” for a few days to get to know it. See how it looks at different times of day and whether you still like it. Avoid expensive mistakes and plan. What you thought initially would work may not suddenly feel right. Design evolves, nothing is written in stone until you are completely happy with every aspect and detail. Give yourself time to experiment but don’t over analyse your scheme as it may drive you little crazy.
Let me know, if you are stuck and need some help.

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