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A Guide to Successful Colour Coordinating In the Home

Colour coordinating a room always turns out to be a lot more difficult than expected. You often have this vision in your mind of how you want your room to look and what colours you are going to utilise. However, unfortunately it doesn’t always turn out like the picture in your imagination.

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The key is to not use too many colours. This will make your room look cluttered, the style will appear confused, and there will be an evident lack of a theme.Yet, because you are only going to go for two or at the very maximum three colours, greater emphasis is placed on those that you do pick. Let’s look at the different ways in which you can pick a great colour scheme…

Use the colour wheel.

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As you can see; it consists of the three primary colours (red, yellow, and blue), the three secondary colours (green, orange, and purple), and then the remaining six colours are as a result of mixing the colours together. There are two ways you can use the colour wheel to find a perfect scheme.

Firstly, you can opt to go for opposite colours, such as blue and orange:

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Alternatively, you can go for shades that are grouped together, such as yellow, lime green, and dark green:

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Create a mood board.

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Get a board and attach samples on it so that you can see how different colours, materials, textures, and patterns look together. It is good to try and make sure the samples are in proportion of the ratio they would be if implemented in your room. Thus, if you are going to use purple floral wallpaper on all four walls, this would be your largest sample.

Don’t be afraid to copy.

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The internet is home to a wealth of interior design images. Use these as inspiration and don’t be afraid to copy them. After all, if the picture looks fantastic, then the best way to create this style in your home is to simply imitate it. Take a look below at some great uses of colour coordination:

Picture sources: 1&2, 3, 4, 5&6, 7, and 8.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on May 30, 2013

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