Thursday, January 21, 2016

12 Must Have Accessories to Liven Up Your Home

You may have finished setting up furniture at your new house or feel that your existing living space looks unfinished and dull, it's more likely due to lack of accessories. It's time to revamp your space and add accessories that reflect your personality. Whether your décor set up is a minimalist or grandeur, giving a stylish or a refreshing look by adding accessories distinguishes your home from a furniture showroom. To get a cosier and welcoming look, mixing elements in your décor is a must.

Here are a couple of accessories, enjoy the list and consider these items the next time you want to freshen up that corner table or bookshelf:

Carpets: The first thing you notice or perhaps your feet, when you sit on a sofa is a carpet or rug. Whether traditional or contemporary, hand tufted or hand knotted, shaggy or Frieze, it all depends on your overall set up and personality. Besides, carpets enhance the size of your room, visually appealing to the eyes. Neutral colours such as beige, black, brown, grey or white go well with most of the décor setting. These colour carpets have a flexible and a utilitarian value when it comes to protecting it from dust and dirt except white. To present an artistic and classy appeal to your décor, place a contemporary carpet with bright colours. For lounge area, a plain rug with various weaves and textures and modern designs looks great. Carpets have been used to accessorise homes for thousands of years.  They are placed as a centrepiece of your room, and should fit your space and your furniture comfortably. They offer a layer of warmth and comfort that is unmatched by any other accessory. Eventually, the carpet you choose will become the foundation of your fashion decor for each room you design. To name a few of our carpets - Hands Carpets, Calligaris Stars, Marocoo. Check out our carpet collection here

Coffee Table: Centre table or coffee table is a place where you spend plenty of time with your family and friends together watching TV, playing cards or board games, having coffee/tea or after-dinner conversations. With its many functionality, it is hard to imagine a living space without one. Available in various finishes, choose glass for contemporary look and choose wood for classic or traditional look. It makes room for more accessories like centrepieces and crystal ware or space to stack coffee table books. In all these tables make your living space complete infusing your space with modern flair. To name a few of our coffee tables - Alf Canova, Alf Capri, Alf Opera, Alf Teodora, Alf Monaco, Alf Italia, Calligaris Element, Calligaris Island, Calligaris Tweet, Calligaris Shell, Tonin Casa Splash, Tonin Casa Missouri, Tonin Casa Kos, Bonaldo Doppler, Pebble, Arvo, Bend. Explore our entire coffee table collection here

Centrepiece: Apart from ash tray and vases that are usually found lying on your coffee tables, consider a centrepiece this time. Ranging from style and designs, use these centrepiece filled with fresh flowers, beads, pebbles or marbles to give a feeling of plush. Our centrepiece collection includes: Mario Cioni Purpose, Mario Cioni Jester, Mario Cioni Luxe, Calligaris Lift, Calligaris Glenn, Calligaris Lennox, Calligaris Krok, Calligaris Kalika.

Mirrors: Keeping mirrors only in your bedroom and bathroom is an outdated trend when it comes to adorning your space and latest trends. Add them to your living space and make your space look classy. Keeping abreast with trends is must these days because today you’ll find different shapes and sizes of mirrors. Placing them in your space creates a great focal point which means your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off them. Mirrors are great to help create the illusion of space and light as well as make your furnishings stand out. Placing mirrors cleverly can instantly give you the desired look you want for your space. Place your mirror across from a window and you’ll learn that the light will bounce off the mirror into the room portraying more natural light into your home, making it appear more spacious. Place small mirrors in dark or small corners so that light draws in to the area and brightens it up. To name a few mirrors - Calligaris Damasco, Bubbles, Lune, Moss, Drop, Double, Bonaldo Orazio, Hang up, Azero, Tonin Casa Agrip, Olni, Dalton, Granada Mirror, Skin, Stone, Kolonaky, Costantia. Check out our entire collection here.

Vases: You may have been gifted a vase for your birthday, wedding or anniversary, use it to complement your decor. Having a longest history dating back to 5000 B.C., vases were used for a lot of purposes before they took their centre stage in home design. Whether you want to use them by filling florals, or whether you want to leave them on a shelf or corner as a showcase, it is up to you. Valued for their beauty and decorative aspects, use these trendy and modern design vases to turn your home into an art gallery. To name a few vases - Calligaris Blanco, Evan, Tristan, Dream, Bluma, Lennox, Holly. Mario Cioni Meta-Morphosis, Mirus Medium. Check out our entire collection here.

Accessories with a blend of form and functionality
Lamps: They are generally used to create a mood and set the ambience in your decor. Whether it is a floor lamp, wall lights or table lamp, each one has a different role to play and increase the elegance of your space. Because the living room serves so many purposes, lighting becomes extra important. You can use a blend of accent, task and decorative lighting in your living space to highlight your furniture or any antique piece. Use lamps close to a mirror as it will bounce into dark corners and brighten dead ends enhancing your space. Make sure the colour of your lamp complements your decor. Its main function is not only to illuminate a room but to make your space look warm and welcoming so that your friends and guests can linger longer. Each room in your home should have a mood you want to set, as well as a function you want your lighting to serve whether it is for ambience, aesthetics, or to achieve a variety of functions and activities in that space. Use a tall lamp on a low table; and a shorter lamp on a higher table. Today, lamps are made to fit any mood or special needs, and they come in several sizes and shapes. Types of lamps include floor lamps, wall lamps, theme lamps and high intensity lamps with a direct beam. One main facet to remember is not to use lamps as general lighting but only to complement the mood and ambience of your space. To name a few of our lamps - Calligaris Phoenix, Sextans, Andromeda, Pom-Pom, Allure, Bonaldo Muffin, XXLight, Eos, Tonin Casa Spiga. Read more.

Crystalware: If you're having guests or friends around at home and are planning to drink straight out of the bottle, make it special with some classy glassware. As much as you plan to have wine, whisky or gin, use them for a fun way to mark guests' glasses. Besides you can use crystal ware for serving ice cubes while having a night cap or a drink. Crystal wares also look beautiful when empty, so add them in your space as showpiece. Nevertheless they look splendid filled with fall leaves or flowers, too. A special event or day calls for a special crystal or glass ware giving your interiors the touch of luxury and pure art. Nonetheless, it adds an instant flair of exotic sophistication. To name a few of our crystal wares - Mario Cioni Sinfonia, Harrys, Perlage, Arabeque. Find our extensive collection here

Storage basket: These are a useful furnishing accessory for putting everyday objects in order. Choose these to give a touch of design to your home or maybe even gift your friend so to use it in their space. Spacious and robust, these storage baskets are flexible and can be used to organise magazines or books or to store any household object. They appear in different sizes, shapes and colours. Complement your decor with one of these and give that designer touch to your home furnishings. Our collection includes: Calligaris -Basket, Alwin, Elliot, Utility. 

Pillows: Pillows mainly serve to punch-up the elegance factor and provide your guests with a little extra comfort on your sofa, and offer a cosy, layered feeling to your space. If you choose pillows wisely, setting them up is a piece of cake. Throw pillows are usually small in size and are used to flaunt your space whereas the normal size pillows are used to rest on, and for comfort cosy feeling. Use contrast pillow colours to complement your decor. Pillows work not only to change the look and feeling of a room but also help balance the room by repeating the colours or patterns found on the other side of the room. Adding this accessory will help you achieve a plush elegant look along with touches of colour and patterns. Refresh the look of your space today with these and invite your friends for a fun time together. View Fama sofas for our extensive pillow collection.

Accessories that increase the elegance of your space
Bottle rack: Having friends around for a get together or to watch a movie? Bottle rack is one of the best options while serving drinks. With a modern design, this rack is a stylish way to put your glassware and lovely liquor bottles on display. And if you don’t have the space to go all-out with your home bar, placing it in your living space will make your guests feel welcomed to pick drinks whenever they wish to. Great looking and versatile piece, this rack helps you organize your bottles avoiding the chance of knocking over pricey glass liquor bottles. It saves valuable counter space, and will safely hold those special-occasion bottles for you. For instance our Calligaris Arsenal bottle rack.

Candlestick: If you've got candlesticks in your closet or shoved in a cabinet, display them in your living space to add a note of elegance to the environment. A classic accessory you can display on your fireplace mantel, side table or centre table is a good idea. Though they all look similar, they vary in terms of height. Candles have been used throughout history to provide light, warmth and ambience in the home. They're often associated with romance and are a great way to create a mood of relaxation or calmness. Candles can be incorporated into your home in many forms, from collections of small candles to large pillars in their own decorative holders. Even if they're never lit, today's candlesticks are created to complement your home's décor simply based on their colour and design. Our collection include Calligaris Cathedral and Mario Cioni Candelalbero.

Coat stand: They are not only known for their form but functionality too. Coat stand makes your décor look classic and as a piece of utility. You can use it as a coat holder or umbrella holder. Usually adorned at the corner of your home, for ease and accessibility. Our collection includes Bonaldo Tree, Tonin Casa Alga, Calligaris Flow, Landscape, Memorabilia, Medusa.

Accessories are the most personal part of interior design. They give rooms personality and express you and your taste. These functional and decorative items tell something about the interests and activities of the people who live in the home. Accessories contribute to the overall cosiness of a space once they are layered together. Use them wisely and your interior will stand out and make your home livelier.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Simple Colour Principles to get a perfect Interior Colour Scheme (Part -3)

Some of the useful principles include:

- Colour makes a tiny room feel larger, or a spacious one feel more intimate. Bright colours give an illusion or the feeling of more space and the darker or warm colours make the room look smaller. It doesn't really matter if they are warm or cool colours.

- However, once you get to the lighter tones, the warmth of a colour does matter. Blues, greens and cool greys are receding colours and they tend to make a room look larger while red, yellow, orange and warm browns are advancing colours.

- You can make your space feel cosy by painting the walls with a warm colour, or make a narrow space feel wider by using different colours on opposing walls. The paint colours you choose, as well as the colour of the furniture and accessories, all create a mood.

- Trim your colour choices down to those that work with your furniture and non-negotiable elements like curtains, wall art, wall clock or accessories. Check your rugs, carpets, paintings and other items you have for your home. You can use this as basis of your colour. Choose colours that would match them. If you have colourful rugs and curtains, you can get colours from them. The textures from your home decors can make the look more dimensional and even more appealing.

- Bright colours like vibrant shades of green and blue, yellow, and orange provide an expansive feeling. These are friendly, happy colours that encourage communication. They are an attention-grabber and may be a good choice for a spot that needs to be emphasized. Consider your location and the amount of light you have as well. Bright, hot colours work well in warm, sunny climes, where the sun diminishes their intensity. Another approach to choosing colour is to take the hue from an object you already own — ideally, an investment piece like a work of art or a rug. If you love the item, then you will usually love the same colours reflected elsewhere in the room. Use the brightest colours from the fabric for accessories and accents like welting, picture mats, and decorative pillows.                                                                                               
- Dark colours, such as red, purple, blue, and dark shades of green, can have a constricting and gloomy effect. But when applied in the right place or as accent elements, they can help convey comfort and security.

- Warm colours are best used in rooms that face north because they inspire activity. Avoid them in rooms meant for relaxation, like the bedroom. They are more suitable for winter and make a room more inviting and welcoming with tints that set off a reassuring feeling. Intimate spaces are created with the use of warm earth tints that look naturally cosy and comfortable.

-Cold colours, such as icy blues and green, have a calming effect. They are well-suited for leisure space; they help you to go to sleep feeling relaxed and wake up refreshed. Use relaxing cool colours can form a relaxing atmosphere. Consider shades of blue, green or even lavender to calm yourself in your escape rooms. When using this technique, remember that the darker the shade of colour you choose, the more apparent the effect. White or pastel shades are effective in giving a cramped space a more open look. Wall and furniture of similar or closely matched colours give a room a wider effect. Delicate colours are perfect for a cooler room effect. They give a fresh, relaxing touch to a room and best suited for summer look.

 - Put something black in every room as a defining agent. The black clarifies and enhances rest of the colours in the space. Try a black lampshade, a black vase or a black picture frame.
Add black element in your space
- Avoid the common colour white scheme for the entire room. Although it can add space, it is nowhere near as effective as tinted colours. Using white in accessories is a good idea.

- Lighting is an important aspect of all decor and function within the home and should never be overlooked. Light reflects and deflects colour, changing it constantly, throughout the day. A room’s truest colours are those found in the daylight hours and the hues will alter throughout the day and the seasons as the lighting changes. Different lightings can change the appearance of colour as well.  Indigo, for example can appear bluer in one room and have much more red in another. Because the lighting makes a big difference to how a colour looks, and how it affects you. Consider how natural and artificial light will affect your colour scheme. Some peach colours may become pink, and yellow can veer off to either the lemon-green or butter-yellow side under different lights. Natural daylight shows the truest colour; Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows; Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. So, a strong colour might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

- Mix and match patterns: A new trend in décor is mixing and matching materials and patterns, but keeping all within the same colour family.  In a living room use one colour for the walls, and then lighten the same colour in throw pillows, accent rugs, and adjacent spaces. The result will be a pulled together look. Feel free to mix up the colour ratios as long as you stay within your chosen colour scheme. Mixing colours can help bring a personal touch to your space. You may use just one or two colours throughout the house, and then mix it up with other accent colours. However it’s also important to understand that different rooms have different personalities, so that also needs to be taken into consideration. For a certain match, pick colours that are on contrary sides of the colour wheel, aka complimentary colours. Besides, you can choose colours you like, say four core colours and maybe two patterns. Combine them and check if they look good together; if not, choose another colour or a different pattern. Try different combinations. Start by selecting one colour or a monochromatic scheme and then add other colours that look good with it. There should be one dominant colour serving as your primary colour and then the others are complementary. This will surely help you choose a good colour scheme for your interior.

Mix and match patterns
- Seasonal colour variations are another way to choose colours and a painless way too. Fall colours such as mustard yellows, russets and browns will create a calm and subdued space, perfect for resting. Spring colours, on the other hand, are more uplifting; pinks, light green, lilac and saffron yellow impart a naive, fresh and uplifting look to a room. Create a home with a cohesive look that flows from room to room. If someone were to see your home as a series of snapshots, each room a separate picture jumbled up with pictures of other people’s homes, you want them to know all of your rooms are from the same house. You create that connection with colour. Check if other rooms can be seen while you are on a different part of the house. If it could be seen, you have to make sure that its colour will be coherent with the rest of the house. Otherwise, it will look like a different home. Plan your home’s colour scheme in relation to other rooms based on how much it can be seen from that room. This way, you will be able to create continuity. Plan your colour scheme in relation to how much of each room is visible from another room.

- Aside from starting with a favourite colour. A favourite pattern can also do the job. Choose the best pattern that you like and then select colours that would look good with it. If your pattern is colourful, you can pick colours from that. For sure, they would match. You can also try using contrasts to it to make it look even lovelier.

- Don't overload your space with too many colours or you will create visual confusion.

- Every room serves a different function and usage. It also comes in different sizes and shapes. Hence, you would need different colours for that. Decide which colour would suit a certain room. Light colours are usually used for the walls with darker flooring. For instance, if your room is small, do not use dark colours for it will make it appear even smaller. Use light colours instead. You can add some dark colours as accent but not as a primary colour.

- Keep bright, trendy colours to use as accents, so that you can easily and inexpensively change them when their appeal passes.

With the vast number of colours available, you could be confused which one to use for your interiors but once you follow the colour scheme, choosing a whole colour palette for your space will be easy and fun. 

READ ABOUT SIMPLE COLOUR PRINCIPLES TO GET A PERFECT INTERIOR COLOUR SCHEME (PART -1) HERE.

Simple Colour Principles to get a perfect Interior Colour Scheme (Part -2)

How to choose colour scheme for your interiors

Questions you need to ask yourself before settling on an interior colour scheme: Are you re-arranging your home decor or are you shifting to a new house? What will you use the room for and which times of the day?  How do you want to feel when you’re in this room? Calm and focused? Energized? Relaxed? Secure? What mood are you trying to achieve? Think of the style you desire, and whether you want your space to reflect your personality. Do you want the place to be bright and cheery, or dark and cosy? Check how much sunlight is entering your room and what times of day. Answering these questions will give you an outline as to what kind of hues will suit your space. Bear in mind that just because you like a colour does not mean it is necessarily ideal for your project. In fact, choosing a colour scheme means looking at the entire proportion of your home, be it wall paint, furniture, accessories, floor, and ceiling.

-First, choose a style whether formal or casual and a theme for your room such as country style, Earthly or garden, or modern. It is better to start with the overall feeling you want for your home and picking a favourite colour will lead you to the right colour scheme. Once you know which colour scheme is best, you can look for inspiration in nature, interiors, fashion, and fabrics to help you round out your palette. After all, when you look at whole house colour palette you need to consider the fixed elements in your home too like cabinetry, flooring, wall tiles, and countertops.

-Look for inspiration. This could be the easiest way to choose colour schemes. Look for design magazines that feature beautiful interiors. You can also browse websites which can give you interior design inspirations. Pull inspiration from art and choose a favourite colour from there and use tone on tone variations throughout the room.  This will prevent making the room too busy for the eye, and will blend beautifully with your art work. There are indeed different ways to choose a colour scheme for your home but be sure that they complement well with each other and that they harmonize together with the other accessories, furniture and furnishings in your home. Choosing a perfect colour permutation for your home interior can be a planning that is fun as well as overwhelming. But colour can prove to be a potent means for transforming a plain space into an astounding setting. Keep in mind that when it comes to setting up colour scheme for your space, looking at wallpaper, furniture pattern, and your wardrobe for inspiration would be a great idea. Just as finding a perfect tie to suit your shirt or a perfect clutch to suit your dress, choosing a colour palette for your space can be overwhelming as well as fun.

-Pick colours that invoke emotional values. Emotion has a lot to do with colour psychology. Each colour has a meaning behind it, so choose colours wisely depending upon the altering levels of impact on the emotions of your family members and also that of guests. The psychological effects of specific colours are explained in our blog here (link).

-Go with your personality. Go with your character and style. If you are reclusive and feel overwhelmed in rooms with a lot of pattern and colour, avoid a lot of bright colours and large prints. If your personality is extroverted and colourful, you may quickly get bored with a colour palette full of neutrals. Choosing the right colour scheme can enhance the liveability of your house and inadvertently instil feelings of health and well-being. These tips are just to simplify your ordeal, if you are more skilled with picking colours or you naturally have a “good eye” for colour, then by all means, feel free to have fun with it. After all, colour is about what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own home. It’s important that you choose colours that you are comfortable with on a personal level. After all, your home should reflect your persona.

- Following the colour wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colours. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colours, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations function beautifully together, and you may even become attracted to entirely new colour palettes. The colour wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a colour. Draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the colour wheel all the way down to the red-violet; you'll see that all the colours on the left are warm and the colours on the right are cool. Use the colour wheel and simplify the process of choosing colours by narrowing down your choices to two colour schemes. There are more, of course, but these are the most effective and provide a great place to start. Repeat colours evenly throughout the room, and in at least 3 places.

- Choose a colour scheme for your foyer, living room, and dining room first and then pull one colour from the scheme. This way build your palette with the shades of the same hue. For example, take the red sofa and tone it down to burgundy with an accent in private spaces.

- While choosing a colour scheme, start from the largest pattern and formal areas in your space. If you've got patterned upholstery, an oriental rug, a bright coloured lamp or large piece of artwork, pick colours you like from the pattern. In addition, you can have a neutral wall paint colour, for which you can look at the pattern's whites and beiges. On the other hand, if you’re moving to a new place, make sure you decide on the wall paint colour last and set your furniture and other accent first. This is because wall paints and accessories are inexpensive and can be dealt later. Start with the difficult parts of your space such as furniture and rugs or carpets then move on to wall colour. While there are those who prefer more neutral furnishings contrasted by bold and powerful walls.

- Get started by decorating from dark to light, vertically. Choose darker colour values for the floor, medium colour values for the walls and light values for the ceiling. Any interior idea which does to replicate the outside world or nature is always a good idea. In other words, the exterior environment is generally darker below our feet like the earth itself hence using the same colour for flooring is recommended, medium-valued as you look straight ahead are buildings and trees which denotes your furniture and lighter values are skyward denoting the ceiling. Colour psychology suggests using colour in your interiors that remind you of nature. Colours that appear in nature will blend perfectly in your home -interior. In decorating and designing using colours, there are different values that one should consider: light, medium and dark. Walls and floors are done with light colours so that the accessories in it will still be emphasized. The flooring is always darker than the walls so it won’t look like floating. For the furniture and window treatments, it would have colours in medium value. Dark colours can be used as accents scattered around the interior.

- Use the 60-30-10 rule. Tried and tested formula among immensely experienced interior designers, divide the colour in your space starting with 60 percent as a dominant or primary colour, 30 percent as secondary colour and 10 percent as an accent colour. This means the wall will be the dominant part and you should use a neutral colour, furnishing will be the secondary  (upholstery, pillows, curtains, etc) and accessories like vase or pillow will be the carrying the least proportion of the colour. As a general rule, the dominating colour of your room should be in the lightest colour, your secondary colour should be a mid-tone and your accent colours should be the brightest. To help you choose a colour scheme, look at the colours in the largest pattern in the room first, be it drapery, upholstery fabric, an Oriental rug or a large artwork. Then choose colours based upon that piece. Besides if your favourite piece of art is red, black and gray, you can choose the gray to be 60 percent, the red to be 30 percent and the black to be the 10 percent. This rule strikes a balance which allows you to browse from one focal point to another with ease. Also, It’s easy to determine complementary and accent colours by the selecting the dominant colour.

60-30-10 rule: Here 60% is wall paint, 30% is furniture, 10% is accessories
- Ask yourself what kind of mood you would like to have for your home and also consider the mood of the room. This can help you choose a colour. If you choose soft, cool, neutral, muted and toned down colours, it will create a calm and quieter feeling. These are colours like beige, white, cream, light brown and others. You can also choose vibrant, strong and bold colours to make it look lively and full of energy and are for drama. These are colours like red, orange, blue and other vibrant colours. You can also use these colours as accents. Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colours add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance. Be careful not to over-stimulate your children with intensely bright hues. You may not know it, but some brighter colours can lead to unrest and irritability.

- When choosing your colour palette you may want to start with contrasts something dark paired with something light. If you wish to infuse a little more colour and energy into your room you might consider adding something bright. If you’re more comfortable with pale walls, look to your furnishings, accessories and rugs for added colour. When picking your colours, especially the bolder ones, makes sure they are crisp and the lines are clean. If your style is more subtle, softer, neutral shades should be considered.

- Create a flow of colours throughout your home. Whether you want to start from larger to smaller or the other way round, restate it in a different way in an adjoining space. For instance, start with your living room, if you have a grey sofa, use the same for fabric seating in dining room, lampshades in the family room or place mats in the kitchen. Start out in the more formal living areas of your home. Let the colours you choose for the living room, dining room, and entry set the tone for the rest of the house. One decorator hangs identical curtains in adjoining rooms to maintain consistency and flow. In a broad spectrum it’s wise to have continuity throughout the entire house or else each room in your home will look out of place.

Flow of colours and patterns: example blue, black and white are followed in every room
- Pick the paint colour last. Draw out plans of your rooms and sketch in the colours with furniture, wall colour and accent. Take that colour and look at it several shades and hues lighter and several shades and hues darker.  If they work on paper, they might as well work for your interior home. Also, make sure there is flow in your colour scheme from room to room so that the colours complement each other. An adjoining room may want a non accent or a neutral colour, or conversely you can work with contrasting tones as well as long as there is always a semblance of flow. You love the idea of infusing your space with colour, but you’re not really quite ready to add it to your walls. There are plenty of ways to add splashes of colour to your home. If you keep your walls neutral – pale beiges, sands, ivories, greys and whites – you can bring colour in with rugs, furniture, lamps, pillows, throws and artwork, flowers, and fresh fruit.

- Testing or experimenting the colour samples to see which colour looks good in which part of your space including furniture and accessories will help in deciding the whole colour palette for your home. To get started, select a favourite colour drawn from artwork, a rug, dishes and an accessory or furniture piece as a main colour or accent. Buy colour sample for paint, furniture finish, rug material and leave it in the room for couple of days and check how the colour look in different kinds of lighting throughout the day, this will help you lighter or darken it based on the exposure.  Trial and error method is always a successful ploy anywhere. Give a trail run before implementing any colour scheme. This process will give you clear picture of the kind of look you are seeking for. This will also enhance your confidence by establishing your choice of colours. Then you can play around with the hue and saturation levels of the colour according to your requirements. If you really want the best colour scheme for your interior, you can try creating a sample board of colour patterns, styles and wallpapers. You can also make a scrap book so you can test the combinations. There are take home samples in home design stores; you can use this for your planning.

READ ABOUT SIMPLE COLOUR PRINCIPLES TO GET A PERFECT INTERIOR COLOUR SCHEME (PART -3) HERE.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Simple Colour Principles to get a perfect Interior Colour Scheme (Part -1)

Colour is a vital aspect when it comes to designing homes. It accounts for 60% of our response to an object or a place. In our previous blog, we discussed how to set the right emotion or mood in your living space with the right colours. Knowing the colour principles to choose the perfect colour permutation for your home, and the relationship between the colour and mood, can help you strategically select colours for your interiors. Here are a few tips that will help you arrive at a great colour scheme.

The Colour wheel:

The colour wheel is a basic tool for decorating. There are mainly three colour categories: primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

Primary colours are red, blue and yellow. Combining these colours will give you black. They are pure colours and cannot be created by mixing other colours.

Secondary colours are orange, green and purple. When two equal parts of primary colours are combined you get secondary colours. For instance, green is the result of mixing equal parts of yellow and blue, orange is the result of mixing yellow and red, and purple is the result of blue and red.

Tertiary colours are created by mixing one primary colour with one adjacent secondary colour to create different hues, making the primary and secondary colours appear less vivid. The resulting colours are yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange and yellow-orange. White and black are often added to darken and soften these hues.

The Colour Wheel - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
Choose your colour scheme wisely
Knowing your colour scheme

Use your colour wheel to help you create your own colour scheme that best fits your personality. Below are the possible colour schemes.

Monochromatic: This scheme uses the tone of the same colour as well as an addition of light or dark tone to lighten or darken the colour. It's simply one colour in varying intensities from light to dark. Monochromatic schemes are more peaceful as a rule, as the eye can move easily around the room without interruption by other colours. For instance, this scheme pink can become a baby pink or a dark raspberry pink and all three hues of the same shade are used to create this effect. Create bold or subtle variations within one colour group, if you feel one colour is boring.

Analogous: This scheme uses two or more colours in a row that are juxtaposed to each other on the colour wheel. For example yellow will be used with green or orange, or blue will be used with green or purple. This means one primary colour and two supporting colours being a secondary or a tertiary colour on either side of the main colour. This creates a colourful and often soothing palette. Analogues are harmonizing and best used in casual or informal areas of the house.

Contrast: The contrast scheme is more dramatic. The contrasting colours used could be yellow-orange, green-blue and red-purple. This introduces more colour and energy into your home’s palette. When choosing your colour palette you may want to start with contrasts such as dark colour paired with light. This gives balance and it is the key to setting the right mood to your space. A high-contrast space appears clearer and more highly defined than a space that incorporates low contrasts. So think about how you want to use high contrast to enhance the formality of a room and low contrast to introduce soothing qualities.

Complementary: These colours are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. Here two opposing colours, such as red and green, blue and yellow, or purple and orange are used together to create a dramatic, bold and high energy colour scheme. Each pair of colours complements each other and produces a neutral colour. It is a more energetic and lively colour scheme, because it is all about contrast. If you are creating a complementary colour palette, then your accent colour should be a complementary colour (opposite on the colour wheel) to either your bold colour or your second colour.  For example, if your bold colour is blue and your second colour is green, your complementary accent could be orange or red (the respective compliments of blue and green). You may use just one or two colours throughout the house, and then mix it up with other accent colours. However take into consideration and understand that different rooms have different personalities.

Triadic colour scheme: It is created using three equally spaced colours on the colour wheel that forms an equilateral triangle. Colours like red, yellow, and blue; and orange, green, and violet form a triad colour scheme on the wheel. Triadic palettes are particularly vibrant and energetic, due to the immense diversity in hues.

Neutral colour schemes: These are generally found relaxing. Neutral colours are a reliable decorating tool, providing welcome visual breaks, versatility, excellent backdrops and soothing moods, depending on how you treat them. Neutral colours include black, white, gray, and sometimes brown and beige. For instance, grey can also be calming–a perfect hue for uniting a range of decor choices in large and small spaces alike. A turquoise vase or a yellow table setting will keep the room neutral, but add whimsy and visual interest. If you have a lot of bright colours, adding in neutral will help break them up and balance it out. You can also use them to help lighten or tone down the room. Start with a neutral scheme, and use colourful accents to make it fun. If you prefer a crisp neutral palette in your space, keep your furnishings neutral and add a pop of colour in your décor. Neutral colour is the key to perfect balance, allowing a space to blend perfectly with its surrounding. Lighter shades allow better versatility concerning accessories and furniture. Even curtains of different colours or patterns can easily blend well. Any colour that brings balance to your two bold colours can be your neutral. Don't just think white or beige.

The colour wheel is a simple tool that’s used to discover and coordinate colour harmonies. The colour circle can be divided into warm and cool colours.

Warm colours: colours such as yellow, orange, red on the colour wheel tend to raise your energy and intensity levels, room temperature, and make your home look welcoming. Use warm colours in your designs to reflect passion, happiness, enthusiasm, and energy.

Cool colours: colours such as blue, green or pastel colours on the colour wheel calms you down physiologically or psychological. They give a fresh, relaxing touch to a room. If cool colours make you feel good, check out these refreshing rooms for decorating inspiration: Use cool colours in your designs to give a sense of calm or professionalism.

To know which colour works well together, you need to know the three dimensions of the colour on the wheel and the terminology used to describe each colour. Hue is mainly the original colour or pure spectrum of colour on the wheel and is synonymous to colour. The value of the hue is how light or dark it is or how intense, dominating or saturated it is. This hue is divided in 3 ranges like tint, shade and tone. Tint is the result of adding white. Shade is the result of adding black. Tone is the result of adding grey.

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