Home Interior Color Schemes

Home interior color schemes include many elements like walls, floor, furniture, fabrics and furnishings, accessories, artwork, and so on. They do not, however, all need to be the same color. In fact it will be quite monotonous if they were.

So when thinking about using a color, consider its many variations like its shades, hues, tones and tints.

While finalizing the color scheme for a room, it is best to select just two colors. Starting with these main colors, add lighter and darker shades, warmer or cooler hues. It is very important to have a harmony or compatibility between the colors that you choose.

Having more than two main colors in your scheme will make it look very busy. And you will not get the desired impact from any of the colors.

While working out home interior color schemes, you need to consider different elements that are part of the home interiors. Elements like furniture, decorative items, mirrors, artwork, accessories etc. will decrease the visible surface area thereby diluting the ultimate impact of colors used on the walls.

Texture and pattern are important parts of a color scheme. They will influence the overall outcome in any space. So while conceiving the color scheme, think about these also and how they will affect the colors used.

As more and more colors are being added to the collections everyday, the home interior color schemes are becoming richer, more vibrant and sophisticated. As the choices become unlimited it gets more difficult to finalize on something.

These most basic color schemes, explained below, will give you the larger picture and help you choose a scheme of your choice.

  • White
    white on white is ideal for minimalist schemes. To soften its stark appearance, sometimes a little grey or yellow is included in the palette.
  • Neutral
    These are soft, classic shades which never go out of fashion. They can be used in every room in the house. It is predominantly a white scheme used with other colors such as brown or grey.
    A totally neutral scheme can appear bland and boring. It should be used with contrasting or bright colors.
  • Pastel
    These are mostly used in different tones so that they are a part of a range of shades rather than a single color. By using pastels in light and dark tones you can get a layered effect which gives depth to the whole scheme.
  • Dark
    These colors can give a very sophisticated and glamorous look to the whole space. Glossy materials, finishes, fabrics and proper lighting, illuminating the right surfaces, areas and elements complement the look, adding character to this type of color scheme.

Use these tips and guidelines on home interior color schemes to crystallize your ideas -

  • It is best to decorate small rooms with pale or light colors to give a feeling of spaciousness. Whites, pastels or neutral colors are a good option.
    Use bright accessories to make the scheme interesting.
    Keep the color scheme simple - a main color for walls and floors and one or two contrast colors for furniture and accessories.
  • For large rooms, it is preferable to have a dark color scheme, specially if you have big areas of plain walls. Using light colors everywhere will make it appear even bigger and emptier.
  • Colors will look different when viewed under artificial light. The final appearance will depend on the type of lights under which they are viewed. Consider that fact when finalizing your home interior color schemes.
  • Where the space is tight and there is very little or no natural light, apart from using light colors, have reflective surfaces like mirror, glass, stainless steel, lacquer finish, high-gloss paints etc. to enhance the sense of space.
  • Warm colors and dark shades advance. Use these for a greater sense of enclosure.
    Cool colors and lighter shades recede. Use these for a sense of greater space.
  • When planning your scheme, think up to the last details like lampshades, door handles, picture frames etc. It will give you a complete picture and your thinking will be much closer to the end result.

Color is a sensitive issue and a fun part at the same time in interior design. These guidelines will help you formalize your thoughts on home interior color schemes and help you translate your ideas into colorful spaces in your home.

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