As interior designers, we can’t tell you how many questions we get from clients and friends about choosing the right colors for their homes and offices. Because color is such a powerful element of design, we thought we’d compile a brief list of rules of thumb for achieving the look you’re after.
1. Follow the 60-30-10 rule – In other words, 60% dominant color, 30% secondary color, and 10% accent color.
2. Pick colors from dominating pattern – Patterned rugs and other upholstered elements of a room are often a treasure trove for finding accent colors. Pick a color you like from these dominate design pieces and run with it.
3. Color psychology 101 – There is a psychology to color that influences the way a room makes us feel. A couple examples: Blues/greens – Calming; Yellow/Orange/Red – Raise energy levels
4. Add splashes of color – Splashes of color are a great way to add life to any room. If you don’t want to go all out with color, you can add color to staples such as lampshades (shown below) or curtains.
5. Look in your closet – Our clothing picks speak volumes about colors we’re attracted to, so use your wardrobe to help guide you.
6. Don’t design a room around wall color – Wall color is one of the easiest and least costly things to change in any interior design project. Don’t let it dictate the colors in your room.