Create a Colour Palette for Your Home

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The Right Colour Palette Can Really Change Your Home

Colour coordination can be tricky. Many of us find it hard to manage a large amount of space like the whole home. To make it easier for yourself, the best way is to plan it ahead of time, area by area. 

1. Understand Your Fixed Elements

Some of the elements in your home are fixed. The main ones are trims, cabinetry, flooring, wall tiles and counter tops. They are a static part of your home’s colour palette and a great starting point.

Kitchen cupboards style inspiration from kitchenstudio-ge.com
Kitchen cupboards style inspiration from kitchenstudio-ge.com

Mass Tone / Undertone

Main thing to understand about those elements are their undertones. To grasp undertones you first need to recognise that every colour has two attributes: mass tone and undertone. Mass tone is what you normally see on the first glance, it’s the mass effect a colour creates.
Undertone is the more subtle part of the colour, it’s the building block that works in the background of the colour, invisible until you start analysing it. For example grey often has undertones of blue, green or purple, while beige often has undertones of red, pink, orange or yellow/green.

List Your Static Palette

Modern made to measure bedroom furniture with fitted wardrobe and a large dressing table in grey and white
Modern made to measure bedroom furniture with fitted wardrobe and a large dressing table in grey and white

To begin planning the colour palette for your home you need to understand the undertones that run across main items. The easiest way to achieve that is to create a list of all of your static elements and then list their undertones next to them. If the person designing your home did a good job you should see a clear pattern.

Undertones of fixed elements will quite often all belong to the same family of warm or cold colours. After completing your analysis you can start choosing the right colours that complement such palette.

2. Choose a Colour Scheme

Colour Palette Chart from Justsomethingimade.com
Colour Palette Chart from Justsomethingimade.com

After analysing your undertones the next step is to choose how you are planning to use them. You can choose to either complement or contrast them. If you decide to complement them and your undertones are mostly warm colours, use other warm colours across your home. If you decide to contrast them use cool colours to balance the warm ones out. The opposite applies if your main undertones are cool.
 

Some of the main styles of using your home colours are:

Monochromatic

Made to order living room tv cabinet in sycamore wood with contrasting matt white elements
Made to order living room tv cabinet in sycamore wood with contrasting matt white elements

To use this style you need to select one colour and then choose different shades, tints and tones of that colour for different areas and items. It’s a great option for someone who is colour-shy or new to decorating. Using the same colour across the whole house helps to make the space look more neutral.

Analogous

Also referred to as harmonious, this colour scheme uses colours adjacent to each other in the colour wheel. This palette will help you create an interesting look.

For example, if you are matching your undertones, and your main colour is red, your adjacent colours could be purple, red, orange and yellow or blue purple and red.

If you are contrasting your undertones the starting colour would be the opposite of your dominant undertone. 

Made to order dressing room in high gloss white with a large dressing table and a sitting area
Made to order dressing room in high gloss white with a large dressing table and a sitting area

Complementary

Direct opposites of each other on the colour wheel. For example: blue and orange, yellow and purple, red and green. This type of arrangement is quite daring and if you are colour-shy it might not be the best choice for you.

The three schemes above are basic colour coordination techniques that are easy to follow and can get you started.

Bedroom with a sitting unit at the feet of the bed and matching bedside cabinets in sycamore wood
Bedroom with a sitting unit at the feet of the bed and matching bedside cabinets in sycamore wood

3. Choose Your Neutrals

Neutrals play a vital role in any colour scheme. They are the background that will help you to bring out the colours you use in your home.

Select a white colour with the same undertones as your fixed elements. The easiest way to do that is to get couple of samples of white and find out which one works best. Use the main white colour on your trims, furniture and ceilings, to give your home harmony.

Neutral Colour Palette from Bhg.com
Neutral Colour Palette from Bhg.com

Select a neutral that will be our main go to neutral colour to use in all connected areas of your home. It can be the colour used in hallways, corridors, open spaces as well as bathrooms and closets. There are three choices when it comes to neutrals.

Warm Neutral

Anything from warm white (yellow or orange undertone) to beige or brown. Warm neutrals will coordinate with warm undertones it will also complement the cool undertones.

Warm Neutrals Colour Palette from Lindsayschloz.com
Warm Neutrals Colour Palette from Lindsayschloz.com

Cool Neutral

Starting from cool white (blue or green undertone) to grey and black. Cool neutrals will coordinate with cool undertones while contrasting the warm ones.

Cool Colour Palette from italiandipity.tumblr.com
Cool Colour Palette from italiandipity.tumblr.com

Greige Colours 

Created for the undecided. Greige is a mix of grey and beige it will act as a bonding agent for any undertones that are used across your home.

Final Word

Once your colour palette is decided upon you can start decorating! If you require any advice on your choices of furniture, wall papers, colours and styles you can always visit our Bolton showroom where our weathered designers can give you professional advice.

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You can browse more of our inspiring projects on our website.  If you would like more advice and help with your new home you can book an appointment at our showroom. Please call 01204 525432, or email sales@langleyinteriors.co.uk

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