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The Ultimate Guide for Choosing Interior Color Schemes

The Ultimate Guide for Choosing Interior Color Schemes

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Choosing the right color scheme for your interior can be a daunting task. With so many options available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not! This ultimate guide will help you navigate the world of interior color schemes and create a space that is both visually stunning and uniquely you.

Why is choosing the right color scheme important?

Color has the power to transform a space. It can evoke emotions, set the mood, and create a sense of harmony or contrast. Choosing the right color scheme is crucial because it sets the foundation for the overall design of your interior. It can make or break the aesthetic appeal of your space.

Step 1: Define your style

Before diving into color options, it's important to define your personal style. Are you drawn to bold and vibrant colors, or do you prefer a more muted and neutral palette? Understanding your style will help you narrow down your color choices and create a cohesive look.


Photos: Beverly by Farrow and Ball and Ammonite on @airmilesandadventures via Farrow and Ball

Step 2: Consider the function of the space

Think about the purpose of the room you are designing. Is it a relaxing bedroom, a lively living room, or a productive home office? Different colors can evoke different emotions and have varying effects on our mood. For example, blues and greens are known to promote calmness and relaxation, while yellows and oranges can create a sense of energy and warmth.


Photos: Farrow and Ball - Charlotte's Locks and Stiffkey Blue

Step 3: Create a color palette

Now that you have a better understanding of your style and the function of the space, it's time to create a color palette. Start by selecting a main color that will serve as the foundation of your design. This color should be the dominant hue in the room. Then, choose one or two complementary colors that will add depth and visual interest. Finally, consider adding an accent color to create pops of excitement.


Photos: Cote Maison and Claybrook Studio

Step 4: Test the colors

Before committing to a color scheme, it's important to test the colors in your space. Paint swatches on the walls or use color visualization tools to see how the colors will look in different lighting conditions. Remember, colors can appear different depending on the time of day and the type of lighting in the room.


You can see how Rectory Red by Farrow and Ball looks different in spaces that have different amounts of light. 

Step 5: Trust your instincts and take risks

Choosing an interior color scheme is a personal decision. Trust your instincts and don't be afraid to take risks. If you're drawn to a bold color combination, go for it! Remember, it's your space and it should reflect your personality and style. Be adventurous and have fun with your color choices.

By following this ultimate guide, you'll be well-equipped to choose the perfect interior color scheme for your space. Remember, the key is to define your style, consider the function of the room, create a color palette, test the colors, and trust your instincts. With a little bit of courage and creativity, you'll create a space that is truly inspiring and uniquely yours.

This beautiful interior shows how Marion Alberge has created a cohesive and functional space, dividing the open layout up with her use of colour. 


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