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How to choose a colour scheme for your home

Perhaps getting started in choosing a colour for your home is the most difficult part. Once you have made a decision everything else seems to follow.

My first piece of advice would be to go for something that you like not what you believe to be on trend. Look in magazines and cut out pictures, put them together and see if there is a common colour scheme running though them all. Another great way of discovering colours you love is to look inside your wardrobe and see if there is a common colour that stands out. If you wear a lot of black then look at what colours you use to accessorise and perhaps think of a neutral colour scheme with accent colours that match your personal taste.

Different style houses naturally lend themselves to certain colour schemes:

A Period Home would suit those great colours offered by the period ranges by Farrow and Ball or Dulux period colours. Again match these to your own personal taste in colours.

A Contemporary Home lends itself to a neutral colour schemes but in this instance think of using texture in different fabrics and neutral doesn't always just mean cream or white it also incorporates soft greys and taupes ( see the blog post of decorating with Neutrals for more detail information www.kizme.co.uk/news/17/How-to-make-a-neutral-colour-scheme-interesting-and-effective.html )

Dark Homes naturally work well with light colours but as if with wearing blacks or neutrals think of accessorising with a pop of colour particularly with accessories less so with large items such as sofas which should also be keep light. 

 

Light Homes provide a basic canvas for virtually any colour. With such great opportunity think of linking rooms in your home with your chosen colour to provide a theme that runs throughout.

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Once you have chosen you colour scheme remember to balance things out. If you have dark floor such as a dark oak/wooden floor keep anything on the floor (Sofas, Tables etc. light). A single colour in different tones also works well especially for neutrals to keep things interesting always use the 3 colour rule even when all 3 colours are very similiar to add depth and interest. If you want to keep with a single colour scheme another tip is to use pattern again keep to the rule of 3 - one block colour (eg. walls), one large pattern (eg. curtains), one small scale pattern (eg. something smaller such as accessory or throw).

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Good luck and take a look at our other news items on using reds and blue all details can be found at the bottom of the homepage.

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Good luck and remember to make the whole process fun!