When choosing a colour scheme, the key thing to remember is that – unlike many other facets of interior design – it’s not a matter of taste. It’s a matter of science. Sure, you can get creative when choosing a colour scheme, but if you get too creative, things can become horribly wrong.
You might find a particular colour scheme not to your liking, but there’s a big difference between a bad colour scheme and one that’s not to your liking. There’s a reason why some colour schemes work and others don’t. There are rules.
According to Brandi Hussy there are three reasons why a colour scheme works or not.
1. It depends on where the colours are on the colour wheel in relation to each other. This means you need to know what a colour wheel looks like, what’s on it, and what the basic colour relationships are.
2. The contrast between colours is important, so you’ll need to know about value and saturation.
3. It’s about understanding how colours react next to each other.
Tricky isn’t it? Like I said, science! Interior designers understand the science of colour and many are formally trained for years to understand the intricacies of their trade, but if you want a cheat sheet, we thought we’d put together 8 colour schemes we think work every time.
1. Green and Sand
When it comes to choosing colours, nothing inspires the heart and soul more than the colours of nature. Whether it’s the green of the forest, the blue of the ocean or the beige of the sand, nature is awash with colour. Combine green with sand and you will create an interior that is bright and life affirming. For full effect, include patterns from nature. The leaf design on the wallpaper, rug and cushions, below, is using the colour green to its full advantage.
Visit this green and sand colour palette on Pinterest for more matching colours.
2. Blue And Sand
From the rainforest to the reef, blue and sand or blue and coral take the colours of the seaside and transform your living space into a calm, tranquil environment. Combine it with a beach wall print and you won’t even know you’re still in the big city.
For more matching colours, check out this blue and sand colour palette on Pinterest.
3. Blue, Red And Sand
“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.” – Nhat Hanh
Ahhh Mother Earth, she loves to inspire us and subdue us. Bring her earthy tones into your home. Think dusty blues, think desert reds, think seaside sands.
To discover more about these colours, check out this blue, red and sand colour palette.
4. Red And White
It’s time to shift away from nature now and explore the wonder of white. We love white on white – like this wall print for example – but a splash of colour never goes astray. You can add more if you like, but if you love to keep your home life simple and minimalist, white and just one other colour is your best friend.
What else matches red and white? Check out this Pinterest link for the red and white colour palette.
5. Pink And White
If you love white, you can use it liberally in a home, but choosing which colours will bring a room to life can be a challenge. Black and white is always a winner, but for a more feminine interior decorate a room with whites and pinks. If you like, add a splash of another colour but make sure it matches the tried and tested beauty of white and pink.
For more colour ideas to suit pink and white, take a look at this Pinterest pink and white colour palette.
6. Purple, Green And Yellow
Purple is a colour many women (and even a few men) love to the point of obsession. Purple can be done so badly. It can be overwhelming and scream ‘Too much!’ and ‘Get me away from this crazy person!’. But purple doesn’t have to be the domain of the crazy. Rekindle your love of purple by matching it with yellows and greens. Bold and charismatic without the ‘crazy purple lady’ label. For more purple prints, visit any of our collections and search by colour ‘purple’.
For more colours to match a purple, green and yellow palette, click here.
7. Brown On Brown
Hipster brown is in. Retro brown is back. Coffee brown never goes out of fashion. Don’t decorate your whole house with it, but pick a room – an office, a boy’s room or a teenager’s room – and own it.
For more browns, have a look at this colour palette on Pinterest.
8. Mustard And Moss
Mustard and moss or sunflower and rust? Whatever you call it, adding two matching tones to a white or grey base will provide a touch of class to a room. No retreat is complete without a wall art print and we’ve got the colours to match with this perfect posy of tulips.
Love mustard and moss? Or is that sunflower and rust? See the colour palette here.
Be brave. Be bold. Be creative. But don’t ignore the science of colour. Search our gallery by colour today!