Planning a Colour Scheme for Your Home

There are many considerations to ponder over when planning a colour scheme for a room. It's really vital that you carefully choose your colours, since they can have either a positive or a negative psychological impact on the people who inhabit the room.

Less is more
A colour scheme should feature either a swatch of one colour, or be 2-tone between two complimentary colours. While it might be tempting to try and feature all your favourite colours in one room, it can be as bad an idea as trying to make a dish with all your favourite ingredients. Less is more.

Keep the walls light
Whether you use wallpaper or paint, lighter will be more suitable - they brighten a room and actually make it look bigger.

Darker flooring
Flooring can be darker, and darker colours more easily hide stains from spills.looring can be darker, and darker colours more easily hide stains from spills.

Each room can have its own colour scheme
Your home is most likely not open plan, so don't think that you have to maintain the same colour scheme throughout the house.

Colours and their psychological influence
Be aware that colours have a psychological influence. Generally speaking, it's good to choose very light tones of colours to quite literally tone down the influence the colours can have on the people inhabiting the room. Much has been written about how each colour influences different feelings in people, but the cautious approach is to lighten colours to minimise this effect.

Browse for furnishings before choosing your colour scheme
Paints and wallpaper come in almost every hue of colour, but that's not the same for your favourite sofa or cushions. Browse through furniture shops to get some inspiration for your colour scheme - at least you know the furniture needed to match the colour scheme is available!

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