|As you’ve probably noticed by now, the internet is filled with vague and confusing do-it-yourself decorating advice! So, in the interest of helping all of the DIY decorators out there create fabulous homes of their own, our team of Interior Design professionals have created a comprehensive process for developing a solid decorating plan.
We’ve compiled all of our years of industry experience and distilled it into one simple do-it-yourself process to help you create a perfect room color scheme; the first step to creating a killer decorating plan!
Starting with the basics we tried to put to words what we as professionals do the instant we walk into a clients home. Some of the steps may seem obvious but once you actually sit down and do the “home”work you’ll find that the most successful interior decorating projects begin with the end in mind!
These steps will help you create your own Designer Room Color Scheme:
1. Determine The Mood
It may seem silly but the first step is to ask yourself what type of feeling you want to create in the room. Is it vibrant and lively? Dark and cozy? Bright and airy? Good designs create an ambiance in the room, and understanding what you want the final outcome to be is a great place to start, so whatever you do don’t skip this step!
2. Choose Colors That Appeal to You
Take a look at your surroundings for inspiration. A great place to start is your wardrobe: your favorite colors will often be dominant in your closet. It’s not that your room color scheme must match the colors in your wardrobe, but you will likely notice a general trend. For instance if black, white, and beige are prevalent in your wardrobe you might be best to stick with a neutral palette in your room. Likewise, if your closet is filled with bold, tropical hues, you will likely be drawn to similar tones for your room colors.
3. Build A Color Palette
A good basic palette has 3 colors: a primary, a secondary, and an accent color. A good guideline for the proportion of each respective color is 60% primary, 30% secondary and 10% accent. Of the colors that you selected in step 2 determine the quantity of each color that you want in the room based on the mood that you’re trying to create. For instance, a dark and cozy room will have a dark warm primary color; a bright and airy room will have a light primary color; if you prefer light bright airy rooms but your favorite color is black then select black as your secondary or accent color.
4. Create Balance
The remaining colors in the palette should be used to create visual interest through contrast (dark primary color typically requires lighter accent colors, and vice versa). If you are intimidated by bold colors try adding them in small doses with a neutral base color, and if you’re attracted to vibrant colors they will need to be balanced out with neutral accents.
5. Allocate the Colors In Your Plan
There are several surfaces in a room that you can use to implement the color portion of your decorating plan. Start with the largest (walls, floors, sofas, tables, bedding) and then move to the smaller elements (toss cushions, tabletop accents, and decorative accessories). The larger elements in a room will typically be in varying shades of your primary color, medium-sized objects the secondary color and the smallest items will be the accent color. This isn’t a hard and fast rule but nevertheless it is a good place to start.
Do-IT-Yourself decorating projects often fail because they dismiss theimportance of having a solid decorating plan in place.
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