Anne Roselt, Plascon Colour Manager
1. Cool colours like gentle blues and greens will recede and make a room appear larger than it is. Warm colours which have a red undertone will advance, making a room appear smaller. These are two of many colour scheming tips to make your space shine!
Colour Scheming Tips with Anne Roselt
2. Use warm colours in areas where you want to create a friendly, sociable, active atmosphere, and cool colours in areas where you want to create a peaceful, intuitive atmosphere.
3. Colours having a similar tone work well together like the pastel colours below. Bright colours should work well together but can look unbalanced if you mix the two:
4. Accent colours work well to lift a scheme – think of a bright pink flower on a black dress.
5. For an interesting colour scheme, use the 60-30-10 principle. 60% being the main wall colour, 40% another colour similar in tone to the main wall colour (this may be curtains or fabric), and 10% accent colour (a feature wall or accessories like cushions, paintings or objects):
6. Balance cool colour schemes with some warm colours; for example, introduce some red, orange or yellow accents to balance and warm a cool blue scheme and vice-versa.
7. If you decide on a neutral colour scheme, create interest by introducing different textures like suede, wool, sisal, and leather.
8. Once you find a colour from the Inspired Colour range that you love, take it down a tone to compensate for the greater impact the colour will have on walls.
9. A colour may not look right until the furnishings and plants are put back in the room:
10. The effect of light can change the look of a colour. If you are unsure of the colour, test the colour first by painting it on a piece of card (1m by 1m) and place it on different walls of the room at different times of the day.
11. A bit of paint and colour can go a long way to creating an interesting work space. Try a trendy geometric design like the one below:
12. Be sure to get a copy of Plascon SPACES Magazine (Issue 18 is out now) to see what the latest colours and trends are as well as more colour scheming tips!