Colour Scheming Tips with Anne Roselt

Anne Roselt
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

Colour Scheming

Image courtesy of Plascon Spaces Magazine

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:

Colour Scheming

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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):

Colour Scheming

Image courtesy of Plascon Spaces Magazine

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.

Colour Scheming Tips

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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:

Colour Scheming Tips

Image courtesy of Plascon Spaces Magazine

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:

Colour Scheming Tips

Image courtesy of Plascon Spaces Magazine

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!

Plascon SPACES Issue 18 - "Stroke of Genius"

Plascon SPACES Issue 18 – “Stroke of Genius”

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4 Responses

  1. Nerina says:

    I love this look. Which colour did you use on the walls?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Nerina – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends.

      I will ask our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom. Is there any specific wall in particular that you are referring to (which picture)?

      Kind regards.

  2. Nerina says:

    Hi
    I’m referring to the brown and gold bedroom

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Nerina,

      From our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom:

      The colour used here is Plaster – it is the old formula not the new Essential formula, so you will need to know that if/when purchasing the paint. You must use the code E16-2 – and this room was painted in Cashmere.

      If you have any questions and would like to contact our Spaces Showroom, please see details below:

      spaces@plascon.co.za

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