You have probably seen the sort of articles in magazines or websites where somebody puts forward a colour palette or list of colours as, ‘This Seasons Must Have Colours’ for your home – with the implication that the starting point for your interior design can be colour. This sort of advice, in our view, is not good advice.
We do not believe that the best way to begin planning an interior is to start with a colour scheme. Moreover, we think a better starting point is style.
By style, we mean what sort of theme/personality do you want your interior to have? Do you want your space to be minimalist, eclectic, traditional, contemporary, classical, country, or something else? – answering this question is, for us, a better starting position. Then subsequently, a colour scheme that best suits the theme can be chosen
For instance, if your preferred theme and lifestyle is minimalist, you might consider keeping the colour scheme light and fairly neutral. Perhaps incorporating mostly white and light grey tones to best accentuate the minimal theme. Maybe something like this:.
Conversely, if your preference is for a country style interior, you may want to incorporate warm tones for a more pastoral feeling – perhaps something like this interior:
So from just two examples we can see how a colour scheme can be integral and complimentary to the specific style of a space. But as a concept, pairing colour with a theme is just one aspect of interior design – there are equally important associated considerations such as balance, rhythm, emphasis, proportion, scale, unity, harmony and variety.
Take a look at this next interior to see some of those considerations being employed:
This is a large, very eclectic space (and obviously not for the fainthearted) with an array of furniture pieces and objects that really should not sit well together. But, because the room is well proportioned – two rugs put together to make one large one – the giant size wall mural – the oversized sofa – the big chunky table legs and so on, it has harmony. At the same time, the elements used provide variety and balance. Whilst colour is coordinated, in a way that completely suits the slight eccentricity of the room.
Finally, what if we eliminate colour altogether and go monochrome? What if we suggested only black and white in your interior – how would that work?
Well, it may not have colour, but it is certainly harmonious, balanced and proportionate.