How to mix and match colors like a pro

How to mix and match colors like a pro

Mixing and matching colors in your home interiors starts with understanding the basics of colour pairing. Learning how to use the “colour wheel” will give you a head start in understanding, which colors compliment and which oppose each other. Colors can broadly be divided into 4 main categories, namely complimentary colors, opposing colors, warm and cold colour hues. Once you have understood these principles, you will have enough confidence to start experimenting with colors in your own home. The colour wheel gives you an easy visual guide to identify matching colors and even lets you pick accent colors for accent furniture pieces or colorful cushions and rugs easily.

Using the colour wheel, you can pick matching colors, which are next to each other or opposing colors , which will always be at the exact opposite side of the wheel. It is generally advised to stick to either warm colors or cold colors, and mixing warm and cold hues almost never looks great, so stay away from this challenge, unless you have enough professional knowledge and experience working with colors.

To give your interiors a comprehensive look and feel, chose one main colour and work with matching hues of this colour for your furniture, floor, walls and ceiling, generally keeping the lighter hues of your chosen colour towards the ceiling and slowly grading towards darker hues the closer you get to the floor. This will make sure, that your room will look spacious and airy rather than dingy and claustrophobic, which can happen easily, if the darker hues are on the ceiling level.

If your chosen colour is blue for example, work with very light hues of blue for your ceiling and walls and have a pop of dark blue colour in your cushion covers and window pleats. An opposing or accent colour can be applied by furnishing your space with a bold orange or red rug with a pattern that predominantly features the orange accent colour, but picks up your blue main scheme with shades of blue in it

Art work is another important element, that has to be chosen carefully and in coordination with your colour scheme. You wouldn’t want to have a carefully selected colour scheme busted by a jarring colour in your art work. So within your blue colour scheme art work that features shades of yellow, orange or red will work well, but stay away from colours that do not reflect your chosen accent colour. This strategy will give your home a finished and comprehensive look that will surely make every visitor to your house give you a well deserved compliment.