Choosing a Colour Scheme

With so many possible colours, choosing a colour scheme can be a little overwhelming so here are some tips to help you choose the perfect colour for your home.

First consider what you’ll be using your space for and the mood you’re trying to create.

Warmer colours are stimulating and create an intimate feel suited to social areas such as lounges or dining rooms or for a more calming and relaxed environment, possibly for a study or bedroom you might want to consider the use of cooler tones.

The next thing to consider is the colour scheme for the room, you may have existing colours in the room you don’t want to change such as furniture in which case you can build your colour scheme around neutrals.

It’s versatile and will not clash with the existing colours, if you want to introduce more colour you can mix light and dark tones of the same colour to create a tonal scheme for an modest and delicate look.

If you want to add a second colour, choose one that complements the first. To find paired colours you can use a colour wheel, complementary colours sit on opposite sides of the circle, so if your furniture is green you can create a complementary scheme with red or purple.

Finally if you’re feeling a little adventurous, a triad scheme uses equally spaced points on the wheel allowing you to introduce even more colour into your room.

An important consideration is the light colours in a south-facing room will appear warmer than a north-facing room, make sure you check how your chosen colours look in both natural and artificial lighting.

Once you’ve settled on a scheme, the best way to narrow down your selection is to try out some colours, Meridians Paints samples allow you to quickly try a desired colour within your room.

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