Interior Design - Colour schemes

Interior design is one of the most wonderful things you can do, there is nothing that I love more than look at a room and letting my imagination run wild with creative ideas. Whilst it can be so exciting filling a room with tons of new things, sometimes, less is more. For this reason, I would recommend taking out all of the elements, and search for inspiration.

Inspiration can be found in the likes of peoples homes, magazines, online, blog articles, and other publications. That way you will get to see the many styles.

Its extremely important that you look for inspiration to find what you like, this solid plan is the make or break of your vision, kind of similar to having a blank canvas and experimenting with colour palettes. 

You should make use of the 60-30-10 rule which can help you develop a colour scheme. It will also help balance the colours throughout your space. 

  • 60% should be the main colour of the room, for example the colours of your walls, sofa, and area rug.
  • 30% is the secondary colour that should support your main colour. This could be in the form of accented chairs, painted furniture, a feature wall, curtains etc.
  • 10% is your accented colour, this could be in the form of the pillow for your sofa, photos on the wall, other accessories such as lamps, candles, etc.

 To help you explore colours you could use a colour wheel which can show you colour combinations that are complementary, monochromatic, analogous, triadic, tetradic, and more. You can of course always be creative and adjust the rules above to create something more bespoke. Make your own formula to find a balance that you like.

complimentary color wheel

Colour schemes is only the start to interior design, standby as we explore the many ways to create a wonderful living space. After you have chosen your colours, you can begin painting your walls yourself or by using a professional, or wallpapering to get that 60% colour of your choice.

This next step is to either bring items back in, that work with the colour scheme or ditch them and find something better. Shopping is the fun part, you can slowly add elements that match your colour scheme, removing anything that doesn’t suit the room.

By no means am I suggesting that you need to go out and buy the most expensive things, we love adding natural elements such as carved wooden ornaments that add to the interior design décor throughout your home.

Perhaps our hand painted Indian furniture would add a sense of sophistication creating somewhat of a centre piece for the room you’re working on. Sometimes a few carved candle holders add enough value to a shelf for a more simplistic design.

Handmade pieces tend to stand out better than the more commercially produced counterparts, with this in mind and depending on your ability. You could get creative and start making some of the elements yourself, such as wood carvings, curtain tiebacks, cushion covers, in my bedroom for example, I have a bamboo curtain pole, which required no expenditure and looks much better and rustic than a shiny piece of machine-buffed metal that everyone else has in there home.

Different is always good as it makes for a more interesting environment, making your home more memorable to guests, and more unique to you.

Another concept related to interior design is placement, whilst symmetrical generally always looks good to the eye.

It is not always possible to place things this way usually due to the architectural design structure of the room. My living room space is a very odd shape, and I find myself constantly moving things around to try get it right. 

Something to consider here is ‘what do you want the attention to be on? What do you want your guests to see when sitting down on your sofa? I find the most attractive view in my living room is either the view of outside, the nature of my plants and trees on the patio or the view of my rustic book shelf on the wall appealing to my intellectual nature.

Each room will of course vary in shape, and sometimes placement may not be obvious but take your time, and the design will come to you, even ask your guests how they would display the room.

Interior design for the home can be a difficult or simple challenge, if you utilise a lot of these how to tips, and advice, you will likely get a good result. It doesn’t just end there, interior design is often used in workplaces, restaurants, cafes, bars, and more. 

Interior designers earn quite a substantial salary, usually between £19,000 - 45,000 per year. If you are interested in doing this as a job, it may be worth you taking a course to ensure you are qualified, or to help others for a lower budget to build up your portfolio as an entry level Interior designer. My biggest advice to you is have fun, and try to enjoy the process as much as possible.

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