Decorating a new space, or redecorating, can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. Your home is a blank canvas – you can go wild – but where do you start?
The first step is to pick a colour palette. This way you can ensure that you don’t buy, or set your heart on, décor items that won’t match the space in the end. This is easier said than done when there are so many gorgeous colours to choose from.
- Choose a colour scheme for the biggest room in the house or for the focal room
If you will be using existing furniture, carpets, curtains etc. then it helps to choose a colour scheme based on the hue that covers the largest surface area already. If your couch will be a main piece in the room, pick a colour that complements that item. If you want a more neutral colour scheme, look for neutral colours in the existing patterns. Choosing a neutral colour for main rooms like the lounge or kitchen makes it easier to pick colours for the rest of the house as you are not limited.
- Look at the rooms that are visible to one another
If you can see into your dining room from your living room you will need to make sure that the colour palettes of the rooms don’t clash or overpower one another. Try to use colours of the same hue for adjoining rooms and rooms that are visible to one another.
- Use the 60:30:10 rule for each room
When it comes to decorating, rules like this can really help: choose a primary, secondary and tertiary colour for your space and apply them in the 60:30:10 ratio, respectively. 60 percent of the space should exhibit the primary colour and walls are ideal for this. In your kitchen, your cupboards will likely take up 30 percent of the space. When choosing a colour for your kitchen cupboards first choose which material you will use and then select a colour from the colour range available. If you decide to use decorative panel products, note that MelaWoodSupaGloss has a wide colour range including natural wood patterns and bright solid colours. Finally, the last 10 percent will be made up of accent pieces in your tertiary colour. These can include appliances or curtains for instance.
- Leave connecting spaces neutral
Leaving connecting spaces like passages and entrance halls neutral allows you to make individual rooms bolder in colour. Neutral spaces give the eye a chance to rest before entering a space with a different colour palette.