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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Color Scheme

June 15, 2012 IADT General, IADT Detroit, Interior Design 0 Comments

Interior Design Colors and SchemesNo matter what kind of room you’re working on or what specialization of interior design you do, you always have to make a choice about color.

Developing an effective color scheme is a huge step in the design process. The colors you choose can affect the atmosphere of a room, the furniture you choose, the style or theme, and more.

To be successful, implementing a color scheme takes planning and research, and you’ll get better at it with practice. Before you begin your projects, ask these questions to help you choose the right colors.

What will the room be used for? To start off your research, ask yourself what the space’s function is. How will its inhabitants use it? What kind of activities will it encourage? How versatile is the space? Anticipating functionality is a huge step in picking the best colors.

What is the tone of the room? Determining the room’s use can help you figure out the tone of the room, but you also need to consider the architecture, theme, or style of the overall design. For example, the colors you’d choose for a sleek, modern kitchen could be radically different than those you’d use in a quaint, farmhouse-style space.

How much color do I need? Before you pick your colors, figure out what you want to use it on. Consider the furnishings, the flooring, the walls and ceiling, the fixtures, and any other permanent or non-permanent features of the floor. In some cases, you might prefer to opt for blacks, grays, and whites rather than choices from the color wheel.

How many colors should I use? Some designers might argue that three or four colors are optimal for a color scheme. That way, you can choose a primary and secondary hue as well as one or two accent shades.

How will I create balance using the colors? Using color combinations from the color wheel is the best way to develop a balanced color theme, so do your research on color theory. This can help you determine how you want to diversify your colors, such as through tinted shades, which are lightened by adding white.

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