No clue about colour? This guide was written by an actual professional so that by the end you will KNOW how to use a color wheel with confidence! We all suit different colours and have different style personalities that are reflected in what we wear, and in our homes. These would be your belongings and treasured items.
Here is an easy guide to know why colour is important and how to get it right for you and your family.
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Why we suit the colours we do?
In the 20th century, the Swiss artist Johannes Itten observed that each of us has a preference for colours that further research showed reflect our skin pigment. Everyone’s basic skin pigment which falls into one of four groupings which are defined by the unique combination of depth, hue and tone. Since then we have developed colour analysis into a system.
- Spring shine in cool, muted colours
- Summer shimmer includes warm, bright colours
- Autumns are fabulous in warm muted colours
- Winters are radiant in bright, cool colours
These same colours will feel right in our home and belongings because they reflect us.
How important is colour?
Colour is up to 90% responsible for our first impressions of one another and the same probably goes for your home and treasured items. Not only that but colour has been proven to affect our mood and energy levels. Primary red is the only colour that suits every skin tone.
So which colours work together?
Understanding how colours work in harmony and in contrast, and to complement our environment is the key to success. We all have 36 principal colours that suit us as well as all the tones that sit comfortably between those colours and these will all work well together. This is why striking-coloured sofa cushions, a coloured rug and paintings for example, are so good to add as powerful colourful additions to a room.
What should I consider with colour?
Consider the hue, saturation and intensity of colour in your home. As the saturation increases, the colours appear to be purer. How pure a colour is, ie the lack of white, black or grey added to it, the tones, shades and tints should all be considered when creating colour schemes. Start with two colours and then work your way up from there to a maximum of five colours in any given colour scheme.
If you’re completely stuck for ideas, Canva has an excellent colour wheel tool available.
What are wow colours?
‘Wow colours’ are those that always look amazing when worn close to our face. These colours will also feel fantastic in your home because colour is a great agent for our personalities and style.
Try to use your wow colours for example in beautiful dining-room flowers, gorgeous patterned cushion-covers, artwork or your accessories. You can even get some ‘wow’ furniture in a neutral shade to offset any bold colours.
What about Monochrome?
Monochrome is usually taken to mean black and white but can also refer to the use of one colour. Our eyes prefer colours to black and white because coloured versions of images appeal to our senses more and consequently we have an enhanced memory of it. Single colour schemes are easy to create but can be a little boring so purposely adding in strong colour accents can help keep things interesting.
How do we know which neutrals to use?
Autumn colour palettes suit rich, warm earthy colours such as dark brown, tan, oyster, dark olive and marine navy, whilst Springs should choose warm, clear colour choices like chocolate, dove grey, bright navy, tan and cream. Winters love deep, cool colours such as greys, charcoal, black, mole and stone as well as silvers and white. Summers should choose cool, subtle neutrals such as pink beige, mushroom, dark blue grey, soft navy and burgundy.
How can you create a happy home if you perhaps suit warm muted colours and your partner suits bright cool colours?
It’s tricky! The truth is one of you is likely to be more interested than the other in colours in the home so the decisions will often come down to that individual. However, it can be hard to meet in the middle. To be on the safe side, aim for more muted, less saturated colours because everyone needs to feel comfortable in their home and remember soft light neutrals won’t ever offend anyone too much.
How do we know our style?
You may like classic, dramatic, bohemian, quirky or perhaps a more natural look. The right styles in your home will mean you and your family will feel calm, authentic and able to relax.
Patterns -We also all suit different types of patterns. Maybe you choose large, bold, geometric patterns, or perhaps you love a gorgeous floral or a traditional herringbone. Different size and density of patterns are also key.
Structure – do you prefer asymmetric, curvy or precise cuts. Consider the importance of layering or movement and polished versus relaxed styles.
Fabrics and texture – do you prefer and suit a soft fabric such as silk, velvet or mohair or something less willowy like cotton or hemp? Again, who you are, and your style personality will affect your choices in your surroundings.
Details are the cornerstone to any stylish home. Think buttons, embellishments, fringing, shine, or calligraphy. Any of which can fit with your style. Try organic touches, be seasonal, use unexpected add-ons, think practical and beautiful, re-purpose and be eco-proud if you can.
Know what matters to you! Ultimately whether you prefer more traditional or contemporary styles, knowing who you really are and what you want your message to be, can really help you celebrate and enjoy your home. Be unique and make it authentically about you and your family.
This post with written by Helen Venables, Managing Director of House of Colour.