Home renovations come with a lot of decisions to make. Choosing a colour palette is one of those decisions and homeowners often don’t know where to start.
To help you choose the best colour palette for your home, here are our top tips.
When picking a colour palette for your home renovation, start in the biggest, most central areas of your home. Perhaps you’ll begin in the lounge room, kitchen, or dining room.
These are the rooms that are going to have the biggest impact as the most visible and widely used rooms in the house, making them a solid launchpad.
Once you decide which room to work with first, start at the bottom — meaning the floors. Your flooring can help a lot in deciding what colours to choose for the walls, furniture, and decor.
If you have timber flooring, you might want to go with more neutral tones. If you have simple, light-coloured tiles, it could be a wonderful opportunity to go bold with your colour palette.
The point is, you’ll want to choose either complementary or contrasting colours based on the colour of your floors.
From there, building your palette using different shades of the same hue is helpful to keep your entire home feeling cohesive and connected.
To use the colour wheel, have a look at the colours next to your base colour choice as well as directly opposite. The colours alongside it are your analogous colours and across the wheel are your complementary or contrasting colours. Both are incredibly useful.
Just be careful with contrasting colours as your home can come out looking like Christmas or the LA Lakers. As a good example of gorgeous contrasting colours, instead of red and green (Christmas), go for burgundy and olive. And instead of yellow and purple (LA Lakers), try mustard and eggplant.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to choose a variety of colours that go well together. Instead, limit yourself to three colours at a time.
Timeless pairings like black, white, and bronze would look amazing in a bathroom. Pink, lime green, and grey could be the perfect palette for a girl’s bedroom. Sticking to three colours at a time will help you to focus your energy and find a cohesive colour scheme.
You might also use the “60-30-10 Rule.” It’s the same concept of threes except that they’ll be in used in a specific ratio. Your base colour accounts for 60% of the room (the walls), another colour accounts for 30% (upholstery), and the last 10% would be an accent colour (decor).
In small spaces like a nook under the stairs or connector spaces like hallways and foyers, neutral tones are often suggested as they give the eye time to rest in moving from one room to another.
However, if your overall colour palette is already light and neutral, these smaller areas could be an opportunity to experiment and go bold. Simply going a few shades darker than the rest of the home will add interest and a more upscale look to any light and airy home.
Sometimes, we can make choosing a renovation colour palette far more difficult than it needs to be. Don’t be afraid of a monochromatic palette of just one colour in some areas.
For a Byron Bay coastal look, an all-white kitchen could be absolutely stunning. For a more bold aesthetic, a royal blue bathroom could be iconic. Try it out and see what happens.
At the end of the day, your home should reflect your personal style. Peek at your wardrobe for inspiration and you might notice that your favourite clothes reflect a stunning colour palette without you even trying.
Colours can completely change the way we feel in a space and making sure you choose a colour palette that feels uniquely you will always be a winner.