22
Jun

COLOUR COORDINATION 101

Colour coordination is simply a design process of synchronising colours in such a way that they match.

Taking colour risks in fashion is a lot more acceptable than in decorating a space. This is simply because with fashion you are acquiring pieces.

You can easily mix and match, and if they dot work, you can safely Stowe them away somewhere until you find a matching piece

With interior design, there is a much greater risk involved.

Say you  walk into a store and find a beautiful red wing chair on a clearance sale. After failed attempts at resisting this gorgeous piece of furniture, you eventually buy it and take it home. After a few days, your realised you have moved it around your space five(5) times, but it’s not working, the colour just doesn’t complement any of the other colours.

You pick up the phone, call the store and the store rep says “ sorry ma’am, items purchased on sale cannot be returned or exchanged”, what do you do?

Now you’re unhappily stuck with a big red chair that you can’t use!

If only you read this Home and You article before walking into that store right?

Colour coordination does not mean that all the colours must be of same tone or  “matchy-matchy”. Rather it means that they must complement each other. Below are some useful tips to picking out colours.

The colour wheel:

Most of us heard the name colour wheel in elementary school but probably never paid any mind to it.

A colour wheel or colour circle is an abstract illustrative organization of colour hues around a circle, which shows the relationships between primary colours, secondary colours and tertiary colours.

How it works?

 

  1. Colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel are considered to be complementary colours(example: red and green).

Complementary colours are fantastic if you’re looking for a pop of colour for your space. Example. If you have a green themed space, red will make a good pop of colour.

  1. Analogous coloursare colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs.

These colours tend to easily match each other,  so when in doubt,  this will be a much safer way to go.

There are several other ways to use a colour wheel, but we will hate to confuse you.

To learn more about colour coordination, visit our showroom or speak to one of our experts today.