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Combining Colours in Your Home - You guide to help decide the best way to work with colour

Combining Colours in Your Home - You guide to help decide the best way to work with colour

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 8th Jan 2014

Combining Colours in Your Home

While choosing your main colour for a room is important, you will need additional colours in your palette to keep it from getting too mundane. So what sort of colour combinations should you try in order to add that zest you’ve been looking for? What colours work together to create a modern room, without being overpowering or garish? While the answers vary, we have a few suggestions on colour combinations that will add a chic flair that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows!

The 60-30-10 Rule

Before deciding what colours to choose, it is important to familiarise yourself with this ratio: 60-30-10. This rule of thumb helps to balance out your colour palette and create a harmony in your room. Your main colour should take up approximate 60% of the room’s space to lay the groundwork for your atmosphere. The recessive colour, which should complement and blend with your main colour, should stay at around 30% so that it does not overrun your base. Then there is the final accent colour, which will provide that ‘zing’ to your room. It should only take up about 10% in order to keep it stark and bold against the other colours within your scheme.

Now how you combine your colours depends on what mood you are looking for in that room. The following is a quick list that can help you start to brainstorm the direction you would like to go!

Complementary Combination

This combination includes picking one main colour, for example a deep violet, and then choosing the colour opposite on the colour wheel, in this case a mild to light yellow as the accent colour. This combination creates a very bold statement that strengthens the power of the colours in the room. Ideal for creating a modern look that isn’t afraid to attract attention, it is imperative to not go overboard with the complimenting colours. Using the opposing colour as an accent will yield the best results and prevent the colours from competing with one another.

Related Combination

This particular combination uses neighbouring colours on the colour wheel. This combination does not have the same dynamic effect as the complementary combination, but instead allows the colours to blend together to create a consistent mood in the room. So following a purple with a blue compounds the relaxing effect of these cool colours. This approach allows for the different colours to be used in a greater volume.

Monochromatic Combination

This technique employs the same colour at varying degrees of saturation and tones. This helps to keep the integrity of the colour throughout the room, but also changes it up so that the varying degrees of colour is pleasant to the eye.

Want to have a look at some natural paints that have multiple ranges of colour?
How about Auro 321, a standard all purspose wall and ceiling natural emulsion paint with lots of pre mixed colours