When you’re decorating, it can be difficult to work out which colours compliment each other and how to combine colours in the first place. If you’re going to start decorating, you need to think about what colours you want in your room, including furnishings along with the walls.
If you’re unsure how to begin blending colours and patterns, read this simple guide to help you make the most out of your space.
1. Begin with a blank canvas
If you can, begin with an all-white background and then gradually add colour to it. This will allow you to experiment without ending up with a colourful mess.
2. Shop around before you decorate
It’s easy to go ahead and decorate, then think about soft furnishings afterwards. But this is usually a bad idea. The ideal thing to do is go shopping with an idea of the colours you want to use, but be open to alternatives. Take any material swatches and paint samples with you so you can compare colours against furnishings you currently have or know you wish to buy.
Going shopping before you decorate can help you work out patterns and colours before you make the mistake of mis-matching your walls.
3. Be careful with patterns
There are a few rules when it comes to using patterns when you’re decorating. The main one is that you should restrict the colours you use so the patterns don’t become too overwhelming. Select one common colour that various patterns fall into and everything will complement each other really well.
Other pattern rules include adding contrast with patterns – pick a main colour, then select pieces that contrast well. You can also vary the size of different patterns – in fact, you should do this, otherwise your space can end up looking very cluttered.
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