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How to use color in your interior design

Space Chair 5 How to use color in your interior design When designing a room, any room in your house, whether it is your living room or dining room, color is a very important decision to make. The color you choose to use can make or break how a room looks and feels to you.

The first rule to use when designing a bedroom for example is what interior designers call the 60 – 30 – 10 rule of color. Sixty percent of the room that you are designing should be the main dominant color. In most rooms people use the walls as the base 60 percent color. Then you use 30 percent as the other dominant color with 10 percent coming in the accent colors. Another way to look at this if you don’t want to do math is to pick one dominant color, one neutral color and one lighter color for the proper contrast. If you are not allowed to paint because you are living in an apartment then typically the walls would be a light beige or white color, leaving you to possibly use the 60 percent in furniture – go for an all black look in furniture for a modern, edgy look or go for a whiteout in the living room, for example except for the electronics and few modern accessories that add a splash of bold color.

The 60-30-10 rule applies throughout the rest of the house however but is only used as a guideline to help those struggling with implementing the proper interior design

Look for unique ways though to incorporate color that might surprise and entertain. Different colors have different effects on mood, so consider carefully how to best use color and what you want your guests to feel when they walk into your home.

Think about how you feel when you see a bright red image versus a simple brown field for example. Red is exciting and stimulating while brown radiates an earthy calmness. Blues and greens are soothing while oranges combine passion and bright energy such as in yellow.

Find a modern mirror and paint its frame a bold color in a completely white room for a modern but edgy focal point. Use a patterned rug to make a statement or add splashes of color in your pillows and accent vases and candle holders. Look for metal accessories for a contemporary look but mix in bold patterns to stimulate.


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