Choosing The Right Colour Scheme For Your Home

Your Colour Scheme can inspire you, calm you or excite you. So where should you begin to create the perfect look and feel for your home?

As you may have realised, choosing the suitable colour scheme for your custom home is not as simple as repeating the same colour everywhere! The art of curating a colour scheme is much more subtle and multi-layered but will play a huge role in the whole look and feel. Colours can inspire you, calm you or excite you. It’s all about creating the right mood for the room.

Colours 101

A basic design rule is known as the 60-30-10 rule. In other words, your primary colour makes up around 60% of the colour in the room, while two complementary accent hues make up 30% and 10%. You can also use darker or lighter versions of your colour to give it more variety rather than the same hue being repeated. The 10% can be that pop of colour for that final touch to add your pizzazz to the room.

Bed and Wardrobe
Pink Wall & Chair
Open plan Living Room

Start From The Bottom – Then Work Upwards

What colour is your floor? This will affect everything else in the room and how it works together. (It is also probably the most complex colour to change in the future!) From here, you can add a contrasting, colourful rug or a feature wall. If you’ve decided to have a feature wall, it’s a good idea to use the same colour throughout the whole house rather than having multiple colours. This will keep your home unified, forming a sense of continuity and avoiding clashes.

Lounge Room
Modern Fireplace
Green Lounge room

Collect Examples of Things You Like

Whether it’s a friend’s living room or the colour of the chairs at a local cafe, take note of things that stand out to you in different places. You can take a quick photo with your phone! Pinterest or interior design magazines are also great sources of inspiration to help you visualise how a certain colour would look in context.

Want some more advice? As experts in architecturally designed homes, Buildrite Sydney has had experience in combining colours and textures for various homes. Let us know what you have in mind, and we can help get you started!


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