Welcome back to “5 DIY Interior Design Tips” with Audimute. In our previous posts we covered room dimensions, inspiration boards and design plans. This week we will be discussing our fourth DIY design tip, selecting your color scheme.
Step 4: Choose your Color Scheme
To begin, reference your inspiration board, from our Second DIY Design Tip, for color scheme ideas that appeal to you. Once you have an idea of what color combinations you find aesthetically pleasing you can begin to search for your space’s color scheme. There are several things to consider when choosing your room’s scheme:
1. What will your room’s mood be? For example, choosing dark colors will create a serious feeling in your living space while bright colors will give your room a light and youthful vibe.
2. Will your room have a theme? You may want to consider a specific theme for your room. For example, your room can be a beach resort with light, airy colors or a cozy cabin with dark, warm colors.
3. What furniture you would like to feature in your space? You may have a chair or a large rug with a bold print that you would like to pull the colors from.
4. If there is a piece of artwork that will be showcased on your walls? You can choose a piece of art or create your own custom image with an interesting color pallet and feature those colors in your overall design.
If you are still having trouble selecting your scheme, it may be beneficial to use a color wheel. Using a color wheel may seem intimidating but it is actually quite simple to use! There are three main techniques that will help you select your color scheme with a color wheel.
1. The first technique is known as complementary colors. Using this technique you can pick a color on the color wheel and then draw a straight line across the wheel, this is the color's complement. The second color chosen will offset the main color and the two colors together will complete each other.
2. The second approach is known as using analogous colors. In this technique you select the color you desire and then the analogous color will be located next to your color on the color wheel.
3. The third and final technique is known as triad colors. This is when you choose a color on the color wheel and then draw an equilateral triangle to find your two other colors. This approach organizes the colors in terms of purity but can be a little bit more difficult to work with.
Below you can see an example of each techinque and what they will look like in a finished space. If you are having trouble using a color wheel, try utilizing an online color scheme generator like this one, here, to automatically generate a color scheme for your room.
Once your color scheme is selected, grab your design plan, from our Third DIY Design Tip, and sketch in (using colored pencils) where you would like to see the colors in your room. Remember to note that your walls should be painted a muted color so your wall art can pop! In our next DIY design tip we’ll help you select interesting wall art that features your color scheme and enhances your design.