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The Math Behind Choosing The Right Colours For Your Home

There’s no two ways about it: colour makes life worth living. After all, the human eye was made to see things in beautiful, bright, bold, vivacious, stimulating colour.

The Rules of ColourDon’t worry, rule-lovers: we’re not suggesting complete colour anarchy. You don’t even have to colour outside the lines. Adding colour can be formulaic if you want (because let’s face it, we aren’t all interior design experts who know how to throw an insanely beautiful look together blindfolded). Here’s a rule for you: decorate from dark to light as you go vertically. Dark floors, medium walls, pale ceiling. Isn’t that what Mother Nature does?

Here’s another rule for you numbers people: 60-30-10. 60 per cent of the house is the main or dominant colour (say, blue walls). 30 per cent is the secondary colour, which provides contrast and interest (say, purple upholstery) and then you’ve got the 10 per cent accent piece, which would be your magenta cushions, throws, vases, and so on.

It’s an easy rule to remember because think of your meals. The way we like ‘em around here is 60 per cent potatoes, 30 per cent meat, and then 10 per cent candy or chocolate.

How to choose a colour scheme and build from there

Look at the biggest pattern you’ve got in your living room, and choose three colours from it for our 60-30-10 rule, and select accessories accordingly. Now we’re cooking with gas. Anyone can do that. And it just works.

How to Choose Colours for The BedroomOpt for analogous colours – those that are beside each other on the colour wheel, like blue and violet, to give the bedroom a casual, restful feel

  • Balance the room. Avoid having pale colours all clustered around each other (like white duvet, white side tables and white lamps) and then a big black armoire at the other end of the room; a mix of light and dark colours throughout will create the flow and harmony you crave.
  • You can still have your white duvet if you must, but contrast whites with grey to avoid a stark, hospital-bed type look, then add pops of your favourite colour in the form of custom pillows and accessories.

The takeaway: Live bold, live bright, live life in Colour……..LIVE

Terry Edward Briceland is the Creative Dictator of teb Interiors. Terry is best known from his many appearances on HGTV and W Network television programs. teb Interiors offers complete interior design services and they specialize in custom sewing and upholstery. The firm is known for its edgy designs and for creating truly one-of-a-kind show pieces that are guaranteed to get the conversation going tebinteriors.com @tebinteriors ``we make awesome crap for your home”