Your guide to finding the perfect colour palette!

What’s the best colours for your home?

When it comes to interior design tricks, colour is the most important factor to consider. You must understand that colour has the power to manipulate our sense of space. So, by making the correct use of colours, you can modify the proportions, look and feel of any space.

First, let’s examine the effect of light colours in small interior spaces. Pastel shades and light or pale colours have the ability to make objects appear larger. As such, light and bright colours can be used to good effect to visually broaden a room. So, to make the best use of colours in small spaces – always choose light colours. Use light shades on your walls and ceilings and choose light coloured flooring to complement them.

However, you’re not just limited to using light and bright colours to create spacious and airy interiors. In fact, dark colours contrasting with light colours can also emphasize spaciousness in a room. For instance, using a single dark element against light walls and floors can make a room appear larger. Do note that you should use dark colours sparingly – limiting yourself to a few surfaces or items for best results.

Now, let’s take a look at how warm and cool colours can be used in small and disproportionate spaces. Warm colours, such as yellow, red and orange seem to appear closer than cooler colours. Similarly, cool colours such as pearl, grey-blue and pal green give the impression of being more distant than warm colours. Thus, by correctly using warm and cool colours, you can easily manipulate a disproportionate or small room.

Also, there are certain colours which visually broaden a space, while there are others that can constrict a space. Neutral colours such as white, beige, light yellow, light blue, and light blue-green can visually broaden any space. On the other hand, colours such as black, dark brown, blue-violet, yellow-red, orange-red and blue-green constrict and restrain a space.

I’ll offer you some examples of how to use colour properly. If you have a long and narrow hallway, paint the end walls in a warm or deep colour and use light and cool colours on the long walls. In case you have a short hallway or corridor, use light and cool colours on end walls and paint horizontal stripes on the side walls to elongate the space. If your floor surface is disproportionately large, choose flooring that is darker than the room’s walls.

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