Colour Consultation Service
With so many wonderful pallets and suppliers to choose from, selecting the right colours for your interior design scheme can sometimes feel quite overwhelming.
Get it right from the onset and you’re well on your way, to creating a successful and harmonious interior scheme.
Here’s my top 5 tips to getting it right first time:
1. Start with one colour chart from one supplier
I love working with heritage colours and Farrow & Ball’s colour range are my absolute favourite. I love the matt, chalky finish of their paint, their inspiration book range from Ros Byam Shaw, and their excellent website, a useful resource for matching and harmonising colours from their range. If you can’t find the colours your searching for from just one chart, then, start to look at other paint suppliers.
2. Choose an accent colour you love and work back from there
I love Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and knew it would look form a striking backdrop to the gold sunburst mirror hanging on my chimney breast. I used this as the starting point for the room’s scheme and chose complimening neutrals: Elephant’s Breath for the walls and Skimming Stone (a shade lighter) for the ceiling. Further ‘pops’ of colour can be incorporated through soft furnishings and accessories.
3. Use colours that flow.
Think of paint as the backdrop to your creation. Like an impressionist painting, layer natural, complimentary tones that flow from one room to the next. I often only use 2 or 3 foundation colours through an entire house. Getting the foundations right lets your experiment with bolder, brighter finishing touches to achieve a wow factor without overpowering the room.
4. Paint the woodwork the same colour as the walls or darker.
It’s British tradition to paint your ceilings and woodwork in bright white, but unless you are opting for an all white scheme or have very tall, ornate ceilings and skirting boards that you wish to draw attention to, highlighting features such as a radiator, can make a room feel small and fussy. For a contemporary more harmonious approach, consider painting the woodwork the same colour as the walls or darker. Use hard-waring eggshell paint with a slight sheen. Choose one shade lighter than the walls for the ceilings.
5. Invest in sample pots and create colour reference boards.
It amazes me how many people choose the colour for their room straight from the chart without trying it on a sample board first. The light in your room has a huge impact on the colour. North facing rooms have colder, bluer light and in South facing rooms the light is warmer and yellower. Use colour to balance the light: redder greys for North facing rooms appear warmer and blue greys in South facing rooms make it look fresh. Make sure you take the time to paint sample boards and observe them on different walls, against furniture and accessories and at different times of day before you make your final decision.
If this all still sounds too much, help is at hand! Our colour consultation service starts at just £90 per room. This includes painted sample boards for you to keep and a written specification for your decorator.
Contact us anytime for a free consultation. We’d really love to hear from you.