How many colors should you use in a color scheme in a room?
This is a very popular interior color question from our readers. So I thought I would share my ideas with you.
|Using more than five colors|
My usual reply is that there are no hard and fast rules, (here it comes) BUT more than five in one space will tend to make your interior look too busy and not pleasing to your eye.
I am not including a small color highlight in a sofa fabric as a color, or the ten different shades of green on a landscape painting on the wall. I am meaning five large areas of different color.
In this photograph there are about five large amounts of color, because of the style, it works, any more colors and it would definitely be too much.
|More than five colors in the fabric alone!|
In this tropical bedroom, the fabric alone has more than five colors, do I need to say more?
|Using five colors or more with texture and pattern|
This combination of fabric patterns has more than five colors, but they are balanced by using texture, pattern and the subdued tones of the hues.
I have shown you some examples of design using more than five colors, I searched through my extensive library of photos, and most interiors use under five colors. In fact the most popular combination would be the use of two colors and a neutral, like this photo below. Oh, I forgot to mention that the neutrals don’t count as a color, these are Black, Grey and White, and variations of them.
I hope this gets you thinking about color and how to use it. Start looking around you and counting how many colors are used in one space. What looks better more or less? Does it make a difference if there is a definite style or period that the room is decorated in? Most importantly, analyze how the color combinations make you feel. I know it sounds a bit strange, but color does evoke different feelings within us.Remember how this works is it good or bad and start trying it out on your designs.
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