DESIGNER TRICKS IN PICKING THE PERFECT COLOR PALETTE

Updated: Jan 20

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1. Pick a Colour, Any Colour.

But will that make an aesthetically appealing palette? Think again.

It can! All you need is a little command on the chroma! Take a look at our palette-perfecting tips that simplify the color rules for you, which has been guarded as secrets by the famous designers from around the world.

2. Choose a Colour Scheme from the Commonest Pattern.

Look around. Do you have a craftsmanship-rich upholstery, a colorful rug or a large piece of artwork? Pick the colors of your choice from their patterns. If you have a neutral color by the wall, pick out the whites and beiges. You’ll have your palette figured out within minutes!

“Majorly used colours define your palette”

3. Decorate From Dark to Light. Go Vertical.

Stuck between dark and light shades? Listen to what the veteran designer Mark McCauley has to say—”Any interior space replicates the outside world. The exterior environment is generally darker below our feet (the earth itself), medium-valued as you look straight ahead (buildings/trees) and lighter skyward.” In short, our floors are darker, walls moderate and ceilings stay the lightest. He calls it the “cookbook way” and most designers agree with him.

“Higher the range, lighter the colour”

4. Start with the Formal Areas of the House.

We all have that starting trouble! Designers advise us to start with the entryway and living room, slowly moving towards the dining and the rest of the house. Choose a colour scheme for these areas first, and then draw your flow from it. Pull one colour from the existing scheme and go ahead. For example, take the colour from your red sofa and tone it down (to burgundy, for instance) for an accent to be continued in more private spaces such as the den, office room or bedroom.

“Take the colour order along your movement to the inside of your house”

5. Use the Colour Wheel.

When in doubt, trust the theories. Colour wheel sparks both creativity and math at the same time. Designers say that informal spaces look the best in analogous colour schemes while formal ones look the best in complementary schemes. Dig into the details below:

Analogous colour scheme:

Position in colour wheel: Adjacent to each other

Example: Blue & Green

Psychology: Comfort & peace

Best suitable for: Bedrooms & other private areas

Complementary colour scheme:

Position in colour wheel: Opposite to each other

Example: Yellow & Purple

Psychology: Energy & Attention

Best suitable for: Living rooms, Dining areas & other common areas

“Spin the wheel. Try Analogous, Complementary, Triad, Tetradic… there’s a whole world of schemes to explore”

6. Take a Cue From Your Clothes.

Believe us, we aren’t joking! Because, we know that people buy clothes in colours they like and look good at. Similarly, you should dress your rooms in the colours that flatter you. If denim is your go-to colour, consider a navy sofa with some tangible textures. If you look (and feel!) the perkiest in bright yellows, try mixing a few citrus accents with pillows or accessories. Remember to not go overboard with a heavy mix of colors—keep it within a maximum of 3-4 dominant shades.

“Colours that lure you can lure your spaces too”

7. Back with the Black!

Black is timeless—it’s both modern and vintage at the same time. Designer Mark McCauley suggests adding a bit of black in every room. “The black clarifies the rest of the room’s colours,” he says. For an itsy-bitsy depth of black, try a matte-black lampshade or a lustrous black vase. It you’re about to make a statement, try painting your kitchen’s base cabinets in this dramatic hue.

“Black elements make your home score high on immaculate”

8. Go With the Grays!

Let’s get it straight, you can’t find a home without the tinge of gray! This trending colour of the 21st century can work with interiors of all styles. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the colour to adapt as both a warm and cool undertone, depending on the base. The best part is that it pairs beautifully with both pastel shades like Mint green or Peaches and quirky colours like Hot pink, Kelly green or Citrusy shades.


“When you can’t think of anything else, go gray”


9. Use the Rule of 60-30-10

Have you heard of the thumb rule for colours? It works magic with color balance and gets the aesthetic appeal skyrocketing! Here’s a quick look at the colours you’ll need for this:

The Dominant Colour

Percentage: 60%

Preferable for: Walls

The Secondary Colour

Percentage: 30%

Preferable for: Upholstery

The Accent Colour

Percentage: 10%

Preferable for: Décor / Accessories “Create your own colour formula”

10. Flaunt Small Spaces with a Colour Pop

Let us tell you a secret—if you have a small room in your house, it’s not a compulsion to make it look bigger with whites. Instead, you can give it an oomph factor, with a look-at-me colour. Corals and Purples might be the colours you’re looking for. Go grab your palette!


“Let your big rooms expand with light, while your small rooms stay cozy to envelope you.”

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