How To Become A Colour Expert, PART II: Develop A Successful Colourful Palette
Guest Blogger | February 3, 2017

How no longer be afraid of colour, and FINALLY become an expert in colorful associations ?

Welcome to the remainder of the session “How to become an expert in colour?Today, let’s see in detail how to define a successful, colourful palette for your home, your office or your store. Although it is difficult to speak of generality, there are nevertheless a few principles that will be our pillars in order to get out of the black and white that will give consistency to any style.

PART II: DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL COLORFUL PALETTE

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REMINDER OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES

What we are calling ‘Basic’ is all of the colours in a space application techniques that giving it different properties. Because before any action, it is important to identify the advantages and disadvantages of each room, to know what you like and therefore what you keep, and also what you don’t like. For example, imagine that you’ve just bought an apartment where everything is again, it’s the ideal situation to perceive the defaults and qualities of each space. The picture below is of course exaggerated, but it allows us to reset our minds to zero.

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From this moment, There are 4 main principles depending on what you want:

 

TO ENLARGE THE ROOM : A white ceiling, and a rather light colour on the walls to enhance the existing volume.

TO EXPAND : If for example one side of the coin only seems tight or that it lacks the depth to create the desired effect, you choose a white ceiling and a dark colour for the wall to ‘stretch’ in order to increase the prospect that there will be room.

TO LOWER THE CEILING : If you feel that a too high ceiling prevents a place to be warm, choose a dark colour for this part. This colour “overwrite” the piece, giving the impression of lowering the level of the ceiling.

GIVE INTIMACY TO A PLACE : If your room is too large, that you get lost and your perception of space in is disrupted, make the choice to paint the walls of a colour rather supported, see dark. It will bring a concept of intimacy to your home for sure.

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These parts have substantially the same proportions. Yet notice how the colours make them different. Left room, with its dark walls and his colourful palette, returns the image of a warm room. The right on the contrary, all white dressed, seems huge and almost disproportionate to the furniture.

CHOOSE YOUR COLOURFUL PALETTE

It is impossible to say what colours go well or do absolutely not go together. Firstly because, in our time, anything goes in colourful associations. Then, because they strongly depend on each other : Add a true red to a certain ambience may be a mistake, while the assocer to another may be a stroke of genius.

Again, this is due primarily to your tastes. But to inspire you and depending on your level of colour tolerance, we can highlight a few mixes of colour trends from the FARROW&BALL, who promote for sure a successful colourful palette and out of the ordinary:

For those who love the colour but do not want it in majority :

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DOVE TAIL
PINK GROUND
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CORNFORTH WHITE

Those that a colour loved by monochrome version would be fine:

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PLUMMETT
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COOK'S BLUE
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PITCH BLUE

For adventurers open to all shades :

STUDIO GREEN
SUDBURY YELLOW
CINDER ROSE

And for those who have mastered the colour and are more afraid of nothing:

BRINJAL
RADICCHIO
STIFFKEY BLUE

Why three?

 

‘The rule of three’, here is the secret. Because in addition to the association of colours in themselves which must be duly and intelligently chosen, the  “dosage”  and the place of each colour fully have their importance. He is not to put here and once one after the other, hoping that the mixture is successful. You must classify them by scale application and importance to your eyes:

 

1 / the main colour : is the one that will give the general tone and that will be applied as widely, usually on the walls.

2 / the secondary colour : the one that will give the reflection and the response to the first. For example, it will be the colour of large items like a sofa, a table, curtains, a large carpet.

3 / the finish colour: the one is the one made for the final touch of details.  That will illuminate the whole and will highlight the overall atmosphere. It comes in the form of cushions, a sculpture, a table of a plaid.

APPLICATION

 

Based on the ideas of colourful palettes defined above, this is on a case-by- case study of their application in space, application that is obviously not static and can therefore be different depending on the case.

CASE 1

Here we find the range where the colour is lighter. The main colour (1) one that sets the tone, is in fact the beige colour located in the lower part of the wall. The atmosphere is sweet, enhanced by the secondary colour (2). The finishes colour (3), a very light grey, here tended to balance the main colour to prevent the room to be too dark., a very light grey here tends to balance the main colour in order to avoid that the room is too dark.

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CASE 2

This palette consists mainly of blue tones, is probably the most reassuring and therefore the easiest to reproduce. In this example, the main colour (1) is used widely all over the walls of the room, while the most impressive furniture such as the sofa and the rug were selected in the secondary colour (2). Here is a deep blue colour of finishes (3), to complete this soothing astmosphere.

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CASE 3

In this case, what is interesting is that the secondary colour (2) and the finishes colour (3) are virtually equivalent in terms of proportions and perception in space. They marry both extremely well with the main colour (1) of the room, a very dark green.

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CASE 4

Here we have a case of a colourful palette which is very difficult to cross! Yet see how these colours blend well all together. The main colour (1) includes space in order to make a real cocoon, the secondary colour (2) gives freshness with this painted fuchsia area, and the blue colour of finishes (3), is moderating both.

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You have understood that a successful colourful palette has three elements:

 

– To make a good estimate of the space and its proportions

– Choose its colours especially based on what they love (if you force yourself to use red while you hate this colour, it’s the failure)

– To pick up 3 colours in order of priority. You can then add small touches of other colours, obviously.

 

T H A N K S

Sources: Cover pictureStudioPepe, Dulux Forecast, Gubi, Farrow & Ball, Jake Curtis

* Please note and do not forget that a “successful” colourful space depends a lot on personal taste.


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