When you decorate, it can be hard to know which colours go with each other and how to mix colours in the first place. It’s a good idea to think about what kinds of colours you want in the room, including soft furnishings as well as the walls.
If you’re not sure how to start mixing colours and patterns, read this simple guide to help you make the most out of your room.
1. Start with a blank canvas
If you can, start with an all-white background and then slowly add colour to it. This way, you can experiment without ending up with a colourful disaster.
2. Shop around before you decorate
It can be easy to just decorate your room and then think about soft furnishings. But this isn’t a good idea. The best thing to do is go shopping with the colours you want to decorate with in mind, but be open to ideas. Bring any fabric swatches and paint samples with you so you can compare colours against furnishings you already have or know you want to buy.
Going shopping before you decorate can help you work out patterns and colours before you go through the catastrophe of mis-matching on your walls.
3. Be careful with patterns
There are some rules when it comes to using patterns when you’re decorating. The top one is that you should edit the colours you use so the patterns don’t look too overwhelming. Pick one common colour that different patterns fall into and everything will go together really well.
Other rules with patterns include adding contrast with patterns – choose a main colour, then pick pieces that contrast well. You can also vary the scale of different patterns – in fact, you should do this, as otherwise you can end up with a very cluttered space if all the patterns are the same size.
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