Last week I threw out a challenge – design a room based on this colour palette by Design Seeds.
Here’s what the Mydecorati submitted, what I found on the interweb, and what I learned -
1. Whatever palette you can dream up, someone will already have done it. Hunny and Sudasal pulled out designs they did ages ago.
2. Add the colours as accessories to a neutral room. The hard part here is choosing the right neutral. For this palette, the soft white just brings everything together for me.
I think this designer would agree…
3. Use the palette as a jumping off point – you don’t have to slavishly use every colour. ChloeDaniella used just the blue-violet and red-violet to design a very popular teenage girl’s bedroom.
A very different mood comes from using other colours from the palette -
Or you could add new colours – there’s something about those red curtains that takes this palette in a completely different direction.
4. Lighten or darken, or use a more or less saturated version of your colours. As always, it helps to be able to name the colours (green, blue-green, blue-violet, blue-violet, red-violet) then consider the variations, using a cheat sheet like my Pinterest board. Personally, I gravitate to lighter and less saturated colours (the pink suitcase and wall are lighter versions of the red-violet) -
But then someone turns up the saturation to 11 on the dial – and it works so well.
5. Blocks, panels and (dare I say it) feature walls are a great way to introduce strong colours.
6. Use the Mydeco colour tools to find what you want – either use the colour search (conveniently arranged in colour wheel order)…
… Or search by words for the colours (eg “fuschia cushion”).
Here you have to break my rule of naming the colours according to the colour wheel and use the “designer” colours instead – eg “aqua” instead of “light saturated blue-green”, “berry” or “fuschia” instead of “saturated red-violet” etc. The day we see cushions labelled “light saturated blue-green” instead of “aqua” will be a happy day for me indeed!
7. This is my number one tip (I learnt this myself while writing this post) – keep the palette open in a window beside the 3d planner. You don’t have to try to “match” the colours perfectly – just throw things on that please the eye and harmonize with the palette. It’s amazing how items will pop out that work perfectly in the scheme.
8. Use art to introduce colours from the palette – the pale blue-green and blue-violet are in the art, the red-violet in the bed-cover. And here’s an interesting “neutral” on the walls – a very pale blue-violet.
9. The colours don’t just have to to be in the fabric or paint. Stuff – like leaves, wood, metal, glass and stone – could respresent one or more of the colours in a palette. The green glass jars here illustrate this principle perfectly.
10. Choose a fabric or wallpaper with all/most of the colours. I was scanning cushions when this one just popped out as being in perfect harmony with the palette even though the colours don’t even exactly match.
My favourite? This one. Everything is neutral except the sofa (exactly the same colour as my sofa!), cushion and leaves. But what a punch it packs.