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How to Choose the Right Color Scheme For Your Home

Be Modern Furniture Calgary How to Choose the Right Color Scheme For Your Home

Are you looking to add a little fun and personality to your home? Whether it’s a change in wall colour or adding some home accessories, here are simple and easy ways to add colour to your home. 

Choosing colours for your home, whether it’s the wall paint, or furniture for your dining room or bedroom, can seem overwhelming. But it is the quickest, most dramatic way to create instant change in any room.

A good colour scheme will:

  • instantly revitalize an interior.
  • camouflage any cosmetic problems.
  • minimize any architectural defects.
  • reflect your unique personality and taste.

At BeModern, we have a wide range of affordable and quality bedroom, living and dining room furniture, as well as home accessories, to help infuse your home with colour, brightness and personality.

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How to Choose a Color Scheme For Your Home

A well-thought-out colour scheme can completely change the atmosphere of your home, establish harmony within your decor, create illusion and accent the interior of your home with personality.

Here are five simple tips to discover which colour scheme is right for your house:

1. Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space

If you’ve got any patterned upholstery, an Oriental rug or a large piece of artwork, select colours that you like from the pattern. For a more neutral wall paint colour, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges.

2. Start With the Formal Areas of the House

When selecting a colour scheme, start with the more formal areas of the house and look to the furniture and decor in your dining room, living room and entryway. Once you have selected the scheme for these rooms, pull one colour for the rest.

For example: Take the red sofa in your living room and tone it down (eg. to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.

3. Decorate Your Space From Dark to Light

One of the easiest ways to make a space look good without much risk is to decorate your space from dark to light, vertically. This means using:

  • Darker colours for the floors
  • Medium colour values for the walls
  • Lighter colours for the ceiling
4. Use the 60-30-10 Rule

When decorating your space, divide the colours into components of 60% of a dominant colour, 30% of a secondary colour and 10% of an accent colour. When doing so, this guide may help:

  • Majority colour (60%): This will most likely be the walls
  • Secondary colour (30%): The upholstery of your room’s furniture
  • Accent colour (10%): Use throw pillows or other home accessories to make up the rest of the colour scheme

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4 Kinds of Possible Colour Schemes

Using a colour wheel is the best way to help you create a colour scheme for your home that best fits your personality. Here are the four possible types of colour schemes you can select from:

1. Monochromatic

This colour scheme uses tone variations of the same colour, with the addition of white and black to lighten or darken the colour. For example, in such a scheme, a blue can be a pale sky blue or a navy, depending on which room you are decorating.

2. Analogous

This colour scheme uses colours that appear next to each other on the colour wheel. For example, yellow can be used with green or orange, while blue will be used with green or purple. This often creates a bright, yet soothing, palette.

3. Contrast

The contrast scheme is often used when you are looking for something more dramatic. Here, a triad of contrasting colours, such as yellow-orange, green-blue and red-purple. This introduces more colour and energy into your home.

4. Complementary

The complementary scheme uses two opposing colours (eg. blue and orange) to create a dramatic, bold and high energy colour scheme.


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Whether you are looking to add colour using new fabrics and home accessories, or want to completely change up your living room, bedroom or dining room furniture, BEMODERN carries a wide range of affordable and quality products to add fun and character to your home.

To find out more, call our home furniture store at 403-252-1110 or fill in our online contact form.

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