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How to decide on your colour scheme

The first thing to know about colour is that it evokes a lot of different emotions in us. When I'm designing for clients, one of the first questions I ask them is what is the purpose of the room? Is it primarily a place to relax, unwind? Or is it somewhere you'd like to feel really cosy?


This should be your first consideration when deciding on the main colour scheme for your room. Cool colours (greens and blues) are relaxing and calming, but they can also feel very cold. Warm colours (reds and yellows) are more energetic and motivating, but can be too stimulating.


So, to put this into context, if I'm sat down with a client who has a cosy snug and wants it to be a place to completely unwind, I would suggest a soft green to increase the calming properties of the space. If a different client told me that they had a study and they find it hard to self-motivate, I'd suggest a rust red to boost energy.


There's no right or wrong here. Some people might want their living room to feel as cosy as possible, so would choose a warm colour, but some might want it to be a relaxing space, so would choose a cool colour. It's all about what you want from the room.


In terms of mixing colours, a lot of clients ask me for advice about this. Generally speaking, it's a good idea to stick to three different colours. You can choose as many shades or hues of those colours, but introducing any more can make the space feel too busy.


If you need any help when it comes to colour consultancy, or styling in general, please get in touch, and we will be able to help.


Much love, Lucy and Nicky xx