By Bernardine Regine. Interior. Published at Friday, January 19th, 2018 - 23:04:26 PM.
When doing interior design it is necessary to think of the house as a totality; a series of spaces linked together by halls and stairways. It is therefore appropriate that a common style and theme runs throughout. This is not to say that all interior design elements should be the same but they should work together and complement each other to strengthen the whole composition. A way to create this theme or storyline is with the well considered use of color. Color schemes in general are a great way to unify a collection of spaces. For example, you might pick three or four colors and use them in varying shades thoughout the house.
Color should always support the theme. Many times, the colors that are most appropriate are found in the patterns and design of your inspiration piece. Generally, it's best to choose three colors in a room: a dominant color, used for walls, carpeting and fabric backgrounds; a secondary color, found throughout the room in fabrics and accessories; and an accent color, used sparingly to give energy and excitement to the room.
It can certainly be overwhelming, figuring out what you like and what works in home decor. Which is why we’ve created this guide to helping you identify your own home decor style (or the mix of styles that resonates most with you). Once you identify your decor style, it’s much easier to go about studying what makes that style click in certain spaces. And, as an added bonus, each style below includes a link to an in-depth Homedit article about how to create that specific style in your space. You’re already on your way!
Analyze your inspiration piece and develop a theme name for it. For instance, a needlepoint pillow with a botanical design on a black background may inspire a title like "formal botanical garden." Be descriptive with your theme name and all sorts of supporting ideas will come to mind. Botanical prints, striped walls, greens and floral colors, formal fabrics and furniture, dark woods and black accents all fit this particular theme.
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