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5 Rules to Follow When Decorating with Color

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A little color can do wonders to brighten and liven up a dull, drab room. However, working with color can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. Where do you start? What are the dos and the don’ts? If you’re looking to add a splash of color to your interior decor, here are 5 rules you must follow to pull it all together. 
 
Rule #1: Use 60-30-10 rule
Every beautifully designed room is invariably divided into percentages of 60-30-10. So, when decorating a particular room, divide the colors into these percentages:
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color
 
The 60 percent dominant color unifies the color theme. The 30 percent secondary color provides visual interest and the 10 percent accent color provides that little bit of sparkle.
 
Rule #2: Use a Color Wheel for inspiration
Trying to decide on the right color scheme for a room or an entire home can be difficult. You can simplify the process by using a color wheel and narrowing down your choices. A complementary color scheme chooses colors that are across from each other on the color wheel, such as red and green, blue and yellow or purple and orange. Rooms decorated with a complementary color scheme tend to provide a clear separation of colors and often, are more formal and visually challenging. 
 
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An analogous Color Scheme chooses colors next to each other on the color wheel such as yellow and green, blue and violet or red and orange. Rooms using an analogous color scheme are typically more casual, restful and muted in terms of coloration. 
 
Rule #3: Take a cue from Mother Nature
Still don’t understand which colors to pair together or what color value/shade/tone to use together and how to create soothing and harmonizing color combinations? Try designing your interior space by replicating the color values of the outside world. After all, interior designs are basically our attempt to imitate Mother Nature who just so happens to be a great colorist!
 
Rule #4: Consider Seasonal Colors
The 10% accent color you use can be changed from time to time. It’s a good way to keep color-monotony at bay too. Seasonal color variations are a painless way to spruce up colors in your decor. Fall colors such as mustard yellows, russets and browns will create a calm and subdued space, perfect for resting. Spring colors, on the other hand, are more uplifting; pinks, lilac, and saffron yellow impart a naive, fresh look to a room. Soothing pastels for summers and bright jewel tones for winters, these colors are easily incorporated with the use of cushions, rugs, and other decor accessories. 

 
Rule #5: Don’t Underestimate Contrast
A high-contrast space appears clearer and more highly defined than a space that incorporates low contrast. An effective scheme needs opposing tones: traditional blue with white, dove gray with pink or white, and mustard accents with gray or off-white, are all tried-and-tested combinations. Whites and off-whites are a good foil for many colors and essential for defining spaces and 'resting' the eye while a dash of yellow or red will lift a blue background. Combining white and black with gray is very low key and also creates a restful space.

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