There are three basic colour schemes when it comes to working with colour in a space. A useful guide is to keep the 60-30-10 rule in mind. Successful colour schemes use dominant colours in 60% of the room, secondary colours in 30% of the room and an accent colour in 10% of the room. When it comes to small spaces, the more colours you have in the space the more cluttered it will look, so it is always a good rule of thumb to keep the colours to 3 or 4 selections. Colour scheme development can seem daunting and intimidating at first but once you understand colour psychology 101, it tends to make more sense on how colours work together to create the look and feel you desire.
1. Complementary Colour Schemes
Colours: Orange and Blue are used. Blue is used as the dominant colour and orange as the secondary colour. This creates an energizing and dramatic effect.
Overall Effect: The main background colour is a deep dark blue which brings in associations with wisdom and truth and makes this space appear clean and crisp. This dark blue is contrasted with a bright deep blood orange, bringing in warmth, excitement, and stimulation. The blood-orange accents stimulate goal-setting, decision-making and positive attitudes in ones subconsciousness.
Perfect for: This space makes a perfect place to gather in small groups as the floor to ceiling bookshelves along with the accented blood-orange colours of the cushions and stool stimulate thinking.
2. Adjacent Colour Schemes
Colours: Dark Deep Ocean Blue and Blue-Green Sage – the dominant colour is blue-green sage and the secondary colour is dark deep ocean blue. The Dark Deep Ocean Blue has a very high colour value whereas the blue-green sage has a lower colour value. The blue-green sage is used as a background colour in this photo.
Overall Effect: It gives a overall calming effect with a small pinch of growth and nature. There is a strong sense of balance, calmness and support in this space and there is some element of renewal and healing, peace and reflection. The deep ocean blue accents add wisdom, loyalty, tranquility, and spirituality to this space.
Perfect for: These colours are the perfect selection for a private and relaxing oasis to retreat to for some bedtime reading after a long-day out.
3. Monochromatic Colour Schemes
Colours: The dominant colour here is Brown. The colour value varies however the primary feeling in this space is a light low colour value. The floors are a high dark colour value whereas the sectional is a light low colour value.
Overall Effect: The overall effect of this colour scheme seems to be warm, positive, airy, upbeat and and hopeful.
Perfect for: The space seems to have alot of energy in it and is very bright and inviting for conversations and stimulating ideas.