Planning a colour scheme
INTERIOR DESIGN COMMENT …by Jane Saunders of Just Fabrics
Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start when planning a colour scheme for your room. Here are some simple tips to help with the process…
Create a mood board
When you’re revamping a room creating a mood board is a great way to focus your thoughts. Cut out images from magazines and catalogues of colours, styles and fabrics you like. You should also think about any postcards or photographs you have that could inspire you. Gather together fabric swatches, paint samples and images and put onto a large A3 sheet of card. This will help you visualise your colour scheme ideas.
In any new scheme, I like to choose my fabrics first. I tend to go for colourful prints so I choose the key fabric and then base the room colour scheme around it, picking out colours from the print for the walls, floors and accessories. If you focus on choosing your main fabric first, usually the curtain fabric, you can then pick out complementary fabrics for your cushions and upholstery. To create a relaxed scheme mix and match patterns and prints for curtains and cushions. If you keep to the same colour palette then you can successfully mix florals, stripes and checks. When mixing florals be careful with the scale of the prints – you can mix large and medium scale designs or medium and small but preferably not large and small.
Decide on your base colour
From your curtain fabric choose the base colour for your walls and floors. This will generally be one of the paler colours so that you will keep your scheme light and bright. However, if you want to add a touch of drama to your room then a darker colour may be more appropriate. This base colour will usually account for about 70% of the total colour scheme.
Should it stay or should it go?
If you’re updating an existing scheme, you need to consider which items are staying and which should go. You should also consider if you could upcycle some pieces by painting them or re-upholstering them.
Make a start
hen you have gathered all your ideas together, you are ready to begin. Decide which jobs you can do yourself and which you need to get the professionals in for. It’s always worth considering doing some of the tasks yourself as it gives a great deal of satisfaction and is cost effective too!
Just Fabrics is one of the UK’s leading independent curtain fabric retailers, with stores in Burford and Cheltenham. You can find a range of top designer clearance fabrics at discounted prices together with a selection of regular lines. Just Fabrics also offers upholstered furniture and home and curtain accessories.
Burford fabric shop: 01993 823391 / OX18 4JA; Cheltenham fabric shop: 01242 530423 / GL50 3QW (next to Waitrose); justfabrics.co.uk