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A Complete Guide To Colour Tones For Your Home

Choosing the right colour tone is one of the most crucial choices you’ll need to make as you design your home’s interiors. From paint colours on the walls to those you opt for upholstery materials and finishes, colour tones can have a significant effect on the look and feel of your home. This guide will help you learn the basics of colour tones, and how it plays a major role in your home interiors. Along with it we give you tips to choose the right colour scheme for your dream home. 

Colours tones  for home interiors can be categorised into the following three broad buckets:

Warm Colour Tones

Warm colour tones such as oranges, reds and yellows evoke a sense of happiness, joy and energy. These colours can liven up the mood of spaces and hence are ideal for those areas of your home that buzz with activities. This will include your living, family, dining, game rooms, and home gymnasium.  Warm colour tones work best with lights that lend a yellowish glow. So if you are choosing a warm colour scheme for your home interiors then opt for a chandelier, spotlight, cove light, Edison bulbs or tungsten bulbs with the light temperature ranging from 2700K-3000K. 

Warm undertone colours in the living room can liven up the mood of spaces.

PRO TIP: Warm colours can be overpowering so do ensure you balance it with the use of white or complementary shades.

Cool Colour Tones

Cool colour tones exude calm and tranquil vibes. Waking up in a room designed with a cool colour scheme can be quite refreshing! Colours that comprise of cool tones are blues, greens and violets. Cool colour tones work best for rooms or spaces where you relax, rejuvenate or sleep in. This means they are perfect for bedrooms, bathrooms, and balconies. You can complement cool tones with lights that are in the temperature range of 3500-4100K. You can also contrast cool tones with warm lights. Unlike warm colour tones, an excessive use of cool tones can make spaces look dull and gloomy. Hence we recommend balancing cool tones with whites or a bright shade that works well as a contrast. So for instance, blue with white or blue with yellow, work equally well. And if you like the idea of painting a room with only cool colour tones, you can bring in a pop-shock with decor and accents pieces in contrasting shades like magentas and greys.

Neutral Colour Tones

Neutral colours tones are shades of greys, beiges and browns. When used solo, they are dull and boring. They work best when paired with warm or cool colour tones as this pairing creates a balanced look and one that is not overpowering. These colour tones can be used in any space but must be paired with warm or cool tones depending on the type of room it is being used in. Neutral tones can have both warm or cool lighting fixtures depending on design/ colour of the shades.

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How To Choose The Right Colour Scheme For Your Home?

Now that you know the three popular colour tones, here are a few more tips to help you choose the right colour scheme for your home:

Check Your Window Direction

If the windows in your room face towards the north, you are less likely to receive a lot of natural light. Therefore you must choose warm, bright colours that will allow light to bounce around the space is the right way to proceed. On the other hand, if your windows face south you will receive a lot of direct sunlight that will result in a lot of glare and reflection. In such a situation using dark colours such as dark browns or greys, or cool dark colours like navy blues and olive greens is the smart thing to do as they help absorb light.

Grey cool tones of colour in the living room lot of direct sunlight that will result in a lot of glare and reflection.

Size Of The Room

If you have a lot of space or your rooms are large then you must use warm dark colours to create a cosy feel. However, if your home is tight on space or your rooms are relatively smaller then you must use light, bright colours will make them look bigger and spacious.

Consider The Furniture And Decor

The type of decor and furniture you choose will heavily influence the overall colour scheme of your interiors. The idea is to ensure that your decor and furniture match with your floors, walls and ceilings harmoniously.

And there, colour tones to match your mood and aesthetic sensibilities as you plan your home interior project. Colours play a vital role in our lives, more than we imagine, so it’s important to make sure that you pick the right scheme.

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