Using the colour matrix, for a designer look

THE problem with interior design is that you know when something looks nice, and when it doesn’t, but you don’t always know why there is a difference. And making mistakes can, obviously, be costly.

Interior designers work in different ways. Sometimes, if you buy the furniture through them, the design element is included, so you can receive all the advice and guidance you need, for free!

Ensure you get the chance to state your preferences in terms of style, colours etc., or ask your interior designer to sit with you and go through some magazine pictures, or photos of their previous work, so that he or she can get a feel for what you like.

When using colour, for example, designers tend to use the 60/30/10 rule.

The 60% is the main colour in your room, which shouldn’t be too strong.  This will generally include your walls and large pieces of furniture, such as rugs and the sofa. It is the colour that anchors the space, and serves as a backdrop. Generally, neutrals such as beiges and greys work well. Your choice of this colour may be driven by other factors, such as the shade of your flooring.

The 30% is the secondary colour you will choose, but, because it also takes up a lot of the room, it should be used with caution. After all, it’s half  the amount of the main colour.

This could be curtains, bed linens or throws, or an accent wall, if that is your choice. This secondary colour must support and complement the first one, but should be different enough to set it apart, and give the room some interest. So, if your main colour is beige, your secondary could be a darker brown, or, if your main is grey, your secondary could be aqua green or lilac.

The 10% is the accent colour, and this is where your “wow factor” comes in. It’s the most fun colour,  but it is also where the most care must be taken. In a lounge, this could be your cushions, decorative accessories and artwork. In the bedroom, it might be pillows or scatter cushion, lamps and candles.

The accent colour must only be used for 10% of the room, so only use these small items or it will become overpowering, or too “twee”. An example is when you have a white, modern lounge with white furniture, and you use red as an accent.

You could use a picture that has a red element, and then also pick this up  in a bowl on the coffee table, and a candle on the wall unit. The trick is not to overdo it. If you keep adding and adding and exceed the 10%, the effect is lost, and the accent colour becomes overpowering.

Sticking to this formula will generally give you a good result. You could get inspiration for the whole colour scheme from one item such as artwork or a cushion, and then develop the theme from there.

You could have a grey, main colour for walls and curtains, and some grey cushions with an aqua sea green pattern on them, and an aqua rug. Then your accent colour could be a really vibrant forest green that would feature in the wall art, and a big bowl on the coffee table. Your scheme will look balanced and very designed.

If you have ideas, but don’t know how to apply them, it’s definitely worth consulting an interior designer to guide you in the right direction. All the items and services mentioned are available from Deco Nuevo, who give free estimates, without obligation.  922 789729.




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