TLSC How-to: how to choose the perfect colour scheme for your interior project
A well thought through colour scheme is quintessential for the success of every interior project. Therefore, at TLSC we take great care of the colour plan within our interior projects. These TLSC tips should give you some personal leverage in order to discover your favourite colours and colour combinations.
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Choose a colour scheme: using colors, there are different aspects that you must definitely keep in mind. What to choose: light, medium and dark? Zen or vivid ? Elegant or modernist ? Begin with an overall idea. What atmosphere your interior should reflect ? Walls and floors can be done with light colours so that the accessories in it will still be emphasized. Floor colours are generally darker than the walls so it won’t look like the room is floating. Window and door colours shouldn't dominate the overall colour scheme of your interior . In fact it is better that they evaporate in the space unless you want some specific contrast like white walls and black windows. Not sure what you want ? Just choose white as the base colour for your walls and ceiling. From there everything is possible. Now, start adding colour to your interior through furniture elements and accessories.
Create a mood board: months upfront of creating your definite colour scheme, make a (digital) mood board, for example @Pinterest as I personally do. On that board, stick everything you encounter in magazines, while surfing online or when taking pictures while your on your way shopping or travelling, ... After some time, you will start seeing recurring colour patterns on your mood board. Excellent, you're on your way of giving live to your ideal interior colour combinations. This process makes it a lot easier for yourself but also for us as interior designers, since you've already mapped out what you like in terms of colours and colour patterns.
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Choose your mood (carefully): your interior can't be everything to everybody. Therefore, ask yourself and your family members what general atmosphere you'd prefer. Start from there. Muted and toned down colors will evoke a calm mood. These are colours like beige, white, cream, light brown and others. Vibrant and bold colours will result in an interior that is lively and full of energy. Typical colours are red, orange, blue and other vibrant colors. If you don't want to go to extremes with one choice or another, choose accent walls that you give specific colour tones. Then tune down with the rest of your interior so it balances out nicely.
Be consistent with your colours: we always advice to work with RAL colours. Those are colours that are universally agreed upon. Don't choose colours such a 'Manhattan beige' or 'Midnight black' in your local paint store. Chances are high that if you want to redo your interior after some years those colours don't exist anymore in the offering or even worse: that your local store has gone out of business. RAL colours can be reproduced almost identical everywhere by every paint store that carries the RAL colour system. For us over at TLSC, as interior designers that RAL colour system makes creating a colour plan a breeze. So, we are happy and you are happy too. What else do you need ?