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How to become a color expert / PART II: Develop a successful colorful palette

How to become a color expert / PART II: Develop a successful colorful palette

How can you stop being afraid of colour, and FINALLY become an expert in colour combinations?



Welcome to the remainder of the session  "How to become a color expert?" . Today, let's look at the details how to define a successful, colorful palette for your home, your office or your store. Although it is difficult to speak of generality, there are nevertheless some principles that will be our pillars in order to get out of black and white and that will give consistency to any style.






 How to become a color expert colorful palette





What we are calling  "base  is all the techniques for applying colours in a spacethat giving it different properties. Because before any action, it is important to identify the advantages and disadvantages of each room,It is important to know what you like and therefore what you will keep, and also what you do not like. 

Imagine, for example, that you have just bought a flat where everything has to be redone. the ideal situation to perceive the defaults and qualities of each space. The picture below is of course exaggerated, but it allows us to reset our minds to zero.


What would you do here ?


How to become a color expert



From this moment, There are 4 main principlesdepending on what you want:



  • TO ENLARGE THE ROOM : A white ceiling, and a rather light colour on the walls to enhance the existing volume.
  • TO EXPAND : If, for example, only one side of the room seems narrow or you lack the depth to create the desired effect, choose a white ceiling and a dark colour for the wall to be "stretched This will increase the perspective of the room.
  • TO LOWER THE CEILING : if you feel that a ceiling that is too high prevents a place from being warm, choose a dark color for this part. This colour will "crush" the room, giving the impression of lowering the ceiling level.
  • GIVING PRIVACY TO A PLACE : if your room is too big, you get lost and your perception of space is disturbed, Choose to paint the walls in a strong, even dark colour. It will bring a concept of intimacy to your home for sure.



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These parts have substantially the same proportions. Yet notice how the colors make them different. The room on the left, with its dark walls and colourful palette, gives the image of a warm room. The room on the right, on the other hand, is all white and looks huge and almost disproportionate to the furniture.





It is impossible to say which colours go well together and which do not. Firstly, because in this day and age, anything goes when it comes to colour combinations. Secondly, becausethey strongly depend on each other Adding a bold red to a certain mood might be a mistake, while combining it with another might be a stroke of genius.

Again, this is due primarily to your tastes. But to inspire you and depending on your level of color tolerance, we can highlight a few mixes of color trends from the FARROW&BALLThese are sure to create a successful and unusual colour palette:


For those who love the color but do not want it in majority :

How to become a color expert palette colorful beginner


Those who like a monochrome version of a colour would look good:

How to become a color expert monochromatic color palette


For adventurers open to all shades :

How to become a color expert advanced colorful palette


And for those who master the colour and are not afraid of anything:

How to become a color expert colorful palette extreme farrow & ball




Why three ?


The rule of threeThat is the secret. For in addition to the colour combination itself, which must be carefully and intelligently chosen, the  "dosage"  and the place of each colour are fully important. It is not a question of putting one colour here and there, and hoping that the mixture will be successful. You must Rank them by their application and importance to you:


1/ The main colour: is the one that will give the general tone and that will be applied as widely, usually on the walls. 

2/ The secondary colour: the one the one that will give "reflection" and response to the first. For example, it will be the colour of voluminous elements such as a sofa, a table, curtains, a large carpet.  

3/ The finishing colour: the one is the one made for the final touch of details. The one that will illuminate the whole and underline the overall atmosphere. It can take the form of cushions, a sculpture, a painting or a plaid.






Based on the ideas of colour palettes defined above, here is a case-by-case study of their application in space, an application which is obviously not fixed and can therefore be different in each case.




Here we find the range where the color is lighter. The main colour (1)The colour that sets the tone is in fact the beige colour located in the lower part of the wall. The atmosphere is soft, enhanced by secondary colour (2). The finishes color (3), a very light gray, here tended to balance the main color to prevent the room to be too dark.The colour, a very light grey, tends here to balance the main colour to prevent the room from being too dark.

 How to become a color expert palette beginner farrow & ball





This palette consists mainly of blue tones, is probably the most reassuring and therefore the easiest to reproduce. In this example, the main color (1) is used widely all over the walls of the room, while the most impressive furniture such as the sofa and the rug were selected in secondary colour (2). Here is a deep blue color of finishes (3), to complete this soothing astmosphere.


How to become a color expert monochrome palette color





In this case, what is interesting is that secondary colour (2) and the finishes color (3) are practically equivalent in terms of proportions and perception in space. They both blend extremely well with the main color (1) of the room, a very dark green.


How to become a color expert palette advanced farrow & ball





Here we have a case of a colorful palette which is very difficult to cross ! Yet see how these colors blend well all together. The main colour (1) encompasses the space to make it a real cocoon, secondary colour (2) gives freshness with this painted fuchsia area, and the blue color of finishes (3), is moderating both.


How to become a color expert palette extreme farrow & ball


>> For inspiration, you can find other examples of colourful atmospheres here, in the Part I of this theme < <


As you can see, there are three elements to a successful colour palette:


  • To make a good estimate of the space and its proportions
  • Choose your colours ESPECIALLY according to what you like (if you force yourself to use red when you hate the colour, you're bound to fail)
  • To pick up 3 colors in order of priority. You are then free to add small touches of other colours, of course.




Sources: Cover picture StudioPepeDulux Forecast, Gubi, Farrow&BallJake Curtis

* Please note and do not forget that a "successful" colorful space depends a lot on personal taste.


Originally posted 2016-10-03 03:00:58.

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Chloé founded Huskdesignblog in 2016. Ever since, she is decoding every nook and cranny to find the best interiors and furniture ideas for her beloved readers and followers, eager for beautiful things.

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