How to Choose a Color Palette

Posted on September 16, 2019

Deciding on a color palette is perhaps one of the trickiest aspects of an apartment renovation. Not everyone has a natural eye for design, which makes the decision even more difficult. While some people might opt to leave the decision to an interior decorator, it’s still best if you consider your own personal preferences since it’s your unit and you’ll be living in it. If you’re having difficulty deciding on a color palette for your apartment, the following tips might make the decision making process a whole lot easier:

Consider Purpose When Choosing Colors

The best way to go about choosing a color palette for a particular room or area in your apartment is to consider its purpose. If you’re decorating your office, you might want to go for colors that are conducive to concentration. If you’re on your computer a lot, green is a good option for walls because it is easy on the eyes. You should also consider your furniture when deciding on the color of your walls, window treatments, and decorative accents. If you’re decorating a kid’s room, you can ask your child to help choose a color palette to make the room more personal. As much as possible, it’s best if everyone in the household is involved in the design aspect of the apartment renovation especially where personal spaces are concerned.

Observe Your Surroundings

An apartment with a great view is a gem in a city like New York so if you have a view, work with it and choose colors that would enhance the view. Opt for a clean, neutral color if you want your view to be the focal point of visual interest in a room or area of your apartment.

Follow the 60-30-10 Rule

When in doubt, follow the 60-30-10 rule in choosing a color scheme for your apartment. Under this rule, 60% is the dominant color and is usually applied to the walls, 30% is the secondary color and is applied to the upholstery, furniture, window treatments, and other relatively large pieces in a room, and 10% is the accent color and is used for pillows and other smaller decorative pieces. It’s best if the dominant color is neutral but you can also have fun with brighter colors if you want. However, if you use a bright color for your dominant color make sure to keep the secondary color a bit more neutral to balance out the room and create harmony.

Following these simple rules during your apartment renovation should make it easier for you to come up with a color palette that would work for your home and is based on your personal preferences rather than someone else’s.

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