House Beautiful (UK) - - Planning -

 If you’re not colour­con­fi­dent, a fail-safe method is to opt for calm­ing neu­tral shades, then just pop in one or two ac­cents for ac­ces­sories such as cush­ions.

 When work­ing with sev­eral shades, bal­ance them us­ing one colour for 70% of the room, such as walls and floor, a sec­ond shade for 20%, for ex­am­ple for the sofa and cur­tains, leav­ing 10% for con­trast­ing ac­ces­sories.

 If the win­dow faces north, the light will be cool, so pick­ing warm shades will take off the chill. In rooms that get plenty of sun, you can af­ford a scheme of cool blues.

 Reds and or­anges ap­pear to ad­vance into the room, clos­ing in the space, while cool blues and greens will re­cede. Paler tones will help make a small room ap­pear larger than it is.

 Bear in mind that paint can seem to in­ten­sify and darken when ap­plied to a large area, so a good rule of thumb is to pick a paint one or two shades paler than the one you like on the shade card.

 Make a mood­board by fix­ing sam­ples of fab­ric, wall­pa­per, car­pet and paint chips to a sheet of white card, siz­ing them ac­cord­ing to how much space they’ll oc­cupy in the room.

 Don’t rely on colours viewed on­line, which can vary ac­cord­ing to your screen. Check ac­tual sam­ples in the rel­e­vant room, in day­light and in ar­ti­fi­cial light.

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