CREATE THE PERFECT COLOUR SCHEME
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.