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Planning a Room’s Color Scheme

By Michelle Ecker on November 28, 2016

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Planning a Room’s Color Scheme

When planning an effective interior design, you have to consider the mood you’re trying to achieve in a given space. Are you looking to give a large living room a more rustic, cozy appeal? Or are you going for a funky, modern mood in a small studio apartment? Once you’ve decided upon this, you can start to think about appropriate colors to incorporate in this design.

A color scheme can be designed around one key color if that’s how you’d like to move forward. For example, to use the aforementioned apartment as a guide, let’s say you decided to use silver as the key color in this modern look. This is more of a cool toned shade, and you should therefore probably select corresponding cool tones to match it in completion of that look with a modern vibe.

Generally, here is a guide you can use when matching additional colors to fit in with your overall palatte:

  • Warm colors - shades of red, orange, yellow
  • Cool colors - shades of blue, green, purple

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