Angel and Blume


Scheming for success

Whether you adhere to the rules of colour scheming or dare to break them, interior designers and colour experts reveal there is an art to selecting the perfect palette.


Colour schemes for interior design"There is no doubt that colour is a tricky business. When I work with my clients, the two things that are top of the agenda for me are to find the interior style of a home owner and what colour palettes they prefer - if you can work these two things out, the rest normally comes together fairly easily.


The first thing to remember is that colour is not just about the paint you choose for the wall but a combination of colours that make up a scheme, which also includes fabrics, flooring, furniture, artwork and accessories. Working through what a client already loves in their home, what they wear and how they react to certain images, fabrics or paint ranges all help me to understand what their colour preferences are. I t can be just as helpful to also understand what they don’t like; sometimes a process of elimination can work very well.


The style of a scheme will indicate how much pattern and how many colour will need to be used so a traditional or country scheme will often have more patterns whereas a more minimal or contemporary scheme may have more textures but less pattern and a tighter colour palette.


Building up a colour scheme is often about getting similar tones to work together. In this bedroom we have kept to warmer colours for the fabrics and for the paint on the walls, ceiling and woodwork. We have also used a similar intensity for each of the colour so because no one item is an accent colour, the overall effect is calming and relaxed. Although the colours are not a classic match, they work comfortably with each other, which allowed us to mix patterns and accessories to achieve an evolved and natural look which reflects the homeowner’s own style, rather than looking too much like the work of an interior designer.”


Interiew with Cate Burren