Design Notes From the Barcelona Chair: Manage Color like a Pro

Managing color is one of the basic tasks of an Interior Designer, or for an enthusiast of Interior Design. But how will you learn to handle it like a Pro? There are some hints to follow. Let’s see.

If you are about to renew your spaces, think about developing a palette of colors for you. Your palette of color. Keep in mind that that this palette is for you, it must be please your senses.

Second, take a look outside. Virtually, there are a zillion websites where you can get an idea of what is best for your space. Take a look not only at interior design sites, but color specialized places, like Sherwin Williams or Pantone (just to name a few), and see what’s going on out there. It can be pretty interesting.

Then it’s time to ask some questions to yourself, to enlighten your search. What colors do you prefer? What is Your Style? Are you more fond of neutral colors for your walls, or more solid, living  hues? What is the style of furniture that you prefer? Some furniture styles lean in more simple clear palettes, while others use color in a very vivid way.

Third, nothing’s like to see what’s going in the real world, your real world. Take a look at your friend’s houses, buildings, and specialized stores in your community. Your town has a particular color supply by several providers, and they can be pretty different when it comes to quality, availability of hues, technology, and prices. With time you will need to learn with detail which one works better for you. And your town may have a particular taste for several styles of color. See what you can and take what you find interesting.

Finally, you have to learn the rules and best practices of managing color in Interior Design.

The 60/30/10 Rule

Use complementary colors for the 90 % of your space. For example, you can take a 60% of a neutral  color (let’s say clear grey), and complement it with a 30% white, clear green or any alike hue. Use your 10 % less to make a fine contrast, with a emerald, orange hue.

The rule of 60-30-10 guides us through an adequate proportion of color in a room. As we all know, we must look for a good match that pleases our senses, using complementary or analog approaches. But we have to think first about the temperature pattern we consider for our space, depending on elements like the function of the room, the weather that surrounds our structure, and our personal choices and preferences. 

The color Wheel

The color wheel is a rounded chart that shows us the possible relationships between colors. It has a long history and the first records of this artifact are attributed to Sir Isaac Newton, the legendary man of sciences. 

In a color wheel, the hues are arranged inside a circle, in form of inverted triangles, and connected to each other through lines and shapes. A typical physical color wheel has three primary colors, the secondary and the tertiary colors. Nevertheless, depending on its purpose, you can find simpler color wheels or more complex color wheel with more hues.

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