July 19, 2011
July 19, 2011
The following is a guest post by Carmen Dragomir, an interior design guru at esQape design inc. Carmen maintains an off-shoot of our site, called Carmen’s Corner, that is full of helpful and inspiring design tips for any kind of home. This post was originally published earlier today on Carmen’s Corner.
While going through all the questions sent by you (thank you!) and all I can say is that one particular question comes up all the time. “How do I choose the right colors and the right amount of color in a small condo?”
I have to admit, selecting colors and mixing them all together may not be as simple as you think, however they are not as complicated as math formulas- remember math? :)
The trick is to start layering the space. You know…it’s almost the same as putting together an outfit- Ladies- think of how you put together a work suit, shirt, purse, shoes and perhaps a chic scarf? Gentlemen- think of choosing your trousers, shirt, jacket, tie and shoes.
Let’s divide the space into 3 major areas:
2. Medium size areas/elements: furniture
3. Small size areas/elements: accessories, vases, candle holders, artwork, flowers, throw pillows, books etc).
While designers have almost infinite possibilities for mixing colors, sometimes you can just see a way of layering all the elements in a space that could be translated in a plain language for everyone to understand.
First step though is to find your color! Your home should reflect who you are, so pick a color palette that’s close to your heart and run with it. Not sure how to find your color?
Once you found the perfect color tones, decide if you can live with them for a longer period of time or if you would like to be able to change them easily. I can’t tell you how many times condo owners decide to change their colors and try to add few new color accents just to realize the space looks ummmm somewhat confused :)
The color is not the only factor but the right tones, intensity, brightness, saturation etc.
This foolproof formula takes into consideration that you will only work with one color and few neutral tones (gray tones for coolers looks, beige tones for warmer looks). You could become quite versatile in the process, feel free to step out of the formula and experiment :)
Let’s decide first if you’re an A, a B or a C.
- you like color on the large surfaces- painted or wallpapered walls & floors (area rugs)
- easier to change if you get easily tired of a strong color or pattern
- you love colourful sofas and other upholstered pieces of furniture
- may be more expensive to change but you know you will love them for a long time.
- you prefer neutral tones and patterns throughout and just accents of colors in accessories
- the easiest and least expensive way to redecorate every season
If you’re an A, here are the steps of using color in a small condo space:
If you are a B– here are the steps of using color in a small condo space:
1. Select your favourite color as the upholstery of the large pieces of furniture and feel free to play with few patterns, for eg a solid fabric color for the couch and a blue fabric with a pattern for the chairs or ottomans.
2. Choose your neutral colors for the walls- could be cool or warm. You could even venture into the world of patterns and choose neutral wallpaper for the wall behind the sofa.
If you are a C– here are the steps of using color in a small condo space:
Once you master the process of choosing colors, I can almost assure you that choosing patterns and textures will be the next best game for you to play.