To use color as an effective weapon in design and decoration, it is essential to take into account some basic principles: how to make the most of its possibilities, its psychological effects and how to combine them. Below we will give you a 2021 interior design color trends.
What color to paint the walls? There are many ways to use color in decoration and it totally depends on the personal preferences of each one. There are no strict rules when choosing how to paint walls, but here are some examples of the most popular ways of using color in interior decoration.
Combine neutral colors
Without a doubt, the predominant hue of a room will determine its character. We must take into account the activity to be carried out in each space. For example, if we want to create a playroom for children, we will need stimulating and cheerful colors, but for a bedroom we will look for relaxing tones.
If you do not want to risk too much you can choose to combine neutral colors such as different shades of white, gray or beige. Both gray and white admit infinite nuances. Ideal if you want to create a serene, calm and elegant environment, which does not imply that it is boring.
The most traditional style is to use one color for the walls and use another color, generally white, for the ceiling and openings (windows and doors). It is a formula that never fails, neat, but that gives a somewhat rigid appearance in some cases.
To soften the contrast, a shade of white can be chosen that resembles the color of the walls, which will make the visual change more gradual and we are not so aware of where things start and end, the limits of the room tend to disappear and this makes the room feel bigger. Generally, neutral or complementary shades are suggested in the paint color lists for each of the paint colors chosen.
How to avoid boredom? Varying the intensities of the tones and texture in space. A touch of color here and there will give you life and focal points of interest.
All these houses are characterized by having used color in a very intelligent way: they only use color in accessories, curtains, rugs or bedding, never on walls or furniture, which will greatly simplify the task when it comes time to innovate the decoration of the environments.
Monochromatic color scheme
It is when a single color and several of its shades are used in slightly lighter or darker tones. The palettes that are in fashion are mainly blue, teal and orange.
To give a little relief to the eye it is ideal to combine it with a neutral color. The ideal is white, but it can be black or even its complement, which used in small quantities, whether for accessories, door and window frames or furniture, will serve to balance the monochrome scheme.
You can think that using a single color to paint a room can be boring but in fact it can give very sophisticated environments, especially if you make good use of lighting, illuminating various points with different intensities.
Blue and orange
Opting for intense colors can be a somewhat risky option when looking for what to combine it with. If you paint a wall with a strong color you must balance it with another strong color.
In this case, the safest option is to use its complementary color, that is, its exact opposite in the color wheel. As for example red with green, yellow with violet, blue with orange and its intermediate shades.
However, it is important that highly saturated colors are well managed so as not to create a jarring appearance. To prevent this from happening, I think it is better to work with lower saturation colors, for example, the image below has blue on the wall and complements it with the orange color of the accessories. The interior designer of this room has created a well-balanced complementary color scheme that is not overwhelming.
Lilacs and yellow
In general, the vibrant and bright colors are energizing and cheerful, ideal for bright and youthful rooms. But be careful because if we do not find the right combination it can be overwhelming and disturbing.
Striking interior colors
The quickest and simplest way to brighten up any setting is to add pops of color. Inject vitality and energy into spaces through vibrant and bold colors.
But be careful, an intense tone must be well used, it is not necessary to abuse, sometimes with painting a wall is enough, or using it on the sofa, which has served as a starting point to create the entire color scheme.
The combination of qualities between the serenity of blue and the invigorating green that make up turquoise inspires soothing thoughts, evokes tropical water havens providing an effective escape from the world’s everyday problems, while at the same time restoring our sense of well-being. . In many cultures it is considered a talisman that grants protection to ward off evil spirits and is capable of healing.
Whether because it evokes a calm ocean or a precious stone, turquoise is a color that most people respond positively to. It is attractive to both men and women, and is easily incorporated into fashion and interior design. With both warm or cold nuances, turquoise goes very well with any other color in the spectrum.
Turquoise adds a touch of excitement to neutral colors and browns, is the complementary color of reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look when combined with deep blues, animates all greens and especially yellow-green.
Blue and yellow
Colors for daytime environments
Mineral gray or cinnamon
The choice of color depends a lot on the type of environment to be painted and what is the intended purpose.
For example, in a dining kitchen where the family has breakfast, the ideal are warm and functional colors, made up of a fresh, clean and welcoming color palette. Honey tones, such as cinnamon or light gold, are recommended. Also yellow, coral or mineral gray.
Colors for night environments
The recommended colors are pastel shades, especially blue or pale pink, and in the ceiling dark blue, eggplant or red wine. Especially suitable for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Reds and burgundies
Inspiration for the night palette can be applied to the ceiling. Why sleep under a dull white canopy? Why not paint the ceiling in the same color as the walls but in a darker shade?
Before and after examples
Every year there is an investigation in the paint industry and the color trends for the next season are published. Color trends indicate that the personalization of the space where one lives continues to act as a motor when choosing colors. Whether accentuating color on a wall or in small areas, to give a high impact dose and use more subtle colors on large surfaces, to achieve unique and original environments.
The best sources of inspiration to achieve a composition of colors in decoration are: art and nature. Carefully observe a landscape or painting that you like and that seems chromatically balanced and imitate it in your design. Analyze the amount of color, how the different shades are distributed and related to each other and then try to reproduce the same proportions by combining the color of the wall, with the carpet, furniture and accessories.
On the other hand we should not take the rules of color schemes and the ways to combine them categorically, what ultimately counts is the personal taste of each one.
This is another example of a before and after where color makes the difference. The entrance looked quite monotonous, so it was decided to paint a wall in two colors, dark gray, which looks great next to white.
Without investing in major transformations, because it is a rented apartment, simply with a few details and good taste, where color plays a fundamental role, you can substantially change an environment, without the need to remodel it.