How to choose colors for your soft furnishings

January 19, 2017

The internet is a bountiful cornucopia of design ideas – from Pinterest to forums to social media groups, there is more than you can shake a stick at. While it’s amazing to have this humongous creative think-tank at your disposal 24×7, things can, at the same time throw you in a serious snafu (especially if you are considering buying soft furnishings for your home). And that too, how to go about picking colors that will co-exist harmoniously with your interiors.

A cardinal element of design, color breathes life into space and ties all unique and dissimilar things in it together. But incorporating it in your living environs can seem intimating and perplexing. This is why before you set sails for your decorating project it is important that you know the basic rule - that there are no rigid rules set in stone that you need to stick to! All you need is your instinct, a little science, and confidence to bring it off effortlessly!

In this blog post, we discuss how you can bring in harmony, character, and life to your interiors using colors you love. Consider these not as commandments but guideposts that will help you discover your unique style and express it uninhibitedly in your interiors like a pro.

Guideline #1: Cherry-pick colors that will lend themselves as vivid complements to your existing scheme

Say your interior is awash with shades of whites then a bold and energetic pop like red can be used as an accent color to add weight to your interiors. A spicy red curtain against a washed-out backdrop will salvage the room from dreariness of little to almost no color. The same can be achieved in your bedroom with your bed linen (think cushions, shams, bolsters); but if a bright red is not exactly up your alley then opt for its reticent, subtler versions like salmon, vintage rose, raspberry soufflé, etc.


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Guideline #2: Location, location, location!

Your choice of color for your curtain should be predicated on the location of your window. Say for example, if your living room receives abundant sunlight, then going for brighter shades may not bode well for the color as the light will weaken its intensity. However, if this case is with your bedroom, then you may want to go in for deep colors like aubergines, browns, etc. to block out sunlight.

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Guideline #3: Go by thy heart

You can be inspired by a painting or wallpaper that is doused in rich colors and may have a penchant to use them in interiors, then we say go for it. Soft furnishings are the best way to get experimental when it comes to playing around with colors. Like in the image below where vibrant blue and burnt orange leap from the portrait painting to the ottoman and cushion to bring the cozy visual narrative to completion.

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Guideline #4: Achieve visual balance

Another important aspect of design in a space is balance. Prudent use of colors will make your room sing, while tactless putting together of colors will result in visual cacophony. Which is why the right visual balance is necessary. But what is visual balance really? It’s all about putting right amounts of colors so that they don’t look underwhelming or overwhelming but just right. See how blue and orange (which also beautifully complement each other) are balanced in this boho chic living room in cushion covers, tapestry, rug, and upholstery to create an energy-charged atmosphere.

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Guideline #5: Go practical – choose colors for rooms as per the unique need for its inhabitants

The rudimentary consideration for any room should be pivoted on the people living in it and its prime purpose. Kids’ room should have invigorating colors (we request y’all to break-free from trite colors like pink and blue) like chartreuse, coral, vibrant mauve, lily gold, etc. and classic themes like nautical stripes, geometric shapes, florals, etc. so that the room doesn’t lose its appeal even as your kids grow.

The same can be achieved in guest room. Instead of treating your guest room as a stockpile of old furniture and knickknacks with bland colors, envelop it with calmness and hospitality with pastel colors that will instantly dissipate your guests' exhaustion and make them feel at home like shown in the image below.

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Always remember that the interaction between colors should look playful not forced; upbeat not chaotic; thoughtful eclecticism not slipshod adventurism.

We hope these tips prove helpful while you set out on your decorating journey. We’d love to hear your views too. Share your feedback in the comment section below.




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