If you’ve read part one of our color theory blog (you can find that here *insert link*), you’ll know that color can become a complicated thing, which is why when you’ve finished your home remodel, we recommend speaking to an interior designer. However, if you don’t want to add extra money to your budget to hire a design professional, you can feel confident walking into any home furnishing store, with your new found knowledge in hand after reading our blog posts, and walk away with a room you can be proud of!
So, what is a color band chart? Simply put, a color band chart allows you to put the colors you intend to use on a single chart to see how well they work, or what colors you intend on using. An example of a color band chart would be:
This simple but effective little tool can help you figure out the colors you want to use, and creating one is very simple as well! All you need to do is find colors close to what you want in your home (a quick Google search for colors is all that’s needed), drop them into photoshop and resize them. If you don’t have access to photoshop, you can also drop and resize in a word document.
Here is how a color band chart works: The biggest color is the dominant color in your room, in our case, blue; the room will be painted a light blue, secondly, we’ll have orange as our supporting color, those will be our couches/chairs. Then we have grey, which will be our coffee table, and sofa tables (or side table, or whatever other adjective you use to describe a small table that sits next to a couch). Then we have our accent, which will be violet; typically, the accent will be flowers, vase, lamps/lighting, or even a light violet drape set. Anything that will accent the room, but don’t go overboard with accents, they should be small and add slight pops of color, not be the focal point of the room. Then we have beige and black, which will be the rug (beige center, with black boarders). And viola! You’ve completed your room!
You can even use hot pink coupled with green to substitute violet, giving you one accent and a smaller support accent.
Whatever you do, create a color band chart, use your newfound knowledge of color theory to pull your room together! What also can help is once you narrow down your choice of colors and you make a color band chart, start searching the web for rooms that use the same color scheme.
The most difficult part is not creating a color chart, or understanding color theory…It’s actually finding the pieces in the specific colors that you want. Which is why an interior designer is a very important aspect to your home remodeling budget.