Practical ideas for color matching


Color matching can be easier said than done. It's all very well having a good grasp of color theory. You can see how other room colors have been created, and why the schemes work. But like most theory, when you come to put it into practice, it isn't quite so easy.

Here's something to think about….

Professional interior designers don't match colors, they co-ordinate. Matching is like using a formula - co-ordinating is like an artist at work.

Don't spend hours trying to match colors exactly. It doesn't happen in nature, and if you try too hard you'll end up with an artificial look. Go back to thinking in terms of color groups.

One trick designers use often, especially when doing a room from scratch or re-doing a room to make it up-to-date and fresh, is to start with a rug and pull the color choices from there.

The rug grounds the room and therefore pulling colors from the rug will make the scheme cohesive. The room will have that pulled-together look without appearing “matchy-matchy” or over-decorated which can look fake or sterile.

Here are some very practical steps you can take as you're color matching.

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