Design Tips & Tricks

5 colour schemes for summer

I’ve heard it said many times by people in the design world, that one of the quickest ways to refresh your space is with paint.  But I prefer to think of it more in terms of colour in general.  Let’s face it, new colour schemes don’t have to be something you roll onto your walls.  Regardless of where it’s going though, picking colours can be very overwhelming…there’s only a thousand variations to choose from.  I mean, have you been to a paint store lately?  The wall of choices is endless!

So if you feel like things are looking a little tired around your house and you need a bit of a refresh, how exactly can you go about picking that new colour scheme, or better yet, tweak what you have already with a bit of something new?  Let’s face it, repainting is a big commitment, despite what the “experts” say.  Most of us don’t have time to do it over and over until we get it right.  We need to get it right the first time because time is precious!

When it comes right down to it, there really aren’t that many colours on the colour wheel.  It’s the endless shades and tints and tones that give us the many different hues that muddy our choices.  With the Pantone 2017 spring colours in mind from my last post, here are five colour schemes that can be put into action to coordinate updated colour combinations.  One important thing to note is that the colours are not intended to be used equally from each scheme.  Generally there is a dominant colour and one or two support or accent colours.  Think of it roughly as a 70-20-10 split.  This will help you keep things in proportion.


Using various shades, tints and tones of one colour.



Combining a shade, tint or tone of one colour and the colour that is directly opposite on the colour wheel.  In this example I added Hazelnut as a neutral to blend the two colours together.




Using and shades, tints or tones of colours that lie adjacent or directly next to each other on the colour wheel.


Split Complementary

Choosing one colour and using the colours on either side of its direct complement on the colour wheel.



A colour scheme that selects three colours that are equally spaced around the colour wheel from each other.



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