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3 Easy Steps to Creating Your Own Colour Scheme

Published by Caitlin on 21st Jan 2016

Completely redecorating a room, or simply giving it an upgrade, can be both fun and rewarding. However, am I the only one who thinks it can be a little overwhelming? Colour schemes can make or break a room, and figuring out how to create a colour-balanced room without a professional may seem impossible! Where is the happy medium between a bland, beige room and a room that shouts every colour of the rainbow? Luckily, Ornatus has created an easy step-by-step guide to help you out! (Shop the rugs you see in the post at the bottom of the page!)


No 1: Find your “Base” colour.

This will be your chosen main colour for your room. You could paint walls in this colour, or choose large furniture pieces in this colour. Most importantly, you should use the full spectrum of your chosen colour. For example, if you choose a royal blue, you will use light, medium and very dark tones to create a full range of this colour within your interior. As you can see, the room above uses a full spectrum of turquoise tones. Our  Blue Roses Rug available online perfectly suites this palette, while a  neutral grey rug would also compliment this interior well. 

No 2: Find your “Secondary” colour.

Rooms with a well-balanced colour palette typically have both warm and cool colours within the colour scheme. In order to achieve this, find the secondary colour for your palette by using the colour wheel below. After finding your base colour, your secondary colour can be found by looking across the colour wheel. Remember, because this is your secondary colour, you will often use less of this colour in comparison to your main, base colour. For example, the image above uses blues and oranges/reds to create a balanced interior. (Décor tip: A  traditional red rug is an easy way to add punch of vibrancy to a cool coloured room.)

No 3: If you want, choose an “Accent” colour.

What is an accent colour? It is a colour chosen completely independent from your first two colours. For instance, it can be coral, turquoise, gold… absolutely anything! As you will see from the examples, not all colour schemes include accents colours. However, as seen in the image above, an accent colour can add a vibrant pop to an interior, while allowing the eye to move more smoothly throughout the space. We especially love how this decorator used a  black and white rug to give this interior an extra pop. We also think our  Matrix Ripley Yellow Rug or one of our vibrant Indian rugs would compliment this room!

Alternatively, the bedroom below uses a pink base, a green secondary colour and an accent of soft greys. Like the quilted rug in the image, our  Patchwork Rug can even create this colour palette for you!

See more images and our Rug Shopping Guide below!




For more décor inspiration see our recent post,  Our Top 5 Home Trends for 2016

The Rug Shopping Guide:

1. Camden Black/Ivory/Grey

2. Blue Roses

3. Asiatic Windsor

4. Denim Mix Nordic Plain Cariboo

5. Matrix Ripley Yellow

6. Charcoal Grey and White Artisan Wool

7. reform Patchwork Kelim

8. Asiatic Diva Yellow

9. Asiatic Boca Copenhagen Aqua

10. Lavender York Wool

11. Natural Jute Loop

Photo Credits:

Colour Wheel

Blog Lovin’

Anna Bode

The Gaurdian

Better Homes and Gardens

House to Home

Buzzfeed