Choosing the Right Colour Palette for Your Renovation Project

Decoding Design: Choosing the Right Colour Palette for Your Renovation Project 

Before you begin the often daunting prospect of a renovation project, you have to decide on something which will significantly impact your end result. A colour palette. Whether you’re revamping a room or renovating an entire house, the colours you choose will set the tone and ambience of the space. At Hatch Renovations, we know the choice is both visual and emotional.  

Colour and Design: A Personal Journey 

Colours have a profound effect on our emotions and perceptions. They can evoke feelings of calmness, warmth, energy, or sophistication. Colour psychology is a widely accepted concept. The chosen colour palette will set the tone and ambience of your space, influencing how people feel and interact with it.  

Your home is a reflection of your personality and taste. The colours you choose for your renovation project should reflect your style preferences, creating a space that feels uniquely yours. So, how do you go about selecting the perfect colour scheme? Let’s take a closer look at some of the creative colour considerations.  

Understanding Your Space 

Before diving into colour swatches, take a step back and analyse the space you’re renovating. Remember to consider how the colour palette will affect other rooms in your home if they are visible from the renovated space.  

  • Flow and Cohesion: If you’re renovating multiple rooms or an entire home, aim for a cohesive colour palette that creates a sense of flow from one space to another. This doesn’t mean every room needs to be identical, but there should be a sense of harmony and connection between them. A well-chosen colour palette can tie together different rooms and create a sense of continuity. 
  • Light and Size: If you’re working with a small room, lighter colours can help create an illusion of space, while darker hues can add cosiness to larger areas. Similarly, rooms flooded with natural light may benefit from cooler tones to balance the brightness, while rooms with minimal light may require warmer tones to add vibrancy. 
  • Existing Fixtures, Finishes and Furnishings: Consider the colours of existing fixtures, furnishings and architectural finishes, such as paintings, furniture, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and trim. Your colour palette should complement these elements rather than clash with them. Look beyond colour to consider the textures and materials used in your project. Natural materials like wood, stone, and metal have inherent colours and textures that can influence your palette choices and add depth to your design.  
  • Factor in Mood and Functionality: Think about what feeling you want each space to have. Colour can also influence the functionality of a space. For example, saturated, energising colours may be well-suited for a home office or workout area, promoting productivity and motivation. In contrast, soft, soothing pastels and neutrals can create a serene atmosphere in bedrooms or relaxation areas for rest and rejuvenation.  
  • Style and Preference: Your colour palette should match the overall theme you aim to achieve in your space. Are you drawn to a sleek, modern look or prefer a wilder, bohemian feel? Do you prefer bold and vibrant hues, or are you more inclined towards subtle and muted tones? While it’s often exciting to embrace new trends, make sure to choose colours you love. You’re the one who’ll be living in the space for years to come.  

Understanding Your Colours 

A colour wheel and swatches can be a great way to choose a palette for your renovation project. Here are a few practical tips on how to use them: 

  • Gather Inspiration: Look for inspiration from various sources such as nature, artwork, fashion, interior design, or existing colour palettes. Websites and design blogs can also help you find images of colour schemes that suit your vision. 
  • Understand the Colour Wheel: Familiarise yourself with the colour wheel, which typically consists of primary colours (red, blue, yellow), secondary colours (orange, green, purple), and tertiary colours (yellow-green, blue-green, etc.). The wheel illustrates how colours relate to each other. 
  • Start with a Base Colour: Start by selecting one dominant colour that will serve as the main hue for the space. This could be a colour you love or one that fits the desired mood/theme. 
  • Explore Colour Harmonies: Use the colour wheel to explore harmonies that complement your dominant colour. Common harmonies include: 
  • Analogous: Colours adjacent to each other on the colour wheel (e.g., blue, blue-green, green). 
  • Complementary: Colours opposite each other on the colour wheel (e.g., blue and orange, red and green). 
  • Triadic: Three colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel (e.g., red, yellow, blue). 
  • Split-Complementary: A base colour and two colours adjacent to its complementary colour (e.g., blue with yellow-orange and red-orange). 
  • Consider the 60-30-10 Rule: This rule suggests using 60% of the dominant colour, 30% of a secondary colour, and 10% of an accent colour. This creates a balanced and visually appealing palette. 
  • Limit the Palette: Avoid using too many colours in your palette, as this can lead to visual clutter and confusion. Aim for around 3-5 colours, including variations in shades and tones, to keep the palette cohesive and manageable. 
  • Consider Saturation and Value: Pay attention to the saturation (intensity) and value (lightness or darkness) of the colours in your palette. Aim for a balanced mix of light and dark shades and vibrant and muted tones. 
  • Take the Time to Test: Once you’ve narrowed down your colour palette, gather swatches or paint samples of your chosen colours. Paint samples directly onto the walls or create mock-ups using digital tools. Note how the colours change throughout the day as lighting conditions shift. Don’t rush this step – live with the samples for a few days to ensure you’re happy with your decision before committing to a full-scale renovation. 

Colour Consultations with Hatch Renovations 

Renovation projects offer an opportunity for personal expression and creativity. The colours you choose can reflect your individuality, interests, and lifestyle, making your home a true reflection of who you are.

At Hatch Renovations, we are dedicated to helping you decide on your dream colour palette. Our experienced and professional colour and design consultants are here to guide you. So, contact us today!