You might think that choosing new colors for your interior upholstery would be a simple matter of selecting the colors that you like and being done with it. But it turns out that it’s actually a much more involved process than that: choosing colors is both an art and a science, and something that can wreck the appearance of your home if you get it wrong.
In this article, we’re going to investigate what you should look out for when choosing upholstery colors for your home. Check it out.
Make Sure New Upholstery Matches The Paint
The first thing to consider is whether your new upholstery matches your paint. Matching the paint isn’t as simple as it sounds because of the differences in textures and patterns between upholstery and your paintwork.
If you have a neutral-painted room, then you have the luxury of going with practically any cotton fabrics that you want. Most colors will work seamlessly with whites, creams, greys and off-gray slate. However, if your rooms are painted brightly, then you might run into trouble.
To work out whether colors will go well together or not, your best bet is to use a color wheel. A color wheel is essentially an arrangement of colors that help you see which colors work together, and which don’t. Color wheels can be quite complicated to get your head around, but once you’ve understood them, you can use them for practically any reason – everything from redecorating your home to choosing a matching outfit.
Color wheels present colors in a circle. Like-colors are next to each other and vary with an increasing magnitude as they make their way around. The trick to choosing colors that match is to select those that sit at regular intervals from each other on the color wheels. For instance, opposite colors on the color wheel work together, as do colors that are a third or a quarter of the wheel away from each other. The tone at 12 o’clock will work with colors and 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The color at 2 o’clock will work with colors at 5, 8, and 11 o’clock and so on.
Don’t Buy Patterns That Clash
As well as color, you also have to consider whether the patterns on your upholstery clash with other upholstery in the room, wallpaper, or any other decorative designs. Having too many patterns in a room can create an uncomfortably busy appearance, ruining the aesthetic.
As a rule of thumb, interior designers stick to one or two “busy” patterns in a room. If you have a sofa, for instance, with zigzag patterns, then avoid putting similarly busy patterns on your drapes or ottomans.
Watch out for your flooring. Some rooms have tiled flooring with patterns or hardwood floors with different wood colors throughout. These floors can also add visual complexity to a room and go best with plain or neutral upholstery.
Lighting can change the appearance of upholstery and cloth you choose for your interior spaces. Because of this, it’s usually a good idea to take samples of material back to your home so that you can see them in context. Upholstery colors may look very different on the showroom floor compared to your home because of differences in lighting.
The good thing about bringing fabrics home is that they can inspire you to change the lighting in your interior spaces. If a fabric looks very different to how it looked in bright light, but you still want to enjoy it in your home, then it could incentivize you swap out your old lighting for something new, or install a skylight.
Know That The Color Of Your Upholstery Can Change Your Mood
The particular color that you choose for you upholstery can change your mood. Given that you could be living with it for a long time, the color that you choose is an important consideration.
- Neutrals and whites. Neutrals and whites create a calm and relaxing space. They’re ideal when you want to create a minimalist feel, or you have other bright objects in your interior that you’d prefer to emphasize.
- Reds and oranges. Reds and oranges can promote relaxation if they mimic the color of the setting sun. But they can also be moody and intense.
- Blues and greens. Blues and greens appear cooler than neutrals and reds. Because of this, they are best suited to warm climates.
- Black. Black upholstery is excellent when you want to create a dramatic space. Black drapes and sofas go well with neutral paint on the walls.