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5 Ways How Interiors Designers can Maximise Output with Colors

5 Ways How Interiors Designers can Maximise Output with Colors

For a head-to-toe design, the very first step is selecting a color palette. Interior designers face challenges to come up with a basic color scheme for the whole house. If you truly love a particular interior decoration, we bet that it’s because of the selection of colors.

A well-planned space can be enhanced using efficient colors. The use of colors in the interiors as the translation of abstract color schemes is a complex matter requiring creativity, judgment and often comes with experience.

So how can one be more precise in selecting colors? Let us break down the whole process into three parts

1. What

WHAT is the function/purpose/use of the space you are choosing a color for?

The colors used for residential interiors can be personalised on the basis of choice and taste of the owner. In the hospital, there are usually white and blue colours which indicate internal cleanliness and calmness. On the contrary, many experiments can be done with fashionable, bright colors, while young people have to choose the color for fast-food joints and restaurants. The work of space corresponds to colors, based on the preferences of the desired mood and feelings of customers, users, desired environment, atmosphere as well.

2. Who

WHO is the end user of the space you are choosing the color for?

Before you prepare a color scheme for interior space, it is very important to inquire about the use of space and their needs and behavior of the residents – the age group, whether they are children, young or old? Young children are attracted to colour more than shapes, and babies like red and blues. All the colours for the elderly will dim, and the visual resolution will be reduced. Therefore, while designing for the elderly, designers should use bright colours and ensure that brightness and contrast are particularly high.

3. Where

WHERE is the location of the space you are choosing the colour for?

The colour scheme may vary for spaces in warm and bright climate, for cold and dormant weather, in different physical and geographical locations, in specific cultural and social situations and more. Location plays an important role in selecting the colour scheme for your next interior decoration project.

So Which Colour Guide Are We Talking About?

We are talking about Pantone Formula Guide Solid Coated & Uncoated. This amazing guide by Design Info has a total of 1,867 colours, which is an addition of 112 new colours added to the old edition of the same product.

It is a paper product specially designed for all your colour combination and selection needs. It has all the coated colours as well as uncoated colours included in the package. The package is divided into 2 Guides.

The first guide has all the coated colours which have an initial of ‘C’ starting. While the other guide has all the colours which have an initial of ‘U’.

This Color Formula Guide by Design Info is used for up to 3 colours printing and has all the spot colours and Pantone PMS colours.

How Will This Help?

The colour codes in the guide come with ink formulations as well as coordinating numbers, which will help you to achieve accuracy while printing. However, it has no direct use for interior designers but a very deep indirect use for interior designers.

This guide can help you with colour sampling. You know there colour samples provided by every paint and emulsion manufacturer. But, they are not accurate as they cannot reproduce the exact colours on printed materials.

This guide will help you establish high-quality branding and colour effect on printed materials. Whether it be your catalog or portfolio, this guide can help you with.

4. Ok. I bought this. What next?

When you have this product, there are few others steps to follow for developing a colour scheme for your next interior design project. The very first step is Developing an abstract colour chart followed by Defining elements of an interior space, Developing material Chart, Creating coloured layouts & space designs and Practical testing.

Let us discuss all of them in details.

Developing an abstract colour chart

Developing a colour chart for the development of satisfactory colour schemes for interior spaces is very useful. Abstract colour charts can only be a band of desired colours and can be made using colorful paper or paint such as watercolor, which provides more flexibility in the production of different colours of different colours and colours so that pigments can be mixed together is.

Selecting the first colour and adding consistent colour to the sequence with consistent effort to achieve satisfactory relationships is the purpose of this exercise. Several options can be set for a particular key colour and the final selection can be delayed until the final selection is complete.

5. Defining elements of an interior space

The next step is to define the elements of interior space, which the designer has to conceive. Many elements of internal space can share the same colour, so it is important to create a list of elements in the interior space. Flooring, wall, terrace, architectural facilities, doors, upholstery, furniture, artwork etc.

Developing material charts

After a satisfactory colour chart, matching the colours to the colours are used to create the actual material colours. Various coloured shades, wood finishes, tapestries, veneers, laminates etc. are available from different suppliers, but the guide by Pantone is the best among all of them.

Creating coloured layouts and space designs

After the intangible colour and physical chart are prepared and elements of the inner space are determined, the next step is to move the material chart to a larger layout or model. It is best to start with those areas, such as floors, roofs, walls, or to focus on the main element of focus object or design which will serve as a major colour in your colour scheme.

For the samples of the content chart, the way each colour appears in the final appointment should stand for it. After the assignment and appointment of colours in planning and upgrading paintings, developing physical models or 3D computer models can be very useful to create realistic images of space with the desired light effect.

Practical testing

When actual materials used in the real-time sometimes look very different from their samples, some practical tests on the small areas of the site are useful. Apart from this, looking at the whole piece of upholstery or piece of the laminate sheet may have a better idea of the final effect and may be less likely to be wrong. It is more evident than the experience and knowledge of the available materials in the market.


The guide is portable and the FREE PROTECTION COVER offered by Design Info will secure the product against any damages such as dust and water. Textile Design Studio also offers a FREE COVER with the Pantone color charts to protect the product from any physical damages such as dust and water.

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