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How to use a colour wheel when looking at sofas for sale
Written By Sharon Marshall on August 5th, 2012
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When looking at sofas for sale, it is often difficult to imagine how the ones you like would look in your living space. Just as difficult is deciding what colour to decorate your room in order to match your new furniture.
One of the best things you can do to ensure you are looking at the right shade of sofas for sale is to familiarise yourself with colour theory. This is made if you use a colour wheel, the first of which was developed by Sir Isaac Newton!
The following video explains how colour theory can be used effectively to help you avoid a colour clash when decorating.
To reiterate the main points from the video, let’s first look at what you need:
- a colour wheel
- help from sales people
You might also find it useful to search through design magazines and get clippings of things that you like. Another great way to find inspiration for home decorating ideas and learn about colour theory is by watching TV shows on the subject.
STEP 1: If you want to become adept at colour theory, use a colour wheel. Colours that are thought to be harmonious are those which are opposite on the wheel. You can also get a harmonious look from three colours that form a triangle with equal sides and four colours that form a rectangle.
STEP 2: Pick out linens, material swatches, decorations, flooring and furniture, including shades of any sofas for sale that you like.
Take samples/swatches of anything you like with you on shopping trips and ask shop assistants for advice because they often have years of experience that can be of great benefit to the home decorator.
STEP 3: Take the colour wheel with you when you shop as you will find this helpful when looking at why some colours will work well together, i.e., harmonise, and other colours clash.
STEP 4: Decide on a colour scheme that will suit your favourite coordinating items. Monochromatic uses various shades of the same colour and complementary uses two opposite colours on the wheel.
STEP 5: Choose your paint colour, including the finish you want. Remember that small rooms will look bigger if you use light paint colours on the walls.
STEP 6: If possible, it is a good idea to invest in tester tubes or pots of paint. If you try the shades you have in mind on the walls, you can see how they look together. Also, you will see how they look at different times of the day, which can bring about quite a variation.
STEP 7: Decorate your room!
This next video includes an example of how having a neutral coloured sofa can give you great opportunities to make the most of accessories to bring colour into a room and we love how the cushions tie in with the pictures on the walls. So it’s definitely worthwhile checking out neutral shades when looking at sofas for sale.