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If you feel that your café interior is in need of a splash of colour but aren’t sure where to start, you may want to follow a few basic rules to help you get the balance right. Follow these rules and you’ll have a well-balanced colourful space. However get it wrong and you’re more likely to end up with a mismatch of colour that just doesn’t work. Let’s take a closer look!
It’s all about percentages
It’s okay, you don’t have to be a whiz at maths to understand basic colour percentages. Instead what you need to know is that too much of one colour can either make a room look bland and uninteresting or busy and confused. As a general rule of thumb divide your café into three colour components. These being main, secondary and accent colour with a 60%, 30% and 10% split, For example you might decide that the bulk of the colour (60%) goes on the walls. A further 30% might be used for furniture colour or floor colour and the final 10% being utilised for accent colour such as table cloths, napkins, cushions, curtains etc. Doing this should give you the perfect balance of colour so it’s all in the planning.
Getting your colour scheme right
If you have a natural flair for colour then trust your instincts and go with it. If colour isn’t your strongest point then you can play it safe by using natural colour contrasts which are known to work well together such as blue and yellow, purple and orange or red and green. Alternatively go for groups of colour such as warm colours, cool colours, natural colours or soft tones. Finally if all else fails then use a good colour chart to help you decide.
Scaling up or down
Another way to add colour is to either scale it up or down. For example you might want to consider going dark to light with your darkest colour being the floor, a toned down colour on the walls and the lightest colour on the ceilings. This ‘vertical’ style of decorating not only adds depth to a room but is one that blends in effortlessly.
Start with your furniture
If you have some particularly bold pieces of café furniture then why not design a colour scheme that best compliments them. For example, if you have sumptuous chocolate brown leather-look chairs, then why not continue that colour scheme on the walls with shades of spice and accent colours of sage green and burnt orange. Alternatively if you have some furniture in light pastel blue, then cornflower blues and off-whites will give a softer French chic look to your establishment
If you need inspiration for your colour scheme, or if you need matching furniture for an already crafted scheme then log in and head over to Cafe Furniture Melbourne. We have a wide range of café furniture on offer at real value for money prices. Trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed.