The ultimate guide to combining colours and textures

As we enter 2020, we can expect to see a shift away from minimalist design. Rather, we’ll be focusing on bold colour combinations and grandeur, adding as much character as possible to a space. However, for interior design novices, it can be hard to know which colours, patterns and textures work to complement each other, rather than clash.


In the workplace, it’s important to get the interior design right. The way in which you present and decorate your space will speak volumes for your brand personality. Even if you’re a high energy, vibrant company, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using complementary, timeless design combinations.


So, how can you ensure that you’re getting the right balance of maximalism and complementary design?


Refine your colour palette

The first stage of the planning process should consist of gaining inspiration for the design. Many interior designers start with a mood board; this provides a blank slate that can be filled with a range of sources, including magazine cut-outs and fabric samples. You can use this to help you decide on your main colours; it’s best to limit yourself to three different shades, ensuring that at least one of them is neutral.



Once you’ve chosen your main colours, take a look at the colour wheel. The shades opposite your main colours are the complementary ones, and can be used as accents – perhaps within your furniture or cushions. For example, if one of your main colours is purple, you may like to add orange decorative pieces. Amongst all this, your neutral colour (such as cream, beige or white) helps to maintain harmony throughout the interiors.


Whilst your colour palette can be explorative and diverse, try to stray away from mixing colour intensities. Try to avoid mixing bold shades with pastel hues, for example; strive to stay consistent throughout.


Complementary pattern combinations

Whilst patterns can add bundles of character to a space, the designer should be wary when it comes to layering. Combining patterns, when done right, can really work to incorporate a variety of styles. However, there should always be a prominent pattern to establish the overall tone, allowing the eye to have somewhere to rest. Alternatively, mixing patterns with textures really helps to add interest and a personal touch to the space, working better to complement the overall design.



Combining textures adds character

When considering the design of your space, don’t forget to combine a variety of textures. This is perhaps one of the easiest, yet most effective ways to add character and personality – particularly when mixed with patterns. It’s quite often a good idea to look to nature if you’re unsure of which textures to use. In woodland settings, you’ll commonly find rough and smooth textures combined; this usually works to add personality within interiors. For example, you could combine shiny, reflective surfaces with rattan furniture, or soft, woollen materials with solid gold accents.



Although it’s important to stay away from colour, texture and pattern clashes, you can get as experimental as you’d like. Remember, though, if you’re designing an office space, to always stay true to your brand personality.


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