Creating a Colour Palette with BAGNODESIGN

14th Jul 2018

Choosing a colour palette can seem as simple as putting your favourite colours together and sometimes it works. However, to create an effective colour palette, we need to understand how colours work together. But where to start? You only need one inspirational starting point to work from, this can be anything from a brassware finish to printed wallpaper.



If we take the Little Greene Monroe wallpaper, this uses various tones of blue with a complimentary accent colour of orange. Using the wallpaper as a starting point we can then chose the ratio of each colour. The impact of ratio between each colour can also change the overall appearance and feel.

Using the lighter colour for the biggest ratio helps lift the room and keep it light and fresh. Whereas using a higher ratio of a darker shade will add more of an atmosphere, giving the impression of a ‘cosy’ retreat. Alternatively, using a high ratio of a brighter shade will create a bolder, high-impact design.


Monochrome palettes are those which use a variety of tones of the same one colour.  This is effective as the monochrome conveys an emotional or psychological message. Adding an accent colour to a monochrome room will create the biggest contrast, as the monochrome shades will act as a frame to the contrasting element.

A grayscale, or black and white, monochrome palette will exude elegance and sophistication - the most timeless of colour choices.  Another useful and easy tip to remember is that the simplest of colour palettes generally incorporate four shades; a lighter tint, a middle hue, a darker shade and a contrasting accent or grounding colour.

This example shows the Pines wallpaper in Ash, with Mono paint on the panelled wall and Lamp Black on the Monaco bathtub from BAGNODESIGN. The floor tiles, from FAP Ceramiche’s collection Nord, can also be found at BAGNODESIGN.

An Analogous palette is one that uses tones sitting close to each other on the colour wheel; such as orange and red, pink and purple or yellow and green. These palettes naturally communicate a harmonious consistency within design. They’re also easy to work with because there isn’t a large differentiation in hue. Instead, contrast is created through the variations in colour shade; this limits distraction from the object itself, so that form can be the focal point.

A Triadic palette is one that uses three colours which are evenly spaced on the colour wheel – often a trickier palette to get just right. If in doubt, try sticking to the same tone or shade. 


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