Whether this is your first home or your fiftieth, decorating the inside of your property can be a challenge. Choosing a color palette that both accentuates the positive aspects of your home and negates the negative ones, all while maintaining a sense of flow and openness, can be difficult even for those who have a knack for interior design.
Picking a new color for one room in your home can be tricky. Especially if you’re looking to make it appealing for eventual resale. Keep reading to read eight useful tips on how to navigate the world of interior design and choose a color palette that will bring out the best in your home.
Do a Walk-through of Your Home
The first thing any property owner needs to do when considering a color update to their home is a have a careful walk-through. Be very mindful when doing this or take sketched and photos while you walk through the property to help you see your property clearly. Take special note of which rooms are visible to another one. These notes will become your base for your entire color plan. You may even want to make copies so that you can always keep a copy close at hand.
Where is Your Focal Point
There are two ways you can decide what is the focal point of your home. The first way is to choose the biggest and most centrally located room in your house. Most likely this will be your kitchen or living room, and it’s a good way to start choosing your color palette. The other method is to start with the room that you want to paint the boldest color. If you have a particular passion for a certain color, paint your largest room that color and work out from there. It’s best to choose softer, more subdued colors for subsequent rooms from the initial “bold” color room. You can put two bright-colored rooms right next to each other but this can be jarring if not done well.
Have you ever heard of a color wheel? If you went to primary school, you probably ran into one of these things a few times in art class. Simply stated, a color wheel is a really excellent tool to teach kids about color – and it turns out adults too! A color wheel will show you exactly which colors blend nicely together. Most models include twelve colors but, in theory, this could be expanded to include an infinite amount of colors. Why not try downloading the app ColorSchemer for a very handy version that you can use immediately from your smartphone or tablet.
Warm Vs. Cool Colors
Colors also have a temperature. This is very important when incorporating different colors into your home’s interior design. Reds, oranges and yellows are often described as “warm colors”. These colors are normally very vibrant and can bring a sense of liveliness and friendliness to a space. In contrast, blues, purples, and most greens are cool colors. Many people use these in living rooms or bedrooms to bring a sense of calm and relaxation to a room.
Be sure to consider the size of the room you are painting when deciding between a warm or cool color. Using a warm color in a small or oddly shaped room can make it feel too intense or claustrophobic. The opposite effect could happen if you have a very large space. Painting an open room a cool color can make it seem stark and uninviting. Not a feeling you want to evoke in a communal space like a living or dining room.
Build a Palette
Now that you have a better understanding of color and how different colors compliment or clash with each other, you can build a palette for your home. The simplest way to do this is to pick shades of the same hue of the color you started with. The best thing about this method is that it will quickly and easily create depth and interest in your home, and you’re guaranteed that the colors will look stunning together.
Another good way to build a palette for your home is to use the environment, or a specific landscape as your guide. For example, using the beach as your inspiration, you can then use an app like Pinterest to collect multiple beach images you like. Take a step back and you will likely see recurring colors and textures. Colors that go well together in nature will also work as paint colors.
Upstairs Vs. Downstairs
Your property may not have a true divide between and upstairs and a downstairs space but if it does, we recommend you work on each of these spaces separately. This offers you flexibility in your design choices. You can easily create a different mood or feeling upstairs versus your downstairs area. Plus, tackling these areas separately will make it feel less overwhelming.
There are no hard fast rules for connecting spaces like hallways and landings but often interior designers will go for fairly neutral colors. Hallways that are beige, light gray or white give the eye a place to relax between more saturated colored rooms.
The opposite idea can also be true, however. If you’ve gone with a very neutral color scheme in the big spaces in your home, a vibrant colored hallway or landing is a fabulous spot to experiment with color. It doesn’t have to be dramatically different. Choose a color that is saturated just a few shades darker will make a huge impact.
Test it Out
Perhaps the best tip on color coordinating in your home we can give you is to try it out! As you start winnowing down the field of potential colors, bring home test pots of paint to get the most accurate representation of what it will look like on your walls. Sample cards can be deceiving, especially if the amount and type of light you get in your home is different from the store.
Bring home some test pots of paint and paint swatches on your wall to see which colors suit your home best. You can also then check to see if the colors link together well too.
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