The wonderful world of color does more than brighten your room, or cover markings on the wall. A carefully thought out color palette will bring your home together into the oasis you want it to be. In order to accomplish this through color, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when selecting your color palette. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you venture forward into the world of color.
Likes and Dislikes
Everyone has color preferences and usually if you look in your closet you will get a feel for what direction your color preferences lean. Do you see a specific color dominating your wardrobe? Chances are you do. We all tend to migrate towards those colors that speak to us and that we find appealing. Your favorite color may not always be the best color for your room though. That’s why it is important to take a few minutes to look past your favorite color, and start to figure out what other colors you might find pleasing.
One reason that your favorite color may not be the best choice for your room is color affects the perception of the size of a room. Bright colors tend to make a room look bigger, while dark colors will shrink a room’s appearance. Keep the size of your space in mind while looking at color swatches so that you don’t find yourself being drawn towards colors that will have the opposite effect on your space than you are attempting to achieve.
Unless you are going to paint your entire house, it is a good idea to keep in mind any color palette that you may have already begun. When you look at a model home that has been prepped for display, you will notice that, although there may be one or two rooms whose colors veer off of the overall color scheme, for the most part there is a consistency of flow from room to room. This can be achieved through incorporating a specific color into your palette and carrying it throughout the home including those rooms that may veer off of the standard palette such as a nursery or child’s room.
Consider different shades of a specific color as you carry your color palette from room to room. You don’t want every room to look alike; however you do still want them to complement each other. If you have two rooms in complementing, but different colors, consider using accessories to bring the complementing color into the other room. This way you can still have diversity between rooms, while continuing to have that cohesive completed look to your home.
Whether you are painting your whole house or just one room, creating a visual color palette and sticking to it as you choose paints and accessories will give you the tools needed in order to create an elegant look that is inviting and has a finished look to it.