How To Pick A Color Scheme For Your Home
One of the best parts about designing a home is that you’re able to customize it to be just the way that you want it! While this can be an exciting task, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Where to start? How to pick the right decor? You want it to be perfect!
First of all, take a deep breath. Now that we’ve taken care of that, we can talk about home design.
When starting to design a space, it’s important to think about the color scheme that you want to go for. Are you wanting something more neutral and subdued or are you wanting something a bit more bold and vibrant? No matter what your personal taste is, your color scheme can set the tone, mood, and energy for your entire home. It’s a bit of pressure, but in this blog post, we will be discussing some of the top things to consider when picking out a color scheme. Keep reading to learn more!
To start off, you want to consider the floor plan of your home. Note which rooms are visible to one another. Walkthrough your home and see which spaces you can see from each room. This will help you understand what type of visual effect you want to create. Seeing the space also shows you what you will be seeing when you live there. You’ll be able to see the spaces, more so than just from a basic birds-eye-view floor plan. This can also help you envision how you want to decorate as well.
WORK FROM THE CENTER OUT
While you may think that you should start from the front of the house and go through each room separately, start from the center and work your way out. The center of the home tends to be either the living room or kitchen. These rooms are also usually the biggest and the main focal points of the home. Both of these rooms will also see many people, whether that be your own family or the guests you host. If you don’t have a specific color scheme picked out, we recommend that you start with a softer neutral color. It may be boring, but you truly can’t go wrong with a light beige or off white. Choosing neutral colors can also help open up the space too and keep it from looking overly cluttered.
PICK OUT YOUR STATEMENT ROOMS
If you do have a color pallet that you want to use or you have a color that you want to incorporate, you can also start there. For example, if you’re wanting to incorporate a red mahogany in the dining room, start there. Looking out from the bold-hued room, you’ll be able to see which colors will complement your statement color. Typically, most choose softer tones for the surrounding areas but you can do whatever you want. It’s your home! However, while it may be tempting to put bold colors next to each other, it is a bit riskier.
BUILD YOUR PALLET WITH SHADES OF THE SAME HUE
If you’ve ever been to a paint store, you’ve probably seen those strips that have all different colors on them, but they still seem to aesthetically go together. That’s because, while they are all different, they still have the same hue. Once you have a color picked for your first room, you can easily move to the color above or below and know that it will flow cohesively together. You can also choose the same color but go with a lighter or darker shade of that color.
Simply looking at color samples like this can help give you an idea of what shades to pair with what. Do your research beforehand, it will help you feel less overwhelmed.
THINK ABOUT YOUR LIGHTING
Lighting is key. Lighting can also directly impact how a color is seen. This means that when you’re picking out a color scheme, if you’re picking a bolder color that’s going to have a lot of light reflected on it, it may change the shade and hue that’s visibly seen. Light can also cast shadows on certain areas, which means that if you’re picking a darker hue, the shadows may cause the room to seem darker too. If you’re working on a room that has lots of windows and light coming in, you may want to opt for a lighter and softer neutral color. This way the light won’t have as big of an effect of the color scheme that you’re working with.
WORK ON YOUR DOWNSTAIRS AND UPSTAIRS SEPARATELY
It can be an overwhelming task to have to think of both the upstairs and downstairs having to cohesively flow together. Now if you’re working in a stereotypical home where there is true separation between the two floors, you can easily create different moods and color schemes in the upstairs versus downstairs. You can even go with the same color pallet or hues and shades from that pallet.
KEEP YOUR CONNECTING SPACES NEUTRAL
White, beige, gray, and lighter colors are naturally foolproof choices when it comes to hallways, landings, and other connecting spaces. It’s less work for you to have to figure out the color and it gives the eyes a rest from the rest of the decor.
However, if you’re wanting to use bolder colors, using them in smaller spaces as statement walls or spaces can add so much depth to your home too. We recommend doing this if you’ve utilized neutral colors in bigger spaces. It’s also a good way to experiment with color, especially if you’re unsure about it. Worst case, you just paint over it and since it’s a small space, it won’t be too difficult.
THINK ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF MEDIUM YOU’RE USING
There are so many different ways that you can incorporate color scheme on the walls and floors of your home. You can paint the walls, use wallpaper, tile, or other materials. The possibilities are truly endless. One form of medium to use that is excessively available and affordable is tile. Tile is a wonderful option that is easy to install and easy to manage after. It can add layers of interesting textures, colors, and patterns that are guaranteed to fit with whatever color scheme you’re choosing.
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