Color Your Guests Impressed
Are you looking to add a splash of character to your new home? Want a way to really make a room pop? How would you like to transform a living area without major home renovations?
Then let’s talk about using color to truly customize your space.
The Power of Color
You might not always notice it, but color has an impressive effect on how you perceive your surroundings. For instance, brighter hues like yellow or eggshells can give smaller rooms a spacious feel and cool shades like blue, green and lavender are perfect for making living rooms a relaxing environment. Want a cozier living space? Warm up a den or dining room with orange, yellow or red. You can even make your new house feel like a home by using colors from your childhood to evoke fond memories!
Choosing a Scheme
So you’ve decided to bring a room to life with color, that’s fantastic! To make sure you get the exact environment you’re envisioning, it helps to use one of the two basic color schemes.
First is a complementary scheme. These are colors that are directly across each other on the color wheel, a few eye pleasing examples are blue and yellow, purple and orange, and red and green. Complementary schemes tend to have a more formal feel to them, and are usually found more in living rooms, dining rooms and even home offices.
The other basic choice you have is an analogous scheme. These are colors that sit next to each other on the wheel, like blue and violet, yellow and green, and orange and red. You can utilize analogous color schemes to create casual and soothing environments. They’re perfect for bedrooms, dens, family rooms and any area you’d like to plop down in a comfy chair and read a book in.
Going Off the Wall
When it comes to interior designing with color there’s more than just the shade of paint on the walls, furniture, appliances and carpets are important too.
To ensure you get the most pleasing to the eye balance of color, it’s best to follow the 60-30-10 rule. It’s a simple break down that means you’ll want 60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color and 10% of an accent color to round them out. The 60% usually involves the walls, the carpeting and furniture make up the 30% and the final 10% can be any flair of personality.
For example, you want to design a calm and peaceful home office. An analogous color scheme is the best place to start, in this case, a hunter green, a rich mahogany and a nice tan or beige for accent. The hunter green would add class to the walls, a darker leather couch or wood desk would work perfectly for the secondary mahogany and a simple lampshade would do just the trick for the tan accent.
Let the Colors Flow
Color isn’t just for setting a mood, or emphasizing size in a living area, it can also improve the flow o house from room to room. A great way to take advantage of this effect is to use a color from one room and translate it in an adjacent space. That could be coordinating your study and living room with seating sharing the same shade of fabric, or painting an amoire in your dining room the same color as your kitchen cabinets. Not only does it connect the rooms, it provides a sense of well thought-out custom home design.