How to Choose the Right Colors for your Home
Why do we find one place attractive over another? Why do we find one product appealing over another? Colors—whether in products or architectural —accounts for 70 percent of people’s response to a place or an object.
Nothing is as personal as colors, they help in defining home interiors and create focal points in relatively featureless rooms. Colors- whether architectural or in products- accounts for 60-70 percent of our response to a place or an object.
Colors tend to have a physical and psychological impact on us. For example, some colors can balance energy levels and increase metabolism, while other colors can raise blood pressure or even cause eye strain. Read on and get some great ideas as which will we help you to choose the color scheme that best suits your personality and lifestyle.
Color wheel, there are primary, secondary and tertiary colors in it.
• Primary colors are red, blue and yellow. These are pure colors and cannot be created.
• Secondary colors are green, orange and purple. You can create these colors by combining two equal parts of primary colors. As basic as, this is where you can begin with the selection of colors.
• Tertiary colors are a mixture, in varying parts of primary and secondary colors to form different hues. To darken and soften these hues, black and white are often added.
Start with the Small
If you are not sure of how a particular color scheme might look, see paint cards, swatches of fabric, or other color samples side by side. Bring paint cards and swatches to home, and hold them up in the spaces you’re considering using them.
Choose a color that best suits you. Then take that color and look at it several tones and hues lighter and hues darker and several shades.
While choosing colors, don’t forget to consider other accessories in the room. Chosen color scheme should complement the other accessories in the room.
If you feel uncertain about where to begin with color, experiment in a small room or bathroom, an accent wall or area between rooms. Pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see the results sooner, and be happy with it or you change it.
Consider the mood of a room
Consider the mood of a room while selecting colors. Choose soft, cool colors and neutrals in a bedroom. These colors create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for creating drama.
Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors are perfect for dining room and living room. Deeper blue-greens and neutrals colors add a sociable atmosphere and give a more formal ambiance.
Use simple, relaxing yet cool colors for kid’s room. You can also use chalkboard paint to give a sketchy look to their room.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Lighting is an important aspect of all decor within the house and should never be missed. The reason why paint stores have light boxes for you to test the colors. Light reflects and deflects colors, changing it regularly, throughout the day. A room’s truest colors are those found in the natural daylight hours. The hues alter throughout the day and the seasons due to changes in lighting.
Different lightings can change the appearance of color as well. For example, Indigo, can appear red in one room and have much bluer in another.
Use your color wheel to create the color scheme that best fit your lifestyle.
Monochromatic- The monochromatic scheme uses shade on shade of the same color with the addition of black or white to darken or lighten the color.
Complementary- The complementary scheme is a mixture of two opposing colors, such as orange and blue, are used together to form a bold, dramatic and high energy color scheme.
Contrast- The contrast scheme is more dramatic and is triad of contrasting colors, such as blue- green, red-purple and yellow-orange. This color scheme introduces more colors into your home’s palette.
Analogous- Lastly we have the analogous scheme. It uses colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. For example, orange will be used with red or yellow, or blue will be used with purple or green.
Remember this while painting large room and small rooms
• Cool colors can make a small room appear larger, while large rooms can be made to appear cozier, with warm colors.
• Metallic finishes, such as gold, bronze, silver and blue, glitter or pearl red, add a bold look to large rooms.
• Non-metallic finishes along with geometric or trendy patterns, exude charm, elegance and give an artistic, subtle feel to large rooms.
• Yellow, lavender and pink colors are perfect for small-sized rooms.
• You can also paint one wall in a small room with a darker hue, to differentiate it from the other walls in the room. The darker wall will seem to recede, creating an illusion of space.
• To make small room seems wider, you can paint the walls using stripes of alternating but similar colors