How to Use Color Effectively in Your Home and Office
Color is in everything we touch, taste, and see. It’s in our favorite foods, items of clothing, and on our beloved pooch. Color can reflect one’s certain taste, mood, or style. None of this is more evident than in one’s home. When decorating your home, you will be faced with several decisions, colors often being among the toughest. Here are some ways to steer through the color obstacles and use color effectively in your home.
1. Choosing Colors in Your Home
Choosing the right paint color for the interior of you home, is never easy. There are hundreds of different shades and hues to choose from. Where do you begin?
Before you choose colors for the room in your home, keep a color notebook or folder for a few weeks. Clip out colors and room designs from newspapers, magazines, and other publications. Print interesting colors from online sites on the internet or use a digital camera to capture colors or designs that interest you. Pick up a few color wheels from your local paint stores or home design center.
2. Tone and Contrast
When you are going for a peaceful or balanced color scheme, picking a few colors near each other on the color wheel works best. Light and pastel colors are very popular in many homes and create a pleasant tone. Choosing three colors of blue to work with for several rooms for example creates a theme or unity in your choices. It will also create a tone of tranquility.
Bold colors are used for contrast in the interior of the home. Bold colors on the walls give a room drama and intensity. Use bold colors like red and royal blue with neutral colors to balance the colors effect. Paint the wall with bold colors like red or royal blue and use white or cream for borders, windows, trim, and the ceiling. This will not only create an exciting home design, but also great contrast for the visual eye.
3. Lighting, Furniture, and Theme
Before choosing colors, study how much sunlight each room gets. A room with little sun would look better with warmer colors like light pink, yellow or orange. For rooms that receive full sun choose cooler colors like light blue, green or beige.
The furniture and drapes you have in the rooms should also be looked at carefully. Try to choose colors that complement them. If you want to play it safe, neutral colors like white and beige match everything. You can have a bright blue sofa and drapes with white walls and trim for an effective contrast.
Before you begin painting, choose a theme for your home. Do you want a Victorian theme, modern, green or enviromental look , or art deco ? Research the theme and choose colors that match the mood of your theme. Talk with someone from the paint or design center you buy the paint from. They can help you in choosing the right paint and colors for the interior of your home. Some people also like to mix up the theme with “theme rooms” so that may be a compromise if you are torn in two directions.
4. Think About Color and Mood
The color of paint effects our mood. Orange is a warm bright color that fits well in a kitchen. Add it with black, and it is an effective and stylish combination. Use it in dining rooms or family room with brown tones for an earthy feel. Yellow puts you in a pleasant mood. Use yellow in hallways, family rooms, and living rooms. If it is used with black accessories, it creates a dynamic style.
- Green is a cool color that creates tranquility. This is a good choice for bathrooms, spa rooms, home offices, dining or living rooms.
- Blue is another cool color that calms the spirit. Use it bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms or family rooms.
- Red is a bold color that symbolizes romance and livens up the appetite. It is a good choice for bedrooms and dining rooms. With a neutral color like white or beige it can be balanced for the best results.
- Pink is a feminine color that looks stunning in bedrooms, bathrooms, or a baby or child”s room.
- Purple is a rich color that evokes a mood of wealth. It works well in living rooms or dens.
- White is a neutral color that matches everything. By itself, it is bland but often with drapes, and furniture it works effectively even by itself.
- Black is a color you can use with white in moderation. Before using black talk with your design center professionals for tips on use.
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