If you're about to renovate your entire home, or just a single room, then your choice of color is an important consideration. Color has a tremendous impact on the overall feel of your home, and should also complement the style of home you're creating.
After all, color affects our emotions as much as other aspects of home decor do, so it's important to give it some reflection.
So let's go through some top tips on color that will help you to achieve the result you want, and the overall feel that you'd like in your home.
Ensure that the colors chosen reflect the style of your home.
For example, if your preference is to have neutral and classic decor, then colors such as beige, cotton, or stone will suit best. These colors go with both neutral and bold decor.
If you like more natured themes, then lavender or soft greens will do well.
For more fiery tastes, reds, golds and dusky rose will provide the warmth you're looking for.
The best way is to use a website or software that provides color simulations on walls to help you choose a color palette.
Use the 60:30:10 rule.
Most of the time, you'll probably have the same color walls throughout the home, but if you choose to have a feature wall or two, ensure that the feature wall is about 30% of the room.
The remaining 10% is for a third, deeper color that can either be a feature wall or be from furniture.
If the proportions are higher, your room can look disjointed.
With wall decor that's subtle in color, choose light colored walls.
Your wall decor should be a highlight, and not overpowered by the color behind it. This is why neutral colored walls such as beige and related colors are not only pleasing to most people, they compliment both light and richly colored wall decor.
On the other hand, richly colored wall decor will be complimented by either a light or richly colored background. But there's one condition here. With a rich background, such as a red painted wall or red patterned wallpaper, it will work well as long as there's some matching between these.
For example, if the wallpaper is red with hints of brown and gold, then if there's a similar shade of red or brown in the wall decor, it will work.
Use your instinct, but also test it out.
One of the most important parts of this process is to get some samples of the wall paint and wallpaper and see if they go well with your home.
Something to be aware of is that the overall color scheme and style of your home may be 'matched' in different ways.
For example, if you have classic decor, it doesn't mean that you have to have neutral colors, even though it's a combination that's easy to work with. You can instead have rightly colored red patterned wallpaper as mentioned.
In these situations, be sure that you love the rich color, as rich color is powerful and difficult to ignore. So see if you can find an entire room that has been decorated with this color, such as in a wallpaper showroom.
Make sure the color scheme or pattern matches the style of your internal architectural features.
Not only should you make sure you like a color, you should also see if it will match the style of architectural features such as the windows and architraves in your home.
For example, with the above scenario, a classic patterned rich wallpaper will go well with more ornate character features in the home, rather than ultra plain modern features. The exception to this, is if you use a modern 'version' of a classic pattern which will suit modern decor.
So ensure that you're seeing the whole picture, and use your instinct and personal taste.
So there you have it.
You now know the top 5 tips when it comes to using color in your home. These 5 tips will help you choose the right color and patterns for your home to match your personal taste as well as your wall and home decor. So enjoy playing with color, and seeing the combinations of color and patterns with your test samples, to decorate your home just the way you envisioned it.
- ▼ 2012 (5)