Finding the Right Color Scheme For Your House

When it comes to paint, thousands of shades, colors and hues exist. Still, choosing the best ones for your home doesn’t have to be a challenging task. Decide on one color first. This color can either be your accent color or primary wall color. Accent colors are not essential, but if you plan on using one, then making sure the colors coordinate well is essential. Below are some starting points for you to choose colors that you’ll enjoy living with for years to come.

Flooring
Keep your flooring in mind as you go about selecting suitable wall colors. Carpeting, hardwood and tile floors will either have a warm or cool tone. Use the floor’s tone as a departure point for your paint color decisions. New decorators can play it safe by selecting a wall color that’s in a similar color family as the flooring. As anyone would probably guess, floors with a cool tone will look great with a cool-toned paint, while warm-colored floors are accentuated by a warm-colored paint. If you don’t know how to identify the difference between a warm and cool color, ask your paint sales associate to teach you the difference.

Furnishings
Don’t forget to keep the color of your furnishings in mind as you shop for wall paint as well. Try shopping with photos of your room in hand. It is also a good idea to keep large surface areas such as curtains or area rugs in mind as you pick paints.

Create a Mood
Colors stir up an assortment of moods. Your paint choice can create a romantic, fun or relaxing environment, or it can push you to feel melancholic all of the time. Intense colors tend to be very stimulating, while dull colors can be depressing. Visualize the mood you’d like to create during the shopping process, so take paint chips home with you and imagine how you will feel surrounded by the colors. Keep in mind that dark colors tend to evoke sad feelings when they are placed in a dark room with poor lighting. So if you find a dark color appealing, make sure that the space where you’ll use it gets lots of natural lighting.

Consider Your Lifestyle
This is often forgotten, but remember your lifestyle! If you work hard all day, a relaxing color scheme may be the way to go. Select an energizing color combination if you’re on the go and find colors that are uplifting. Interiors that reflect a sophisticated lifestyle require upscale colors. Bright, bold, or earthy colors often suit casual and eclectic settings well. If you have a house full of children, prioritize a color choice that camouflages fingerprints. Children tend to love bright colors, so definitely push the limits on brightness when choosing colors for their rooms.

Create Space With Color
As you finalize your decision about which colors you like most, consider how the colors will impact the overall appearance of the room’s size. Paint colors that make rooms look bigger are typically light. Choose a white, pastel or neutral color to increase the appearance of a room’s size. Neutral colors can make a room look larger than it actually is as well.

Illusions
Darker colors tend to make large rooms look cozy, especially when applied to ceilings. Colors such as red, navy, brown and olive will create an environment that feels small. The deeper a paint color’s tone happens to be, the smaller the room will appear. Since dark tones shrink room sizes, black paint should only be used on walls sparingly or as an accent color.

It might be scary to throw a splash of color on a drab wall for the first time, but don’t stress! Never be afraid to ask a professional for help – at the very least, a Google search or posting a question to a design forum will help.

Jenda Quage writes about her career in design. Her best work is about what it’s like to major in design, in a piece on the best college majors for the future.

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