Buying a home can be stressful and once you’ve moved in decorating can be an even bigger chore. Furnishing and decorating your home can be fun and exciting and choosing a color palette is the most important part. So we’ve put together five tips to help you find the color scheme that best suits your style and personality!
1. PULL COLORS FROM THE LARGEST PATTERN IN THE ROOM
This can often be the pattern of your furniture, the wallpaper or even a large area rug. This will allow you to extract colors from the pattern that you know already work well together.
Additionally, you can select colors from nature.
If you have not yet purchased furniture or large items for your room start by looking at the color wheel. This can help you create a color scheme that is completely unique to you and fits your personality. The six basic techniques for combining colors using the color wheel are:
- Complementary – These are colors that are opposite each other on the wheel and are considered complimentary to one another.
- Analogous – Analogous schemes are colors that are next to one another on the color wheel and will usually match well. They also tend to be found in nature and most pleasing to the eye.
- Triad – A triad combination uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. These palettes tend to be vibrant even when paler versions of these colors are used.
- Split Complimentary – This is a variation of the complementary color scheme and tends to you use a base color and two colors that adjacent to it’s complementary color. This is a great way to go for home decor beginners.
- Rectangle – This scheme uses four colors selected from complementary pairs and offers the most possibilities for variation.
- Square – Similar to the rectangle color scheme this technique four colors that are more evenly spaced out around the color wheel. Special attention should be given to the balance in warm and cool colors in your design.
3. CONSIDER LIGHTING
When choosing a color scheme consider the lighting in the room. Does the room only have a single window or two? Are the windows large and do they let in a lot of light? What direction do the windows in your room face – North, East, South, West? The lighting in your room can greatly affect the finished color scheme in the room. Light colors may seem darker in a room with little light, dark colors placed in front of windows that face West will see more direct sunlight and may fade faster. Notice how both the rooms below have large windows in the room.
4. DON’T FORGET PAINT SAMPLES
Most paint stores offer cheap or even free paint can samples. Take these home and paint a small part of the room you’re decorating to see how your colors work in the room. Remember, the light will always affect your color so let your paint dry completely before making a decision. If you’re unable to find paint samples you can also use paint chips which you can pick up free at any home improvement or paint store.
5. FOLLOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
Whether you’re selecting a color scheme for your first home or you tenth, remember that your home is a reflection of your personal style and taste. Whether bold and bright or soft and calm select colors that show off your personal style and you can’t go wrong.