Does your home need a new splash of color, a quick pick-me-up, or perhaps a fresh perspective? If you want to make a dramatic improvement to the interior of your home without spending a lot of money, then there is nothing better than a fresh coat of paint.
Before jumping in, it is important to think through the color direction for your home as a whole instead of thinking about color one room at a time. Every room should feel unique, while also creating a pleasing and harmonious flow to the entire home.
The first step in your new paint project is to develop a color palette for your home. There are many ways to begin developing the color palette for your home, but it is important to be inspired by the things and places you love. Here are some ideas for finding inspiration:
- Look inside your closet. What colors do you surround yourself in all day? Do you wear a predominance of neutrals? Or are you drawn to the bright and bold?
- Take a look through design magazines, apps, or Pinterest. Clip photos and then take some notes on what you like about the colors in the rooms you are attracted to. Take those photos with you to the paint store to use when selecting swatches to take home and consider in the space.
A Few General Rules
Nobody wants a cookie-cutter home. It should feel and look like your own. That’s why I feel that rules are made to be broken; however, it is important to consider a few general rules when finalizing your color palette:
- Neutrals and less intense versions of colors should be used for interior walls. Brighter and saturated colors are best for accessories and accents.
- Don’t be scared of colors. However, the 80’s are over! Pastels are generally not a good idea; instead go for the deep, rich colors. I always like to use colors with a hint of grey for a nice rich, deep color scheme.
- If you are living in a historic home, consider the style of the home as a primary influence. There are many wonderful resources and books that can give insight into a historically inspired color palette.
- Lastly, consider the psychological effects that colors conjure. Many people respond well to soft earth tones that are warm in their base color. These colors seem to be universally comforting. Blues and greens are generally found to be relaxing. Red is stimulating and great for encouraging good food consumption and interesting conversation in the dining room.
To learn more about the psychological effect of colors, you can Google the topic and find lots of interesting pieces that have been written by color theorists.
Be sure to check back next week for the next article on perfecting your color scheme. In the meantime, if you are ready to get started selecting a color palette for your home and need some assistance, please contact us to schedule a color consultation.