Color Coordination: Style Your Home In Beautiful Hues
Colors are vital in shaping the soul and spirit of a home. That said, color coordination can be tough when you’re faced with a plethora of pretty colors to choose from. Stay safe and a bland and generic home surfaces. Go for bolder tones or striking accents and risk visual chaos. What is the secret to creating perfectly coordinated color schemes in homes? Here are 10 tips to help you achieve that Pinterest-worthy abode!
- Start With The Furniture First
Elements like furniture, fabrics, tile, and wallpaper are less flexible. As such, it’s easier to work the paint color around them rather than the other way around. It’s crucial to be aware of color values as well. Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a certain area. Mixing values within a color scheme help to keep a palette with multiple hues from being visually chaotic. A good rule of thumb is to choose one dark color, one light, and one bright color. Thereafter, select just one of the three to be the overarching hue.
- Visualize With A Floor Plan
Color coordination applies to furniture as well. Not sure if they’d go well? Test it out first. Get the blueprint of your home, taking note of the furniture arrangement and the colors in each room. Thereafter, use color swatches or paint chips to represent the colors of these fixtures.
- Consider The Big Picture
As you assess the blueprint of your home, take note of how the flow of spaces would be perceived. Which rooms would be visible at once at a certain angle? In an instance whereby both the reading room and child’s room can be seen from a point in the common corridor, it is prudent to choose colors that complement one another for a soothing view. Color coordination between adjoining rooms can ensure a smooth view when the rooms are surveyed as one walks down the common corridor.
- Color And Utility
Consider the function of a space and the mood and atmosphere that would facilitate the activities within the rooms. For example, a vibrant red would be suitable for the games room, where creativity and enthusiasm are encouraged. However, a pastel color would be suitable for the study room where deep concentration is required. Colors such as brown and gray, due to their mellow nature, are then suitable for spaces of rest and relaxation.
Color and light share a unique bond. Light consists of 7 colors of the rainbow. Upon hitting a surface, all colors except the one we perceive is absorbed. We perceive color because light rays of a certain frequency (color) bounce off the surface and into our eyes. Therefore, an important factor that decides the color of the room would be the amount of light available in that space. For example, narrow rooms should not be painted with dark colors lest it looks smaller.
Light also highlights the beautiful undertones beneath surface colors. For example, gray with undertones can exhibit tones of violet, green and blue under strong sunlight.
When artificial lights are involved, not all lights are created equal. Incandescent lamps emit a redder and warmer illumination that can cast a reddish tint upon your furniture and walls. On the other hand, fluorescent lamps emit a cooler, bluer light that lowers the visual temperature of the interior.
Can’t’ decide on a single color scheme? Enliven your home with accessories instead! Accessories allow a great deal of personalization in the home space, granting homeowners a huge leeway to express their unique style and personality. Include petite potted plants or vases of pretty roses to make your home instantly Instagram-able! Such little bursts of greenery are excellent in refreshing the home space and relaxing the atmosphere of the interior effortlessly. On a minimalist wall, photo frames in different shapes and sizes create a cheerful visual medley that narrates your story. Accessories are light, and easily mixed and matched. Against a neutral background, accessories can create drastically different looks!
- Shades Of The Same Hue
Having different shades of the same color is a foolproof method in preventing color clashes. Having color gradients in your home is another creative method to add depth to your line of sight.
- Keep Common Spaces Neutral
White, beige, greige, and cream are great ideas. These light shades ensure a smooth visual transition as you walk from the corridor into the rooms. Moreover, they provide a space for eyes to rest between areas of bold and saturated colors.
- Mimic Nature
Adjust your palette from dark to light vertically upwards. Use darker color values on the ground, medium ones on the walls and lighter ones on the ceiling. This replicates the view we see in nature, with the earthy soil bearing the darkest shades and the blue sky being the lightest in color.
- The Color Wheel
Use tools to simplify the job! A color wheel exhibits colors clearly at one glance. This allows you to imagine color coordination in your abode. With it, you can easily consider warm and cool colors and assess combinations that are complementary, analogous and triadic.
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