Whether you’re remodeling your home or just looking to liven it up, giving it a new color scheme is a fun and exciting process. It allows you to create a unique statement for your home. You can make a big, bold statement or something more zen-like and tranquil. But when it comes to choosing a color there’s a lot more to than just picking “blue!” There are nearly an endless number of factors, and even more shades to consider.
Remember that the colors you choose to fill your house can have a big impact on your mood. Your favorite color might be bright red, but it might not be the best choice for the walls of your bedroom. Bright, warm colors like most reds, yellows, and oranges bring energy and excitement to a space and are better suited for kitchens and dining rooms. Cooler, subdued colors like certain hues of blue and green will help create a relaxing atmosphere and are great choices for bedrooms, bathrooms, and offices.
And not only will they affect your mood, they can also change the way you perceive the space around you. If the space you’re working on is small, opt for brighter colors to keep the room feeling light. Darker colors in small rooms can make the space feel crowded, especially with little natural light, but can make bigger rooms feel cozier. You can even go for a balance of light and dark by starting with a dark color for the floor, medium tones for the walls, and light for the ceiling.
If you’re looking to combine multiple colors, whether it’s by contrasting with accents, or including another main color into the mix it’ll be even more useful to use some color theory. If you’re familiar with the color wheel, then try to reach some harmony using complementary or analogous colors. If you don’t know your way around a color wheel, there are plenty of tools to help you keep out the guess work. With web apps like Adobe Kuler and Stylish Home’s Color Palette Maker you can easily whip up and save color schemes, and even create them from images. Love the hue of a certain flower? Snap a pic, upload it, and you’ve got a fully built color palette instantly!
Maybe you don’t want to go for a bold palette, and instead want to stick to neutral colors. The term “neutral colors” has become synonymous with white, tan, and beige, but they can be so much more. Working with desaturated hues rather than greys gives you flexibility and a bit of a style safety net, but also more opportunity for expression. That’s why you may want to consider the so-called “new neutral” colors; not overly loud, but with enough of a touch of color to add personality.
Even after all of the inspiration and planning, a color that looks great on paper or a paint chip might not be as stunning when it goes on the wall. Before you buy gallons of paint and cover an entire room, get samples of several similar shades and try them out. Nothing will help you settle on a color better than seeing it right there on the wall!
When you work with a remodeler and home designer like Adams, you’ll have expert designers that will help you translate your ideas and vision into the perfect color scheme!