Color is the most important thing. Choosing a color palette is the most important part for many when it comes to decorating their homes. Read on and get some great tips as we help guide you to create the color palette that best suits your style, personality and lifestyle.
Choosing your colors
Start by working from a color wheel. There are primary, secondary and tertiary colors.
- Primary colors are red, blue and yellow. They are pure colors and cannot be created.
- Secondary colors are orange, green and purple. These colors are formed when equal parts of 2 primary colors are combined. For example equal parts yellow and blue make green. As basic as this is this is where we begin the color selection.
- Tertiary colors are a mixture, in varying parts of secondary and primary colors to create different hues, as a result the primary and secondary colors become less vivid. White and black are often added to darken and soften these hues.
Creating your color scheme
Use your color wheel to help you create your own color scheme that best fits your personality. There are 4 kinds of possible color schemes.
- Monochromatic. The monochromatic color scheme uses tone on tone of the same color with the addition of white or black to lighten or darken the color. For example, in this scheme blue can become a pale sky blue or a dark midnight blue and all three hues of the same shade are used to create this effect.
- Analogous. The analogous scheme uses colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow will be used with green or orange, or blue will be used with green or purple. This creates a colorful and often soothing palette.
- Contrast. The contrast scheme is more dramatic. Here a triad of contrasting colors is used, such as yellow-orange, green-blue and red-purple. This introduces more color and energy into your home’s palette.
- Complementary. Lastly we have the complementary scheme where two opposing colors, such as blue and orange, are used together to create a dramatic, bold and high energy color scheme.
Creating your color scheme
We will caution against selecting your wall color first. Wall paints are inexpensive and can be created in any color and in any hue you desire. It’s best to start with harder to find items such as furniture and rugs or carpets. Once you’ve selected your furnishings you can then move on to wall color. You may decide that you’d prefer your color not to be on your walls, but in your accessories or furnishings instead. Many people prefer this. Others, conversely, prefer more neutral furnishings contrasted by bold and powerful walls.
Things to consider
When choosing your color palette you may want to start with contrasts, something dark paired with something light. If you wish to infuse a little more color and energy into your room you might consider adding something bright. Where is it that you want these colors?If you’re more comfortable with pale walls, look to your furnishings, accessories and rugs for added color. When picking your colors, especially the bolder ones, make sure they are crisp and the lines are clean. If your style is more subtle, softer, neutral shades should be considered.
Test out your colors with paint swatches and fabrics. Draw out plans for your rooms and sketch in the colors. If they work on paper, try painting small areas of your walls. You can buy any color paint in a sample size specifically for this reason. When painting sample areas look at other rooms and how they connect so that you can create a flow from room to room so that the colors complement each other. An adjoining room may want a nonaccent or a neutral color, or conversely, you can work with contrasting tones as well as long as there is always a semblance of flow.
Lighting is an important aspect of all decor and function within the home and should never be overlooked. Light reflects and deflects color, changing it constantly, throughout the day. A room’s truest colors are those found in the daylight hours and the hues will alter throughout the day and the seasons as the lighting changes. Different lightings can change the appearance of color as well. Indigo, for example, can appear bluer in one room and have much more red in another.