4 Tips for Choosing a Home Colour Palette
Nothing is more personal than color. Choosing a color palette for your home is one of the most important, yet daunting, tasks when it comes to decorating your interior space. Read on for our best tips to create the color palette that will best suit your style, personality, and lifestyle.
Choose Your Colors
Start by working with the color wheel. Use the color wheel to create your own color scheme that best fits your personality. There are 4 possible color schemes. Monochromatic uses tone on tone of the same color, with the addition of white or black, to alter the color. Analogous color schemes use colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow will be used with green or orange to create a colorful and soothing palette. Contrasting color schemes are more dramatic. These use a triad of contrasting colors to introduce more color and energy into your home. Complementary color schemes use two opposing colors to create a dramatic and bold energy color scheme.
Psychology of Color
Remember that color also has a psychological effect – changing your mood and energy levels. Incorporating a color’s psychological effect with the function of the room can make a world of difference.
Lighting is imperative for the overall ambience of the room and can change the way color looks from day to night. Take color samples home to see how they interact with fixtures and natural light throughout the day.
Ultimately, the color palette you choose will come down to personal preference. Are you drawn to a particular color or colors? Start there, then look at the varying light and dark hues of that same color. A great example is if you have chosen green, and one shade has grey undertones and one shade has blue undertones. One hue could be used for the living room, and the other one could be incorporated into the dining area. Tied together by a neutral color in both rooms along the trim.
Just remember that it is all about balance. An accent in one room can be the main color in another room. It is also wise to choose your desired colorful furnishings and other small items, such as curtains and pillows, before doing something drastic such as painting a wall. We hope these tips help you on your journey to creating the interior space of your dreams!