Choosing The Right Color Palette For Your Home Improvement Projects
Choosing a color combination for your home interior is such an important aspect of home improvements and decorations, and we get asked about this topic so often, we decided to offer some helpful tips!
We understand that choosing paint colors for you home improvement project can be a challenge, to say the least. There are thousands of available color options; then you start to factor in style, and personality, add in fixture and furnishings and you have yourself a pretty daunting task! But, it’s worth it. Color can be such a powerful tool for transforming a plain space into an amazing environment. Here are some tips to get you started.
Most people have a natural tendency to complicate things; so, the first thing we’ll tell you – have fun! It’s good to know the basics, yet you don’t necessarily have to follow theories of design and the color wheel to find a successful scheme. Since color choices are highly subjective, when it comes to decorating your home, you need to do what feels right to you. Think about what color palette best suits your style and personality.
As you factor in lighting, remember that both natural light and artificial light are a major aspect of color, decor and function within the home. Natural light will show the truest colors during the daylight hours and will also alter the hues throughout the day and during the various seasons. Artificial light also affects the look of color throughout a room since most homes have different types of lighting fixtures and bulbs throughout a space.
How to Test your Color Palette?
- Use Paint Swatches and Fabrics to test various color combinations. These days all paint stores provide some form of paint swatches for various tones or paint cards. Feel free to grab as many of them as you want – better than returning actual paint!
- Draw out plans of your rooms and sketch in the colors, so you can have a visual of what the room will potentially look like. If you need help with this, we’re only a phone call away!
- Once you create the visuals and are happy with the outcomes we advise painting small areas of your walls.
- Don’t like what you see? No worries, try another hue; that’s why you should always do a small sample first. Love it? Let us know and we’ll come paint your walls, trimmings, moldings, etc.
Ready to play with colors? Start with a central room or front hall, foyer or entryway. Remember, you have to live with this color, so start with a color YOU like, not what someone else likes or has used. Try variations of the colors you like by selecting several shades and hues of a lighter color and a few shades and hues darker.
Once you have selected your set of colors, perhaps select one hue for the kitchen and one for the dining room, and if these are together then use the next adjacent room such as living room. Create a nice flow by selecting a neutral that can be used in both rooms for ceilings and trim; many interior designers will suggest keeping common areas like hallways, landings and connecting spaces neutral in tone.
Also good to know: a small room can seem larger with light colors; a large room will shrink with a darker shade on the walls. You can visually lower a ceiling with a dark color and raise it with a light one.
Choosing a color palette for an open floor plan can be tricky, but just remember -color is a powerful tool for transforming your space. Pick a self-contained wall to paint with an accent color.
We hope this guide helps you pick your color scheme! We understand that having pleasant, vibrant or soothing colors around your home is important. If you have any questions, and for all your Home Improvement needs, do not hesitate to call!