How to choose the best color schemes for your home?

Color schemes have a lot to do with your first impression when you walk into a room. I’m sure you’ve walked into rooms that made you feel warm and comfortable and others that had just the opposite effect.

Choosing colors for the rooms of your home is the first important and sometimes difficult, tasks of home decorating.

Color performs several different functions in a decor. It sets a mood or feeling, adds either depth or richness, and reacts differently under various lighting conditions.

Colors can be chosen as the primary focus of a room, or subtable bring out other characteristics of a room, such as furniture and accents.

Well chosen color schemes consist of three or four colors chosen as the main core of your room. Using more than four main colors will create a room that looks too busy, while using too few will make the room look too uniform and dull.

Keep in mind that this does not mean you can’t have other colors in your room, but the main color schemes for your room should be based on three or four basic colors.

There are several things to take into consideration when picking a color scheme:

  • Pick colors you like and can live with for a extended period of time

Check both natural and artificial lighting for effect on color

  • Check the effect of the color schemes on your room’s size and depth
  • Collect color samples and swatches for fabric and paint. Never use guesswork!

Sounds like a lot? It’s really not that hard. Let’s go into detail about each of these considerations.

When picking your colors, it’s important to choose colors that you like and can live with for a while. Not everyone paints their rooms every year!

How to choose the best color schemes for your home?

A room’s first impression is important and should have a positive impact on your emotions every time you enter it. For example, if you love yellow in various shades, you’ll find a way to weave this color into your theme and the room will have a very positive effect on your mood and emotions.

However, if you really don’t favor blue for a room, entering a room painted blue will have a negative effect and may even turn a good mood into a not-so-good mood.

Choose complementary color schemes. There are many colors that complement one another very well.

Gold is a color that is a great companion for blues, reds, maroon, magenta, green, cream and some orange shades. Cream and beige blend well with almost any color. Many shades of green go well with certain shades of red.

A complementary color can be a color that is completely different than your basic color, or it can be a color of the same base, but a completely different shade.

The idea is to look at the colors side by side to determine whether they looking pleasing together and whether or not they can be incorporated together.

Check the effect that the colors have on the room’s natural and artificial lighting.

The best way to do this is to either paint a 12″X12″ area of your room directly across from a window that gives off natural light, as well as an area that is next to a lamp.

After a couple of days, check the lighting during the day and in the evening to see how the painted area reflects or absorbs the light.

Or, if you don’t want to use your wall, hold up a painted bristol board under each lighting condition and check the effect.

Color can effect the perception of depth and size of a room. The standard thought is that light, warm colors make rooms look larger, and dark, cool colors make rooms look smaller.

How to choose the best color schemes for your home?

This is often true, but not alway. Much depends on the intensity of the paint colors and the faux finish, if any, that is used.

If darker base colors are used, they can be softened by using a contrasting lighter glaze tone that will add size to the room rather than taking away from it.

Using a darker glaze with a light base coat will also increase the perception of size. Richer colors, such as reds and greens, add spaciousness to rooms.

Another very important factor is to use swatches of fabric and paint samples when making final decisions about color schemes. Never guess!

I know this is a standard rule, but it’s important enough to mention again. There are so many different shades and hues of color out there that it’s virtually impossible to make decisions without swatches and samples.

To proceed by memory alone can result in decorating errors and disappointment.