CHOOSING COLORS FOR YOUR HOME

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I have had lots of request from my clients for help with choosing colors for their homes.

 Let's face it we are not born knowing about color. And of course you learned your colors in elementary school but they don't teach how colors interact with each other.

So where do you turn when you are grown and finally are ready to decorate your own home? Your mom, a friend, Pinterest, or Houzz. These are great ways to get ideas. However, you are not really understanding how colors work together or how to choose a color. This is why builder beige is still popular.

A lot of us are petrified to venture into color. If we do we might end up with a house that looks like a rainbow. But following these tips to choosing color inside your home, you will begin to think before just picking a color that you might regret later. 

Follow the tips to choosing color inside your home.


1) Too Many Colors. Don’t use too many colors! It is fantastic to use colors other than white on the walls, don’t get me wrong, but don’t use every color in the rainbow. You will find out

2) Too Bright. This isn’t to say don’t use color. Please do! Just don’t choose the neon colors of the spectrum. You’ll thank me.

3) Buy Yourself in Paint. What? Make sure you pick colors that reflect who you are as a person. Don’t go buying orange when you really wouldn’t wear it, or drive an orange car.

4) Come Up with a Complete Color Scheme. Don’t go out and buy that one color you love and want the walls to be without having all the other colors for your room picked out, such as the trim, ceiling, your rugs, your furniture, etc.

5) Choose the correct sheen. Matte and flat finishes hide wall imperfections, but glossier finishes will reflect more light.

6) Buy Small Amounts At First. When you have settled on a few choices, buy a few small amounts of each color that’s in the running. Paint small squares on the wall in the room you are painting. Let it stay there a few days. Now you get to see it in daylight and at night.

Here are some tips from Sherwin Williams that are helpful choosing colors

RED

• Ceilings: weighty and annoying.

• Walls: advancing and energetic.

• Floors: confident.

PINK

• Ceilings: soft hues delicate and comfortable.

• Walls: complimentary to skin tones when soft or pale.

Dramatic when highly saturated and vivid tones are used.

• Floors: for select and special spaces.

ORANGE

• Ceilings: energizing and advancing.

• Walls: soft peachy tones are warm and glowing. Bright tones

are energetic, burnt orange shades are rich and warm.

• Floors: creates movement.

BROWN

• Ceiling: dark hues are heavy but work in high, open ceilings,

especially to conceal exposed ductwork.

• Walls: mid-tone and dark hues can evoke richness, warmth and

comfort. Soft hues are natural and create a neutral backdrop for

furnishings.

• Floors: implies durability, stability, and reliability.

YELLOW

• Ceiling: light hue, luminous, reflective and glowing.

• Walls: warm if a golden hue.

• Floors: bright hues are distracting and agitating.
 

 

 

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GREEN

• Ceiling: protective (reflection on skin tone can be unattractive).

• Walls: safe, calm, reliable, neutral, yellow based hues create

warmth, blue-based hues tend to be cool.

• Floors: natural up to a certain saturation point (light to dark),

soft, relaxing (if closer to blue-green).

BLUE

• Ceiling: soft shades are cool and heavenly, dark hues give the

illusion of the ceiling advancing.

• Walls: pale to mid-tone shades are soothing, darker hues provide

a dramatic backdrop.

• Floors: movement (darker hues) to effortless movement (lighter

hues).

GRAY

• Ceiling: shaded, creates shadows.

• Walls: bland to neutral, cool and neutral.

• Floors: neutral. Blends into space.

WHITE

• Ceiling: blank - creates lightness, reflects light and reduces

shadows.

• Walls: neutral to empty, clean.

• Floors: intimidating.

BLACK

• Ceiling: heavy but works well for an exposed ceiling with open

duct work.

• Walls: threatening or dramatic.

• Floors: unusual and absorbing. Dark furnishings would get lost

placed directly on this floor color.

If you wish you could just understand color better so that you would feel confident the next time you need to pick a color then I have the solution for you.

Due to the popular demand for help with color I am now offering a class on color theory.  This class will take you from the basics to the ability to create your own color schemes for your home. Choosing color can be so stressful but after learning how colors work together you will be able to create your own color schemes with ease. Go check it out >> Learn to create color schemes for your own home

Some of the things you will learn in the class include:

  • The basics of color theory and terminology

  • Exploring the different types of color schemes

  • How to create a color scheme

  • Foolproof pre-planning

  • Understanding the paint fan

  • My favorite two tools that I use to create color schemes.