Selecting the Best Color for Your Home
You don’t need to study Da Vinci’s color theories to be able to choose the perfect color. But if you did, you’d learn all about color harmony, tints and shade, warm vs cool colors. All of these lengthy explanations would fill your head with minute details that your brain already knows. Your brain knows a room with a dark ceiling feels like a cave. Just as it knows a room with few contrasting colors feels larger than others. There are so many details, at times choosing the best color can seems like an unattainable goal.
The paint rack at the store is clear evidence of this. It’s great to have so many options, but at the same time how is one to narrow down the choices; the sheer number of options is overwhelming.
So start yourself of right and forget the paint rack. Although it might be fun to browse through the Sherwin Williams Jungle, that journey can lead to more confusion.
Instead, start your color journey in your home. Imagine what you want the space to look like when you’re done. Think of the mood and the atmosphere you want to create. The colors you choose will have an emotional effect on you every time you see them.
Colors: Interior Design 101
Colors are either active, passive or neutral to your emotions. The color red is the most bold. Many know that it is a color which symbolizes anger but, in the home, it builds up excitement especially when seen for the first time. Yellow is usually associated with sunshine and happiness. However, in the home too much yellow can have the opposite effect. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in rooms with too much yellow. And believe it or not, babies cry more often when they are in yellow rooms. Blue hues can create the opposing reaction. Blue colors are relaxing and have a calming effect when used as the main color scheme. But dark blues tend to make people feel sad, so stick to lighter shades.
When choosing a color look at the other finishes in the room. What color is the floor, the counter, the cabinets? These details will help you find a complementary hue.
Lighting will also play a key role in your color choice. Natural light shows the color in its true form while incandescent light draws out yellow tones. If your room is lit with fluorescent bulbs then the hue will appear more blue. Strong colors might be overwhelming when used in rooms with a lot of natural light, but they serve as good colors for accent walls in areas that are lit artificially.
Another factor to consider is room size. If you are working with a small room that needs to appear larger you’ll want to use lighter colors. White, pastel and cool colors help to open up a room. A white ceiling draws the eye up making the room feel larger. You should also use a monochromatic theme because contrast makes the room appear smaller.
On the other hand using warm colors will make a large room feel smaller. Warm colors tend to absorb light making the room darker and tricking the brain into thinking the room is smaller than it actually is.
You should also think about how to camouflage unsightly features. You can help hide ugly elements, such as a radiator or an air conditioning unit, by choosing paint colors with the same hue. Similar paint colors will make the item disappear into the wall. If your walls have flaws then you will want to use flat paint. High gloss paint reflects light and draws the eye to uneven surfaces.
Start with the Colors You Like
A color wheel can give the mind a fresh perspective as well. Start with a color you love and see how different colors relate to each other. This little tool can help you create a whole new palette for your room.
Finally, if you’re still unsure, natural hues are a fail-safe choice. They are easy to work with and are more forgiving than more vibrant colors. You can never go wrong with white. An obvious choice? Yes. But it’s a safe one.
These are just a few tips to help you navigate the endless ocean of options. But in the end, you should simply choose colors that make you happy, colors you enjoy. Your home should be your place of refuge and relaxation, therefore, your opinion is the only one that truly matters.