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Color in the Home: Think Like an Interior Designer


The use of color adds energy to a space. This energy can be tranquil and soothing or bright, fun, and social. Designers have some specific tricks and formulas they use in order to choose the right colors for a room. We wanted to share some of these with you today!

Things Interior Designers Consider When Choosing Color

Here are a few of the things that designers take into consideration when choosing a room’s color palette:

1. Lifestyle

How will you be using the room? Will it be a sanctuary to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world, a family-friendly abode, or a place you can use as an office space?

2. Physical Structure

Architectural details all affect a room’s color scheme. Contemporary architectural design is going to look best with cool neutral shades while classic rooms with a lot of wood finishes benefit from warmer hues.

3. Lighting

The lighting in a room matters. Windows that let a lot of daylight into a space will render the most accurate colors. Incandescent lighting naturally creates warm yellow tones. Fluorescent lighting can be harsh with a sharp blue tone. Take this into consideration when choosing what colors will work for your room. We suggest grabbing a few paint swatches at the hardware store and holding them up against the light to see what will look best.

4. Flooring and Color

Tile: If you have tile that is in a neutral white or a light tan shade, go nuts, any color will go with these shades. Maybe your tile is a blue Morrocan trellis print or black and white checkerboard and makes more of a statement, in this case, choose wall colors in a complementary neutral shade.

Carpet: The same rules that apply to tile apply to carpet. If you have carpet that is a neutral tone you will have quite a bit of freedom when it comes to color. If you have statement carpet accenting an area of the room in a bold print or shade, keep colors a bit more subdued and let the carpet have the spotlight.

Hardwood flooring: Hardwood flooring can vary in color from light wood to dark wood, and you do not want to distract from its natural beauty. We suggest you choose lighter shades if you have darker wood. If your home has lighter hardwoods, you have a little more freedom with color, but make sure you are aware of the undertones in the wood grain (yellow, red, etc.) and make sure your chosen colors do not clash with these tones.

The 60-30-10 Rule

When picking colors to paint a room, you must always think about the 60-30-10 rule. Usually, you will paint the walls one color which accounts for 60 percent of the room. The cabinets and faucets, and flooring account for another 30 percent of the room. The remaining 10 percent of the spaces’ colors are going to be accent items such as plants, lights, or artwork. The classic rule of thumb creates a true blend of balance and harmony for any room.

Color Sets the Mood

Recreate a Natural Place in Your Bathroom

Achieving a relaxing space often involves recreating the color scheme of a natural area such as a tropical beach. Greens, blues, and creams are ideal. You can also add plants to window sills or art that contains tropical palms to walls for an even more natural vibe.

The Kitchen is the Hub of the Home

A contemporary kitchen is going to pop with bright colors that denote energy. This room is the hub of the home and a place that sees a lot of socialization. Oranges and reds are great for areas of the home where so much activity takes place. Kitchens are often referred to as a fire room because of all the action they see, but using too much red or orange can become a bit overwhelming. Use small red and orange accent pieces throughout the kitchen area and remember that in Feng Shui the color of orange is believed to increase a person’s appetite!

Bedrooms are Tranquil Places

In the bedroom, you may want to choose cool shades of blue or green to create a sense of relaxation. These colors tend to have a calming effect and make for a soothing environment that a person can escape to. Keep floors cozy with carpet or hardwood. If you do decide to install tile in your bedroom, consider installing a heating element, so floors stay warm when temperatures start to drop.

Picking the perfect colors for the rooms in your home can quickly turn any space from drab to fab. If you have reservations about redoing an entire room, then contact us today!

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