Choosing the right colors is no kid’s play. By the right colors, what we essentially mean is deciding on a color scheme (a color palette) for your entire home. It will be the theme. It will be the mood. A lot of thought should go into this process. Not many practice giving so much thought unfortunately. Don’t make that mistake. Deciding on a mood and an ambiance is extremely important. You are not going to repaint the house every other week, so make it count.
Here are the tips to choosing the right colors for your house that will give you an in-depth primer to end all your confusions.
1. Don’t ruin your home in the experimental phase
People love to destroy their interior right in the experimental phase. Don’t be childish. Take smaller rooms for experimentation.
2. Understand lighting and its effect on color tones
Different types of lighting affect your house’s colors differently. As a general rule of thumb, remember that natural lighting is the best light. It shows the colors in their exact hue and saturation values. After that, everything artificial thing affects the colors differently.
You get warmer shades (more towards red and yellow) with incandescent lights and cooler shades (more towards blue) with fluorescent lights.
3. Color psychology sets the moods
If you know a tad bit about color psychology, then that’s great. If you don’t, do a bit of research on it. If you want the bedroom to be romantic, go for warmer shades like pink. Warmer shades, however, happen to shrink space while cooler shades seem to make the walls appear receding, thus giving the room a more spacious feel.
4. Think, test, get creative and improve, and repeat
Follow this process to get better results:
- Think before you put colors. What mood do you need? How will lighting affect the room?
- Test before you put colors. Test it on a paper, canvas, anywhere. Test combinations and color mixtures too.
- Get creative and improve on what results you get.
- And, repeat for every room.
5. Decorative finish, textures, patterns, and shaded (layered) colors
Keep these things in mind to arrive at a more beautiful interior composition:
- A decorative finish adds depth and sophistication. So consider a decorative finish instead of flat colors.
- Textures are also a good way, but generally discouraged. Textures are good for certain situations.
- Patterns are more advanced and hard to arrive at. If you can get perfect patterns, then you can enhance the look of your house and make your rooms more useful and appealing visually.
- Shaded colors are a good optical treat. Use a dark shade at a core pillar, then use a lighter shade for a same width region after it, then even lighter, and so on.
6. Be modern, bold, and expressive
- Don’t go for traditional looks and color combinations. Be modern.
- Don’t be afraid to put up something that’s not conventional. It’s your house.
- Be expressive. Every color sets a mood. And every mood in a room tells a story. Make sure you exploit the expressive nature of colors to the full extent.