Repainting your room or choosing the right colors for your home is the first step in making a refreshing change. Needless to say, painting doesn’t cost a fortune, but it is very likely that it will increase the price of your home if you decide to sell it someday.
Then how do you choose the right colors for your home? The answer depends on many relevant factors. To help you decide, we’ve put together tips on how to choose the best color and transform your home into the cozy haven you’ve always wanted.
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Inspiration is the breaking point in deciding how to choose the color for your interior. All ideas are important, and you can create your own scheme, including all of your favorite tones and tones: the color that reminds you of your childhood, the color of your eyes, the color that cancels that tropical feeling that left after the last in Vacation remains in your heart.
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One thing to remember is to consider common color denominators. Would you like a specific color in different colors? Should it be light or muted?
You will be amazed at what your creativity has to offer and you will soon have a short and clear list of the colors you want to use.
Try it first
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Even if you think this is the most wonderful color in the world, you never know how it will go with the style that you have already implemented.
Not sure, it’s always better to take a small first step and experiment with a single room or even a single wall. By space we mean rooms with a less receptive character, such as small halls or toilets.
An accent wall is the most suitable idea there too. This technique is good for seeing what the results of all your painting would look like, and once you are happy with what you see, you’ll move on quickly. Indeed, painting your home is an adventure!
Think about what you already have
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If you are unsure which color to choose, think about the “hidden incentives” your space offers: the carpets, curtains, floors or upholstery will indicate which color suits you best.
If the house is not furnished at all, leave the painting for the final colors numerous and easy to change, which is not the case with the only carpet that really gets your attention.
The role of furniture is also enormous and can sometimes be decisive.
Remember, you don’t have the money or time to redecorate every year, and that’s why you need to choose a coordinating color that won’t break harmony. Why should you throw away the furniture you have chosen for so long? It doesn’t make any sense at all!
The three main rules
- Nobody said to use a single color, but if you want more let the max number be three. Second, consider whether these colors go well with each other: for example, if you’ve picked two bold colors, let the third be neutral to calm the place down.
- When choosing colors, make the boldest your first choice. You have to find neutrals that match this, not the other way around.
- Be brave and experiment! Color is not something you invest in once and it can be changed very easily!
Look at the color wheel
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Become an Expert! Take a close look at the standard color wheel and learn how color combinations work to help you choose the best palette for your home.
Familiarize yourself with primary, secondary, and tertiary colors and the ways you can make them work together.
Get familiar with topics
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The ‘color vocabulary’ should become child’s play for you! It’s good to have professional advice, but advice is worthless without proper explanation:
- The term hue is used for colors. Red can be a shade, blue can be a shade, any other color can be a shade.
- The shades are divided into light and dark shades.
- The saturation, for example, represents the degree of dominance of a color tone, while red slowly moves towards pink, it becomes less dominant.
- The intensity defines whether a color is brilliant or not. Pure hues like red are obviously more intense than combinations of two or more colors. The dominant shade is usually the most intense.
Warm against cold
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The basic way to distinguish colors is to put them in the “warm” or “cold” column. As warm colors, they have red, orange, pink, and often yellow, while the cool ones are blue, green, and purple.
Each color has a special effect on moods and feelings, and this can be your primary guide in giving your space the mood it deserves.
Colors in the service of intimacy
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If you think your space looks cave-like, bring the walls closer together with warm and cozy colors. Red is a good choice because it is strong and dark and it absorbs light perfectly.
When you’re dealing with an opposite case, namely a darker and smaller room, choose cool and muted tones to make the place feel airy and spacious.
Watch out for the flow
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Have you ever liked a place where all the rooms were painted different colors? Most people don’t, especially in open floor plans that are piled with lots of inconsistent colors.
If you have an open plan yourself, use only one color for the entire room. Other colors are allowed, but only as small accents.
Look at the mood
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Colors have a lot to do with mood, especially when used to enhance the atmosphere of a room.
The most common choice for a homely and serene setting is teal and green, while the warmer counterparts do a great job with playrooms and interactive spaces.
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Colors don’t always look the same. Their appearance depends on position and placement. With the exception of blue, red and yellow, all other colors are mixed. For example, if you put an oriental rug in front of a white wall, the wall can take on pink undertones!
The thing about overtones is that they can’t be predicted, at least not in time. Even so, you can go to a paint shop and consult the clerk. They may be able to help you deal with these issues.
Don’t underestimate the lighting
In fact, most paint shops offer light boxes to test their paint chips before buying:
- The truest color is visible in daylight
- Incandescent lamps cause colors to take on yellow and other warm tones
- Fluorescent lights usually cause sharp blues on any color.
Therefore, if you use a strong color over large windows, it will look even bolder and more dominant. However, when you apply it in a room with incandescent lamps, it looks just perfect.
Colors in the service of spaciousness
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Owners of rooms with space problems should consider light, neutral and pastel tones for their walls (cream, white, beige) or a lighter tone of a cool color (either green or blue).
Both tactics are used to make the room appear larger than it actually is, as the above colors reflect light. A mistake that should be avoided is the high-contrast painting of ornaments – they must also remain neutral, otherwise the visual expansion makes no sense!
White and similar colors are also suitable for visually “lifting” ceilings. However, ceilings are a bit specific as you can have them darker too and suit the lifting purpose by adding a high gloss color sheen.
Interesting trim solutions
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Most of us would stay on the safe side, adding neutral colors to windows, moldings, and doors to match our calm color schemes.
If you’re not ready to experiment, just apply a slightly darker shade of the paint you used for the walls. However, if you are feeling adventurous and want to make the place stand out, dark hues are an excellent idea for you.
Cover up the flaws
Remember that imperfections and unsightly items will look more noticeable when covered in dark colors. If you’re trying to hide them, use a low-contrast palette.
Flat and low-gloss colors are great for wall imperfections. You should choose them over high-gloss colors that reflect light and draw attention to irregularities and uneven surfaces.
The safe side: Neutral
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Neutrals are good because they blend with any color, and designers recommend them to play on the safe side.
They will make it clear that neutrals are the only acceptable choice for a relaxing home, and they will suggest wherever there is a chance the house will be sold (obviously, potential owners are always looking for a place that can adapt to their furniture). .
Keep shopping notes
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If you are buying paint, take a card and write down the name of the business. It’s even better to have the contact information printed out.
This has the advantage that you can always come back and ask for the same color. Even if you just bought a sample, you wanted to give it a try. Stores usually sell all paint types and colors, and you need to memorize the exact name / number of the one you liked the most.