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Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

Color is one of the most effective tools in making a design statement. We associate colors with different feelings, and different combinations can conjure different atmospheres.

Using the Color Wheel

Choosing the right color scheme can help us in making decisions regarding the furniture and décor. With a color wheel, determining the colors that match with each other can be made simple. A complementary color scheme makes use of colors opposite each other on the color wheel. When introducing contrast to a room, a complementary color is usually a good choice. Red, for example, goes with green, and blue goes with yellow. The stark contrast can make a room much brighter and livelier. High contrast schemes can enhance the formality.

On the other hand, an analogous color scheme makes use of colors next to each other on the color wheel. Red, for example, is next to orange, and blue is next to violet. These combinations can make a room seem more relaxing and so they ought to be used in bedrooms and other areas where people try to relax.

Drawing Inspiration from Nature

Aside from the color wheel, nature itself can be used as an inspiration. Different shades of orange and brown are reminiscent of autumn, while shades of yellow and blue are evocative of spring. Various hues of blue combined with white are also suggestive of the sky and the sea, while shades of green combined with brown mimic the colors of the trees.

Adding a Bit of Accent

Once you have chosen an assortment of colors to use, try adding a few black elements to enhance them. It can make the other colors pop.  Conversely, to increase the soothing quality of a space, white and beige can also be added.With these few colors in mind, apply the 60-30-10 rule. This suggests having 60% of the main color, 30% of the secondary color and 10% of the accent color.

Testing Out the Colors

At the supply store, see if you can request samples and swatches of the colors you have chosen. Placing these samples in the areas where they would be used can help you make sure that they would look good with the lighting available in the room.

Colors have a great impact on the look of a room and even on the performance of activities within that space. A good scheme can combine a variety of colors and evoke feelings appropriate to the style and function of a room. Drawing inspiration from different tools and the surroundings, choosing the right one can become very easy.

 

 

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Use Color Wisely in your Home – Part 2

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

 

In Part 1, we talked about the color wheel and color selection. Here are some more suggestions to make color work well in your home.

Neutral does not equal beige: Yes, beige is a neutral, but there are many other colors that can play as a neutral in your home. Take a look at a soft shade of lavender or a mushroom-toned off-white. Neutrals balance warm and cool tones and fall into the color background of a room. For example, the blue used in this living room works as a neutral in the space. 

Don’t overload your color palette: While a mixture of colors can be beautiful, too many or the wrong shades together can be disastrous. You might want to start by finding a fabric that offers a good selection of two or three colors and use it as the basis for the color design of your space. 

Avoid over-trendy choices for substantive pieces: You may love the newest bright light purple, but use it as an accent wall color or in throw pillows. Wall colors and accessories can be easily switched out, but when purchasing furniture, choose shades that will stand the test of time.

Understand that lighting changes the look of colors: Something that seems too bright under fluorescent lights will shift in strength and hue under natural or incandescent lighting. Be sure to select and match colors under natural lighting first and see how each color will look in the room during different times of the day.

Finally, for a good idea of colors that you can live with, take a look in your closet. Chances are if you love a shade enough to buy it to wear, you will enjoy it in your home also. With just a little thought, you can take the leap into color and help make your home reflect your style and personality.

 

 

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Blue can also be a neutral color in your room

Use Color Wisely in your Home – Part 1

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Tips

 

Adding color to your home allows you to personalize your space. It does take careful thought, however, to include color wisely. Here are a few suggestions before you dive into color options for your décor. 

Get to know the color wheel: Choosing a color palette can be difficult, but you can set yourself up for success by knowing the basics of the color wheel and how colors work together. A number of Internet sites provide instruction on color wheel basics and it’s worth a review. 

For example, colors that sit directly across from each other on the wheel, such as orange and blue, green and red or yellow and purple, are called complementary colors. Using a complementary color scheme creates an arresting look that can be overwhelming. On the other hand, sticking with similar color choices – next to each other on the color wheel – can quickly become boring.

Use the principle of 60-30-10: Select a dominant color and use it for 60 percent of the color in a room. Use 30 percent – or half as much color – for your secondary color choice. Finally, add accents of a third color for the final 10 percent. For example, you could select red for a dominant color in a dining room, painting the walls and including some red in the rug on the floor. Brown as the secondary color might include the wood floors and a buffet and dining table. For a daring accent choice, use a yellow-orange for the dining chair cushions and table centerpiece. 

It may be tempting to stick with neutrals when decorating, but the careful selection of colors that work for you can help make your home as inviting and welcoming as you are.

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