How to Use Color in Your Home

Color definitely effects how we feel, has a direct influence on our efficiency, and our ability to relax. It also has a indirect influence on our personality. Color has a major influence on our state of well being. Luckily our home is our pallet and we can choose colors we love and enjoy living with. Any colors you love can be incorporated into your home.

One of the most common mistakes of decorating is creating several different color schemes in neighboring rooms without understanding how one color effects another. Color makes an impact even in neutral settings. Several rooms which feature completely different color pallets will have an unsettling effect, even if there are doors and walls between them. That’s not to say you can’t use different colors, but before you start decorating a room, take into account how the color relates to the rest of the house.

Remember the color you choose will change according to the time of the year. The quality of light from the sun can alter a room drastically. This is especially true of west facing rooms, where the windows will be dark by late afternoon in winter and flooded by sunshine late into evening in summer. The same applies to eastern facing rooms. North and south facing rooms will not change as drastically but should still be taken into account as trees or buildings might block sunlight.

Cover of Color in Your Home

Experiment, when choosing colors dab test paint and pin sample wallpaper and fabric on neutral board to see how they look together. Don’t be afraid to try what you like, but check it out, be sure your color scheme works, and don’t make expensive mistakes. Color can raise or lower ceilings. It can make the same space airy or cramped. To have the sense of openness, use the same color for walls and carpets of rooms, for a sense of distance and separation, choose contrasting colors. In any case, you might want to choose a signature color and make sure it’s used as a connecting thread someway throughout the house.

All shades of colors have a base. Primary red does not have any other color added to it. nor does primary blue or yellow. However, the majority of paints contain secondary tints and shades. So, be clear about what you are selecting. The base note can differ from the surface color. A light beige with a blue base will give a different effect than a light beige with a yellow base. Foreground colors includes sofas, tables, chairs, rugs, curtains, and blinds. They need to harmonize with the base colors.

Color accents are colors which enliven the room. They can be lampshades, cushions, baseboards, photographs, found objects, wall hangings and table settings. Color accents will introduce energy and interest. Purple accents will glamorize a yellow based room. Red will bring energy to a green room. Charcoal gray will add sophistication to a yellow color scheme and soften the look of a predominately red room.

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12.09.13

wow! nice share

12.09.13

Interesting topic. Colors affect one’s mood. We have to choose well.

12.09.13

There is so much more to consider than just buying a color that catches a person’s interest. Excellent information.

12.09.13

Useful information. I love the blue and the feeling of tranquility and ease. Our house is painted a very light grasshopper green outside and inside its a mixture of tangerines red and beige color schemes. My wife and I are updating for the holidays

Easier said than done when you move into an older house and just never seem to have time to redo things, but yes you are right it looks better of coordinated well.

12.09.13

Useful tips ruby. But then, my mom’s in charge when it comes to renovation. Maybe I’ll get my chance when I have a home of my own. Nice share.

12.09.13

I agree with you.

12.09.13

very usefull article..

12.09.13

Very nice. Thank you.

12.09.13

Very interesting to read. Colours also affect the karma of a home.

12.09.13

I agree Ruby, colors do effect how we feel, which is why I always choose colors that make me feel good. Excellent share!!

12.09.13

I love color in my home. My living room and family room are a warm beige with the kitchen a warm carmel color with hunter green. Now my bedrooms are all different colors.

12.09.13

Excellent and helpful share.

Very good article! My room used to be pink but now my room is peach with terra cotta color rug. It goes perfectly with the wall, even the men who installed the rug said it went perfectly!

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