Finding the perfect color scheme for your entire home can seem overwhelming, but if you know what to look for, it can be fun and exciting.
Whether you prefer neutral and earthy or bright and loud tones, colors can change the look and feel of your house. You can choose to make the entire house in one color scheme or give each room a different theme.
Keep reading to learn all about color psychology, choosing the right color palette, and giving your home a fresh new start.
Learn About Color Psychology
Color psychology talks about the meaning and effect colors have on people’s moods, emotions, and decisions. In business and marketing, colors are especially important in sending a message about a brand and are used to help stimulate purchases in customers.
Take for example Coca Cola – a world-known brand whose signature color is red, which signifies excitement and boldness. Dell and HP are two of the most popular computer brands in the world, both using blue as their signature logo color to signify trust and dependability.
Similarly, when choosing a home color palette, bear in mind the meaning and subconscious messages of each color. According to Feng Shui, there are specific colors to use in each room to help bring out a sense of peace, joy, light, love, and harmony.
Define Your Design Style
Before you decide on a color scheme, take some time to define and refine your interior design style.
If you’re not sure what your style is, work with a designer who will help you turn your vision into reality. Look into the home color trends and use Pinterest to find inspiration and create boards of images that fit your style.
As you decorate your home, you’ll start learning about matching, using warm or cool colors, accent walls, and how wall paint can make or break a room.
Make a Plan
If you’re planning on buying a new house, talk to mortgage brokers to help you get a mortgage with the best interest rate. Once you secure your new house, it’s time to start thinking about interior and exterior design. Aside from choosing paint for the walls, you should also decide on a color scheme for your furniture and decor.
If you’re redoing your existing house, make a renovation plan, a budget, and a list of things you need to do and buy. Do you want to redo a part of the house, a few rooms, or the entire home? Do you want a single color scheme throughout the house or a different color theme in each room? Then you can start shopping for supplies, paint, and home decor.
Choose the Main and Secondary Colors
When building a color scheme, you need to define your main and secondary colors. The main colors are the most visible and most significant colors for the walls, decor, and furniture, while secondary colors are complementary colors.
When you choose the main color, bear in mind that you should make all future decisions around it. For instance, if you have an accent wall in a bold color, you don’t want to use the same color on all your furniture as this can be overbearing.
Instead, add a few home decor items and a single piece of furniture featuring the main color so the rest of the room can be more neutral. To find the colors that go together best, use a color wheel where you can make combinations and experiment with different hues and tones.
Do One Room at a Time
Different rooms in the house can have different color themes. For example, the best bedroom color schemes for a cozy, peaceful bedroom perfect for sleeping include purple, red (on accent walls or home decor), brown, grey, blue, and green.
For living rooms, the best colors are beige, green, yellow, terracotta, neutral colors, pastel colors, and light grey. Hallways should be welcoming and bright, so white, grey, beige, and bright yellow work great for smaller spaces.
As you do each room, think about the way you want to feel when you spend time there. For example, when you’re in your home office, you want to feel focused and productive and the best colors for that are blue, red, yellow, green, white, and grey.
The lighting in your home affects the colors you choose and they look in natural or artificial light. For example, if your home has tons of windows and natural light, you can afford to have a darker accent wall that won’t make the room look smaller. You can also install lighting fixtures on accent walls to give the room warmth and style.
On the other hand, if your home doesn’t have a lot of natural light, you can create the illusion of a well-lit home using bright colors. White and light grey walls, white furniture pieces, gold and silver accents, and even bright yellow or red accents can make any room look alive.
Don’t Forget the Exterior
The outside of your home also matters, so make sure to choose exterior home color schemes that’ll make your house beautiful to look at. If you have flowers outside, choose your favorite color and paint the house exterior to match your brightest plants.
Also, repaint the door and windows with a fresh coat and choose tiles and pavers for the walkway to match the rest of the color theme. If you want to install exterior decor items like fountains, gnomes, patio furniture, and plants, try to keep everything in one color scheme with one main and two complementary colors.
Choosing the Right Color Scheme for Your Home Is Easy With These Tips
Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or want to give your house a makeover, these color scheme tips will help you turn each room into a place filled with light and joy.
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