Wednesday, October 11, 2017

8 steps to choosing a color palette for your home

Painting a room can seem like a daunting prospect. Because there are so many colors to choose from, homeowners tend to be confused about where to start. This makes it difficult to pick a color palette for your whole house. 

When it comes to choosing a color palette for your entire home, you need to look at the colors you cannot get rid of in your house. That means looking at fixtures, fittings, and furniture.

The good news is that picking a paint color isn't as difficult as you might think, and the end result is a home you will love spending time in. After all, the right paint scheme can bring your home to life.

Here are shares eight steps to choosing the right color palette…

1. Look at your fixed colours  

The number one mistake that people make when picking a color for their home is settling on their favorite color first.

Loving the color you pick is important but when it comes to choosing a color palette for your entire home, you need to look at the colors you cannot get rid of in your house. That means looking at fixtures, fittings, and furniture.  

Most people don't have the budget to replace all their furniture when they redecorate, so look at what is staying in your home, and make sure you choose colors that fit well with it.  

2. Choose a main color you love  

Now that you know what you're working with, it's time to choose your main color.

Whatever you choose, make sure it's a color you love to look at. You can decide when to use saturated hues and when to stay neutral later.

Whatever main color you choose, make sure it's a color you love to look at. 

Keep in mind your fixed colors from step one and choose a main color that reflects at least some of those hues to create a polished look.  

3. Decide on your palette type   

Now that you know what your main color will be, it's time to decide on your color palette. There are three kinds you can choose from:  

Monochromatic - all the colors you choose will be varying tones of your main color. This is a good choice if you want a neutral, calming effect.

Harmonious – you'll choose colors that are next to your primary color on the color wheel. For example, yellow to go with green, or purple to go with blue. This is a good choice if you want a warm, welcoming look with a touch of extra color.

Complementary – you'll choose colors that are opposite your primary color on the color wheel. For example, orange to go with blue or green to go with red.  

4. Pick a white  

Use your white paint for door frames, skirting boards and ceilings to keep any color scheme looking fresh and clean.

Not all white hues are created equal. White paint is available in a wide range of tones, from warm peach toned white to cool blueish white, and everything in between. The tone of your white should match your main color.  

Use your white paint for door frames, skirting boards and ceilings to keep any color scheme looking fresh and clean.  

5. Choose a neutral   

A neutral color is a smart choice for hallways as it connects the space and open areas.

Using more restful tones to connect different areas creates a gentle transition between the colors of individual rooms. Make sure your neutral is a gentler shade of your main color to give your home a sense of cohesion.  

6. Decide where to be bold  

Now you're armed with your main color, your white and neutral, and you know what kind of palette you want. Your home’s color palette is really coming together. The next stage is to decide where you want to be bold with your color.       

Use your accent color sparingly, perhaps on a single wall or door, on a cabinet or trim. An accent will add interest to your overall color scheme.

A bold color is usually a particularly bright, dark or saturated tone of your main color.

Say, for example, your main color is blue. Your bold color might be a deep navy or a vibrant cerulean. You can paint a whole room in your bold color, or keep it to one or two walls.

Your bold color doesn't have to be vivid if that's not your taste. A darker or lighter shade of your main color will work well as a bold choice too. 

7. Add an accent color  

Once you have your overall palette planned out, the final stage is to choose your accent color. An accent color can be a noticeably different shade of your main color such as a light sea teal if your main color is a saturated teal. It could even be a different color altogether like a vivid orange against a blue color palette.

Use your accent color sparingly, perhaps on a single wall or door, on a cabinet or trim. An accent will add interest to your overall color scheme.  

8. Bring it all together 

Following the seven steps above will give you a palette consisting of a main color, one white, one neutral and one accent. You'll also be working in two or three shades of your main color, from bold to a more restful hue, depending on your taste.  

Map out your home. Choose neutrals for open and connecting areas. Decide where you want to be bold and where you want to use lighter shades of your main color, and think about where to place your accents.

You might like to bring home some swatches and tester pots so you can see what your chosen colors look like together. This will give you a color scheme that you can use to make any future decorating decisions, and a clear idea of what your home will look like.

All that's left to do is choose a room to start with and get ready to transform your house into a beautifully put together home.

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