Whether you want to spruce up a tired room or to design an entirely new look for the whole house, getting the color scheme right is the first and most essential step. Creating a home atmosphere that is both comfortable and appealing requires thoughtful choices and some basic knowledge of the theory of color. A standard decorator's color wheel can be a huge help.
Since you will want your home to have some sense of consistency and flow, start with three or four bold colors and then narrow the choice down to your favorite two. If you are having a problem getting started, check out your own wardrobe. Do you spot any trends? Perhaps you see more sedate navy blues, cheery reds, warm browns, or soft pastels.
If the wardrobe does not present any answers, look around your home at pieces of art, patterned rugs and furniture, or floral arrangements. Chances are, you already own something whose color combination appeals to you. Check in magazines and online for sample styles and room designs. By collecting your favorites in a scrapbook, you should begin to see your own personal tastes emerge.
Don't be afraid of color. The wonderful thing about paint is that it can be a relatively inexpensive change-out. However, to avoid big, unwanted makeovers, consider the following interior color palette tips:
Although Pantone chose the color Emerald as the color for 2013, interior decorators have been using an abundance of soft oranges, poppy reds, and variations of yellow this year. Sherwin-Williams' Kumquat, Behr's Mesa Sunrise, and Valspar's Sweet Melon are being featured in every room of the house, including the kitchen and the bedroom. Benjamin Moore's Poppy Red and Kelly's Salsa del Sol are powerful enough to create an impressive focal wall or to wake up a sleepy space. Mythic's soft Lemon Leaf and Valspar's delicate Lemon Twist can be lovely neutrals.
The bottom line is: Keep your interior color palette true to your personal tastes. If you are unsure, use a color wheel to help weave in appropriate accents. When your friends recognize your personality and interests in your new design, they will love what you have done, even if your color choices may be non-traditional.
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