As kids, most of us had a favorite color. Maybe it was blue one week and yellow the next, but when we chose a color as our favorite, we owned it. We wanted to wear it, color with it, and paint our rooms with it if our parents would let us. As adults, however, many of us tend to opt for more neutral, sensible colors in our day-to-day lives, including in our homes. If you’re looking for a way to revitalize your space, it may be time to embrace your inner child and embrace COLOR once more.
If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of choosing a new color scheme for your space, start with a color you love. Forget about trends and go with your gut. Trends will come and go, but your taste is likely to stay relatively the same (at least longer than a passing color fad).
Once you’ve settled on an inspiration color, consider your vision for the room in question. Do you want your redesign to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere? Or do you want something more energizing? Find a great rundown of basic color psychology and how it can affect your moods here. Choosing colors that are close to one another like the blues and teals in the picture above make for a more calm, harmonious room, while choosing contrasting (but hopefully complimentary) colors creates drama and interest.
A good rule of thumb for adding color in your home is the 60-30-10 rule.
60 % dominant color
30 % secondary color
10 % accent color
Think of putting together your color scheme the same way you’d put together a man’s suit. Sixty percent of the outfit is the jacket and slacks. Thirty percent is the shirt. Ten percent is the tie.
Some ways to introduce color in your home:
- PAINT – This is an obvious one, but also one of the most impactful and cost effective. Plus, the possibilities are endless! A great way to add interest to a living or bedroom is to paint an accent wall, or to paint the insides of shelving. For your kitchen, consider giving your cabinets a facelift with a fresh coat of paint in a color of your choice. The laminate shelving and cabinetry we offer comes in a variety of colors, but you can of course paint them any color you’d like! Get creative.
- RUGS – Whether it’s a colorful throw-rug in your bathroom or a large, statement-making carpet in your den, the right rug can dramatically transform the look and feel of your space, in addition to adding texture and interest.
- WINDOW TREATMENTS – If you’ve had standard blinds or plane-Jane curtains for years, consider our shutters or honeycomb shades in a fresh new color.
- ACCESORIES – A few choice nick-nacks, framed photographs, or art pieces can add just the pop of color you’ve been looking for.
- PILLOWS & BLANKETS – The linens and pillows in a room are probably the easiest and most versatile way to add color, and it’s easy to change if you grow tired of it or want to change it with the seasons.
- ACCENT FURNITURE – A reading chair upholstered in a bright, bold pattern or a colorful, lacquered table can add color and life to a space without being overwhelming.
Want to know more about the window treatment and storage options we carry, and how they’ll fit into your new, colorful home?
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