How To Choose The Right Color For Your Home

Color can create flow, bring out character, direct traffic or highlight architectural details. Color can draw people to gathering spots or add a sense of tranquility to spaces. Color is truly a powerful tool. Architectural color is the one of the most exciting pieces of the remodeling process, allowing homeowners to express their personality and set the stage for their favorite furnishings.

Your home designer may suggest your start with the rug you plan use in the room, or a favorite object that is central to the heart of your home. Maybe it is as simple as to take a pillow from the sofa, or off the master bed, or a color-rich-anything that appeals to you. Discus the colors you love most in that object and why, and you have a strong beginning point. If you come up with three colors, one of the three will become your wall color and the other two can be used either in secondary paint applications or as you accessories the room.

Choosing Subtle Or Neutral Colors

For subtle emphasis, yet with a strong finished look, designers have often painted the molding of doorways just a shade or two lighter or darker than the primary color on the walls. It doesn’t take much of a subtle shift in color to pull the viewer’s eye to enjoy the detail,” Adding a slight shimmer with a metallic glaze to top off an existing painted element, like a ceiling medallion, is another way to feature color and draw the eye up. Rich copper or bronze tones are often used to create a very translucent look to showcase an architectural feature.

Colors Choices That Go Bold

For the homeowner who chooses to go more daring, try using two different colors in the same room. For example, paint a built-out window or sitting niche a shade of warm ambered orange in a room with red walls, which will frame the room’s view or highlight the inside of a recessed area. One option often used in a smaller home to extend space is to use the same color or slight variations from room to from, which provides continuity.

White and off-white have been the traditional choices for molding, windows, and doors, they certainly don’t have to be. Color is consistent in only one thing: that it is ever changing. Light, space and other colors in proximity constantly change how color is viewed. Color is exciting because it is always moving, adding a sense of depth and focus to living and work spaces. The process of choosing color is an exciting endeavor, from your first imaginations to applying the paint to on the wall or ceiling, and seeing what it actually does to the room.

Color Choosing Tips and Things to Remember

Light colors will absorb color from outside. For example a white wall can appear greenish with the reflective light from a tree or lawn outside, or it can go blue if there is a bright blue house next door. When the sunset’s, you can anticipate the deeper shades of red an orange. Darker colors lend themselves to creating a sense of coziness or a more personal feel. You may be surprised how much color plays into the overall success of your home renovation.

Lights Influence On Color

One beauty of color’s character is that it is constantly changing as the light changes during seasons and times during the day. Daylight, fluorescent light, and incandescent light all will make the color look different. The color will also change from wall to wall and room to room, pending on how the light hits it. Don’t rush the process of deciding. The best way to find a color you can live with is to paint a swatch on the wall and live with it for at least 24 to 48 hours so you can see it in natural and artificial light. It is best to take a day to see how the room’s light transitions throughout out the day to make sure your are pleased with each effect.

Color On The Ceiling

Ceilings can be an interesting canvas for color. The typical eye may not expect it and therefore, may find the fun of the unexpected surprise appealing and well chosen. Though sticking to “ceiling white” generally dresses a room in an airy feel, a similar effect can be achieved by painting the ceiling a lighter shade of the wall color. There is no design law to follow with ceilings; your designer may choose to make a statement that flaunts the home’s strengths and makes it uniquely yours. Dining rooms, bedrooms, half baths, and cloak rooms are perfect for venturing into a stronger color on the ceiling for personality and perhaps some drama.

Custom tailoring your home’s color palette to be the most appropriate and effective for your style of living is a big part of any home remodel. You can always update the color later, so enjoy the process of choosing the right color for your home and make it truly yours.