It’s ironic how you can picture every aspect of your dream house in under 5 minutes, but take days to come up with a suitable color palette. Well, choosing colors is not as easy as most people often imagine.
It takes a lot of planning and tact in order to get the best theme for your home. Now, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Why do you need to get the colors right? Or, better yet; what makes colors special?
Think about it for a second: How beautiful is a world without colors? Imagine being able to see only two colors – black and white. Life would suck, right? In fact, life wouldn’t feel meaningful anymore. The thing about colors is that these are more than what meets the eye.
Colors dictate the mood, beauty, and space in your home!
It is true that, sometimes, colors can trick you into thinking that a room is spacious or compact. The right palette can make your home feel warm and cozy, lively, serene, and so on. That’s the beauty of carefully picking the right colors, rather than doing it randomly.
If you would like to know how to choose the right colors, here are a few tips and tricks to help you pick a perfect color palette for your home.
Choosing the Perfect Color Palette for Your Home
It’s true that choosing the right colors may be difficult; and in an effort to help you put this age-old issue to rest, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks you can use to simplify the whole choosing process.
Establish a bold base color first.
The first step is to determine where you are going to begin; what is your starting point? At this point, you’ll need to make a few considerations regarding the content of your home.
Picking a base color is always easy if you have yet to design the more permanent elements or buy household items including furniture. That’s because it allows you to choose a color and then buy items that blend in seamlessly with it.
However, if you already have these items, you will have to take them into consideration before choosing the base color. This means that you need to come up with a color palette that gracefully harmonizes with all the elements and items in the room that can’t be altered or disposed of.
Some of these elements include exposed bricks, fireplaces, flooring, and window frames just to mention a few.
There are so many ways to choose a base color. You can decide to start with your favorite color and build up from there, or you can get inspiration from other items. In most cases, the best place to find stunning color palettes is nature.
Take a walk, visit a park, and take note of how natural colors fit together to form beautiful and calming scenery. If nature gives you too many palettes (like a Google Search), you can always borrow ideas from your best garments, pieces of art, or season.
Choose two or three complementary colors.
When you have your base color, the next step is to choose a complementary one. These colors are often closely related to the base color with only minor differences in hue. However, you should also note that colors are often grouped into two – warm and cool.
Warm colors comprise yellow, orange and red; while cool colors are blue, blue-green and purple. The perfect blend comes from choosing colors that fall within the same group. This means that a red-themed wall can be complemented by yellow and orange-colored items.
After you have your base and complementary colors, it’s time to choose the undertones. An undertone is a neutral color that can blend easily into any color palette. White is a good example of an undertone.
Get the ratios right.
Regardless of how awesome your taste in color is, if you don’t get the ratios right, you may not get the best out of it. Obviously, random proportions of the colors may cause confusion.
Therefore, you need to ensure the amount of each color is enough to arouse interest without causing dismay. Interior designers often recommend a 6:3:1 ratio; with the 6 (60%) being the main color, 3 (30%) being the complementary colors, and 1 (10%) being the undertones.
Factor-in other important aspects of your home.
This includes things like lighting, extended spaces, staircases, patios, and color gradients. Imagine how the palette looks like at night when you turn the lights on. Is the space too bright or too dull?
Also, for rooms that extend into other rooms, you need to make sure that the color theme blends smoothly if the other room has different shades.
When planning a room’s color palette, the best practices involve having a dark-to-light vertical gradient. This means having a dark floor, a medium-colored wall, and a bright ceiling.
If all this feels like rocket science, go for failsafe trick palettes.
Fail-safe color palettes are combinations that always fit into any forms of décor with ease. The most common palette is the “Black and White” combo. Despite its simplicity, black and white themes have a reputation for exhibiting elegance, style with a little bit of contrast.
Another great failsafe color palette is Gray. Yes, if coming up with a color theme becomes too hard, you can always go the “50 Shades of Gray” way; in this case, the palette, not the movie! Gray has unique qualities that allow it to blend into any palette regardless of grouping, shading, or décor.
There you have it; a brief yet insightful guide to picking an impressive color palette. With these tips and tricks, getting a perfect color theme for your home will be as easy as a-b-c!
The following article was provided by Granite Foundation Repair, a local foundation repair company servicing the DFW area.