What distinguishes a plain room from a striking place is the selection of color and décor. But since we talk about décor all the time, let’s talk about color today!
Color is one of the core elements of your apartment, it brings the elements of your décor together to create the perfect place you’ll call home. Something as personal as color does not need to adhere with the principles of design or the color palette. The colors you choose need to make you feel comfortable and we are not here to set guidelines but give your thoughts some direction.
Steps you can take to choose the perfect color scheme for your home
Find your Inspiration
Trying to figure out your colors on the go would be a really confusing process which is why having inspiration is the best way to start your plan. Your inspiration could be anything. Inspiration can be derived from natural elements and seasons, textures and landscapes. If you’re intrigued by the autumn, you can choose orange and brown shades. If you are inspired by beaches, lakes, surfing, or anything related to water, you can think along shades of blue and green. Basically once you choose an inspiration you move to a certain section of the color wheel/palette. Your inspiration also gives you direction towards how you want to decorate your space. Depending on the texture of the inspiration, you can choose from wallpapers, paint, tile, etc. It’ll also give you direction towards how to use light to draw the best results from your color choices.
Frame your space
Before you go ahead and choose your colors, think of the aesthetics of your apartment. Frame all the décor and furniture. Do this before choosing the color so that you choose furniture and décor as per your liking without the constraint of it going well with your wall colors. Doing this will let you create the perfect space with everything you want, the way you want.
If you are redoing your space and are not choosing new home décor, then you might want to go through your things and donate or get rid of everything you do not want or wish to replace. Then rearrange and frame everything the way you want to - move cabinets, showcases or change the carpets to transform the look. This’ll help you give a fresh look to your home.
Create your color scheme
Now that you have framed your furniture and décor, you can move ahead and choose colors that align with your inspiration, furniture and décor. Here are some key points you should keep in mind while choosing your colors:
- Color Tones: Test out your color tones. You can easily get any color in sample size to try out how your tones go together. Try making a model of your room on paper and try out the tones. If they work on paper, try them on small patches on your wall. Look at other rooms and how they connect when painting sample sections so you can create a flow from room to room and the colors complement each other. If it looks good, then Voila!
- The Lighting: How external and internal lights reflect off the surfaces of your home plays a very important role in the overall look and feel of your home. Lighting is an essential part of any home's décor and function, and it should never be disregarded. Throughout the day, light reflects and deflects color, continually changing it. The truest colors in a room are those seen during daylight hours, and the hues will fluctuate as the lighting varies throughout the day and seasons. Changing the lighting can also alter the look of color. Indigo, for example, can appear bluer in one environment but redder in another.
- Separate Upstairs from Downstairs: Both the upstairs and downstairs should be viewed as different entities. Because the upstairs is usually made up of bedrooms which may have extremely diverse colors and contrasts, it's preferable to paint your lobby or hallway a light color. Bright and vibrant colors are common in children's rooms. Guestrooms and home offices are less likely to be colorful If your master bedroom is connected to a master bathroom, you don't have to paint both rooms the same color; instead, consider using various tones of the same color - perhaps one room is somewhat lighter than the other. Because the two are linked, there should be some sort of flow.
Last but not the least, color selection can be a tiring and confusing process. Filling your home with color is something that requires a little bit of thinking but a lot of commitment. Never choose a color in haste because the wrong colors would completely flip the look of your home from what you might have imagined.
Coloring your walls is not the only way you can add a dash of color in your home. You can also do the same by adding some wall art or hanging a tapestry. Other ways to bring in some color and texture to your home is using lights and lamps. Throwing in some cool rugs and plants and you have just made your home pop.
Remember, your home is your safe space and should comfort you so always trust your gut!