Choosing the Right Color for Your Home

Blue bedroom

Choosing the right color for a room in your home can be a difficult decision. There are so many options to choose from, and whatever color you select, you will likely have to live with it every day for quite some time. But with some advance knowledge and careful preparation, you can make a decision that will please you and your family for years to come. Here are some tips to help you choose the right color for your room.

•   Color affects and reflects your emotions, and can change your mood. So pick a color that fits with your personality, or those of your family. Try using more than two colors, selecting colors that complement each other. Create balance by combining warm and cool colors, or try two complementary shades of the same color.

•   Take into account the colors already in other features of the room. If there is paneling, carpet, or tile that will remain after your repainting, choose colors that won’t clash with what you are keeping.

•   Color can also make rooms look larger or smaller. Darker colors make rooms look smaller or cozier, while lighter colors can make them look larger and airier.

Knowing color basics can help you make a good decision. For a relaxing and restful feeling, choose cool colors like blue and green. Cool colors work well in bedrooms. Hot colors –yellow, red, and orange – work well in living areas, such as playrooms and kitchens. Here are some things to consider in choosing the colors right for you.

Color Basics

•   Blue is a very relaxed color, so it’s frequently used in bedrooms. Blue shades are extremely effective in a room with a great deal of natural light, and also works very well with wooden floors or trim. You might try combining two or more shades of blue. Painting one wall a dark blue, with the other walls a very light blue, will make the room appear larger. Teal blue looks awesome with white and yellow.

•   Green reminds us of nature. Dark shades of green work well where there’s a great deal of natural light, while light shades work well to brighten a room with little or no natural light and make it appear roomier. Two or more shades or variations of green can create a really fresh look. Greens are suitable for any living area.

•   Yellow is probably the happiest color in the color wheel. Yellow creates a sense of freedom, energy, and happiness. It is very versatile, and works well with most colors of flooring and almost any lighting. Kitchens are an ideal place to use yellow. If you like yellow, but are hesitant about a bright yellow, choose a white with a very light yellow tint, to help create the impression of a sunlit room.

•   Red is definitely a hot color, and a very original choice. It’s associated with pride, strength, and confidence, and can make a room feel much larger. Since it is so stimulating, it is best not to use red in bedrooms, which should be a little more relaxing. If you decide to use red, try painting one wall red and the others a neutral color; it pairs well with gray or beige.

•   Pink is generally thought mainly to be for girls’ rooms, but you don’t have to limit it to just your daughter’s room. A friendly and fun color, it creates a relaxed and calm feeling, and makes a room appear airy and larger. Although using it in major living areas is unusual, consider it for a sunroom or sitting room.

•   Purple is a warm color which always looks rich and glamorous, though it can make a room look smaller. Purple pairs well with pink, light blue, or gold. It is especially effective in major living areas and bedrooms.

If you can’t find a color with which you feel comfortable, consider neutral colors like beige, white, and gray. This can be both a safe and elegant choice. Neutral colors look classy and simple, and make it possible to change the look of the room simply by changing the color of room accessories.

Brown kitchen

Even with neutral colors, you may have more choices than you realize Whites can be creamy or stark, gray can have a blue or purple tint, and beige tones have a lot of variety. Beige and gray can be either dark or light. It’s probably a good idea to avoid using black, which can be very depressing (if black’s for you, for a striking look use it as an accent, or for molding and doors, along with grey, dark blue, and silver.

Think of the colors you and your family really love, then choose shades of those colors to paint the rooms in your home, to create an environment everyone enjoys. Remember, changing the personality and feel of your room can be as simple as changing its color, so don’t hesitate to try something unique, bold, and daring.