Home Decorating Colors
by Giorgina Devereaux
You wouldn’t believe what adding home
decorating colors can
do for a room...
They can transform a room that is boring into an amazingly lovely space. Don’t be
This is your chance to explore different colors and see
which you believe will give your room that desired effect.
The right color can set the right mood and change the overall look and feel of
your surroundings, and thus, the overall look and feel of your guests.
Finding the right colors takes a lot of tweaking, but with the beauty of
software and interactive tools online, it's much easier to find the desired
color without as much trial and error as when we were kids.
A helpful way to figure out which
ones will best coordinate is by familiarizing yourself with the Color
Wheel, which consists of primary and secondary colors.
It is simple and works
Home Decorating Color SchemesThe primary home decorating colors are:
Secondary home decorating colors include:
orange, violet, and green
by mixing two primaries in
equal amounts, such as red and yellow, you get orange; yellow and blue to
get green; red and blue to get violet
Secondary colors are also known as
complementary colors because they sit opposite the primary colors on the Color
The three complementary home
red and green, yellow and violet,
blue and orange
these colors always go well with
one another, hence the word, "complementary"
Complementary colors are important
because when placed next to each other, they make one another appear brighter
and add intensity. These color schemes are used in every area of our lives.
During the holidays, red and green are in unison.
The use of a red ribbon on a wreath makes for a beautiful combination.
Renaissance painters utilized gold on a blue background, making the two very
Moreover, if you mix one primary and
one secondary color or two secondary colors, the result is a tertiary color.
However, tertiary used to refer to neutral colors, such as browns and grays.
The tertiary home decorating colors are:
red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green
Lastly, warm home decorating colors are:
Cool home decorating colors are:
blue, green, and violet.
They bring to mind water, grass, and plants.
blue is sometimes used in
bedrooms because it has a calming effect and aids in sleeping
The neutral home decorating colors are:
Finding the Right Home Decorating Colors for You
Now that we’ve covered the basics of
color, let’s discuss how to find the right home decorating colors for your home. Keep in mind
that color is an expression of who we are. The colors we choose in our home
help set the mood, define our space, and it is an inexpensive way to add drama
throughout the home.
Every room has its own unique characteristics and purpose. Try to consider the
shape and size of the room. If your goal is to make the room appear more
spacious, then consider a lighter color.
On the other hand, a darker color makes a large room feel warmer and cozier.
Another important thing to consider is whether the room has any architectural
details, such as crown moldings, trim, columns, and wainscoting.
A variation in colors and hues will help balance the architecture, furnishings,
and art. Bear in mind that color can enhance a particular feature in a room or
The color you decide on depends on the main purpose of the room – whether it is
an area where you dine, sleep, work, or entertain. Before you decide on a
particular paint color, first try to choose the kinds of furnishings your room
will consist of (furniture, fabric, rugs, and lighting).
It is easier to decide on a paint color after you know what your design
direction will be. If the room you’re working with already has furnishings,
then find an article in the room that, for instance, contains your favorite
fabric color, or an art accessory or a furniture piece, and use that item as an
inspiration piece to help you find colors that will enhance the overall look of
If after doing this, you are still unable to find a color you like, perhaps
consider picking up different paint samples. You can visit your local paint
store and search for color samples that you find most appealing.
Practically every paint store has a section devoted to paint samples and even
have a lighted area where you can place the sample to view how it looks under
light. Some colors look different depending on the lighting of the room and
this gives you the opportunity to explore how you like the color sample under
the different lighting conditions.
If you find that you are still completely lost when it comes to finding the
right home decorating colors for you, then perhaps consider the following ideas as a guide
to help you find colors for your home.
Foyer/Hallway: The foyer and hallway are heavy traffic areas and is the
first impression everyone that visits your home has.
Therefore, a good choice
is selecting colors that are warm and inviting, such as red, yellow, orange,
red-violet, red-orange, and yellow-orange.
This is a wonderful way to welcome
guests into your home while adding a splash of color.
It’s also important to consider when choosing color for the foyer or hallway how
it will flow with the other colors throughout your home.
If you are concerned
that these colors may be too bright, you can opt for lighter shades of red,
yellow, or orange.
The beauty about color is that the choices are endless and more often than not,
you will find a color that suits the space.
Room/Family Room: A living room or family room brings to mind a place where
people convene, converse, relax, and unwind.
It is a room that should feel warm
A warm color in the living room or family room creates a
comfortable and inviting atmosphere for family and friends than a cool color
A great shade of red that works
nicely in a living room or family room is a deep color, such as burgundy or
maroon. If red is not your cup of tea, then consider a yellow color.
Yellow is cheerful, sunny, and is linked to intellect and creative energy. It
adds warmth and brightens up dark spaces. A lighter shade of yellow gives the
impression that a small room is larger.
Another lovely choice for a living room or family room is a brownish orange
color, such as, terra cotta because it is warm and cozy. Orange is a vibrant
color that symbolizes energy, warmth, and echoes autumn, fall, and summer
If the thought of using red, yellow, or orange colors frightens you, then
consider a brown color. Brown is a warm and neutral color that characterizes
wholesomeness, earthiness, simplicity, and friendliness. It is linked to taste
and sophistication while at the same time is confident and calming.
Home decorating colors such
as, taupe, beige, or tan make a fabulous background and aid accompanying colors
in appearing richer and brighter.
Room/Kitchen: A great dining room or kitchen color that is associated with
passion, energy, and romance is red.
In addition, red colors stimulate appetite
and conversation. Orange is also known for stimulating appetite and the
It is used as a healing color and widely utilized in spas and
Another fun color for the dining room or kitchen is yellow. Yellow is a cheery
color that symbolizes joy, happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. It is a great way
to brighten up a kitchen.
Office: In addition to yellow being a cheery color, it helps improve
It is an excellent choice for an office, especially if the office has
little or no natural light.
Painting an office yellow gives the appearance of natural light and brightens up
Avoid bold yellow colors that are too overpowering and disrupt the
feeling of the room. Select lighter shades of yellow instead.
Another ideal color for an office
space is green. Green is said to promote concentration and is relaxing.
Blue is associated with harmony, peace, and is a cool and calm hue. It also
symbolizes inspiration, genuineness, and spirituality.
The effects of a blue
color depending on its shade are that it gives the feeling that time passes more
quickly and aids in sleeping.
Since the bedroom is mostly used for
sleeping, colors like red or yellow aren’t a good choice because of their
A cooler tone, such as a soft blue or gray, will have a relaxing
and calming effect on your bedroom. It makes an excellent bedroom color because
it brings feelings of comfort and serenity.
It is also an ideal color for a baby
room. Consider using the lightest tint of blue, such as a baby blue color.
If you prefer a more romantic tone
for your bedroom, then consider a purple color. Purple colors have a
powerful relationship with our romantic, sensual, and
However, use a bluer purple color to maintain a balance in
helping give the room a restful feel.
Since orange is dominant and lively, it makes a striking choice for a bathroom.
If you prefer a more subdued orange color, consider a peach color. Peachy
orange colors add a nice touch of elegance and have a delicate effect.
On the other hand, if you prefer a color
that is healing and soothing, then consider violet. Violet is a color that is
known to strengthen and cleanse, and is associated with a peaceful environment.
If your goal is to
have a bathroom that is relaxing, then green is a suitable color. Green is
refreshing and adds a garden like feel to the indoors.
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