One of the most important, yet the most challenging parts of interior design is learning how to work with colors.
One thing that all beautifully decorated homes have in common is that their color scheme works to tie the home's rooms together. The colors in your home should blend to create a flow from room to room. The last thing you want is for your home to appear and feel disjointed.
Fortunately, it's easy to use color to transform your space.
Keep reading to learn more about how to blend colors throughout your home to create the perfect flow from room to room.
In order to truly understand how to blend colors throughout your home, you have to learn the fundamentals of color theory.
While the basics of color theory are usually something you learn in elementary school art class, the color wheel actually comes into play throughout our daily lives. So, let's take a trip back in time and learn a little more about how colors work.
Red, yellow, and blue are primary colors. Green, orange, and purple are secondary colors. But color isn't quite this simple, especially when it comes to home decor.
Value and saturation also come into play. The value of a color is determined by how light or dark the color is. The saturation of a color refers to how strong or weak the color's hue is.
This is why two things that would both be categorized as the same basic color can appear strikingly different. Think of the sky and the ocean, for example.
Colors are often grouped into color schemes. These can be complementary, triad, or split complementary. Complimentary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel and create a striking and dynamic look when paired together.
If you want to choose your own color scheme, you should use the color wheel to make sure the colors go together.
Using colors that are next to each other will create a room with less contrast and a calmer feel. On the other hand, choosing colors that are opposite one another will add energy and contrast to a room. A more popular option is to rely on tried and true color schemes for home decor.
Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to choosing a color scheme. If you want to truly make your house your home, experimenting with colors you enjoy is an easy way to do that. After all, you're the one who is going to spend the most time in your home.
If you frequently host guests or are planning to resell your house, you might want to choose a more neutral color scheme.
Working with color groups is an easy way to decorate your house with colors you already know blend together well. Popular color schemes change from year to year but some combos simply never go out of style. Whatever color scheme you choose will be the inspiration for the paints, fabrics, and decor you choose.
Don't be afraid to try out a new trendy look. One of the coolest things about home decor is that you can change it and evolve your style as trends change.
Many homeowners tend to start experimenting with bolder looks in smaller rooms. The challenge here is blending together different colors throughout your home. Most homeowners stick to a palette with the same temperature, such as warm or cool tones.
An easy way to connect home color themes is to use the 60-30-10 formula. With this formula, you'll choose a color that you love as a base color. This color will be used for 60 to 70 percent of your interior.
Next, you'll pick a second color and use that color for 25 to 30 percent of your space.
Finally, you can choose an accent color (or two) for the remaining 5 to 10 percent.
You can use this same strategy as you work throughout your home. For example, you might choose a variation of the same scheme in nearby rooms to create a cohesive look. Paint stores can help you create the perfect tints by mixing colors or adding white.
One of the easiest ways to blend color throughout your house is to use a consistent paint color on the walls of spaces and rooms that connect. This is especially effective if you have an open floor plan.
This color should be your base color. Many homeowners choose a neutral for this color., but you don't have to. The key is consistency and flow.
You should take into consideration what are called "sightlines." These lines of sight include what areas are visible from wherever you are standing in your home. You want to be sure there is a visual flow from space to space and no sharp contrasting color schemes that are visible from one room to another.
If you want to experiment with a bold color, choose an enclosed space, or try using small accessories. Finally, accent colors can be used to tie together multiple spaces within your home.
If you're not quite confident in your own design abilities, there's no shame in consulting a pro.
Interior designers have dedicated their careers to the study of color and decor. You don't have to shell out big bucks. You can still choose and purchase your own decor at your own price point.
It's easy and cost-effective to simply consult an interior designer for help with your color palette.
Understanding how to blend colors throughout your home is about more than just painting your space. You'll also need the right furniture and decor to pull off your look.
Creating your dream space is easier than you think.
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