Creating a color palette for your home can be a challenging process, as there are many things to consider. It’s more involved than just selecting a few good colors—placement is key.
Whether you are moving into a new home, or you are redecorating, changing the paint colors in your home will have a big impact on how your space is perceived. Experts in this field excel by carefully selecting a sophisticated palette, using color to define the space.
Want to learn to think like a designer? Follow these tips from the pros for great results.
First, start with a great neutral. Select one that you can use throughout the house. This color is best used for the foyer. Remember, the color of the foyer will likely be carried through to the upstairs hall, so you will need a neutral that works well with the colors on the main floor as well as the upstairs.
Narrow down your color choices by considering the style of your home. Try grey for a more modern home and cream, beige, or tan for traditional. Not sure where to start? Do an Internet search on the most popular neutrals or designer favorites; this will get you started in the right direction. When you have made your selection, pull the entire color strip for that color; you may want to add varying shades of it to your palette later.
Think about contrast. Before selecting the rest of your palette you will need to think about contrast. Selecting a palette where all the colors are the same visual weight can be ho-hum. A truly sophisticated palette includes light, dark, and medium tones. The goal is to have a range—giving a layered look and feel to the home. One way to do this is to use a deeper shade of your room color to accent another part of the room; like the back of a built-in shelf or a prominent wall.
Consider transitions. Using the floor plan for your home as a guide, decide which rooms you want to feel connected and which rooms you want to stand out. Starting with the foyer color, decide where you want to make your transitions. For example, you may want the main hall and the kitchen to feel connected while the living room and dining room stand out by being distinctly different in color. To achieve this, select the same color as the foyer (or a deeper shade of that color) for the kitchen. Then select distinctly different colors for the dining room and living room.
Use balance to connect rooms. You can use colors that are the same visual weight to create balance. For example, if a living room and a dining room are both connected to the foyer, create a sense of balance by selecting two different colors of the same depth for the living room and dining room. As a result, the rooms will have their own individuality, yet feel connected. This trick can also be used upstairs, selecting varying colors for the bedrooms, yet keeping them the same depth. This balances the rooms, making them feel connected.
Test your colors. Always test your colors on the wall before you buy your paint. Some stores sell small samples of paint colors, or will mix up a pint for testing. Painting a 2’ x 2’ area is usually enough.
Know when to get help. If selecting a new palette for your home is more than you anticipated, you can always get help from a professional. Contact ASID or your local paint store for recommendations for interior designers or color consultants who can help you.
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