Choosing the right colors when designing the spaces in your home is probably the one key component in creating beautiful interior designs
It’s hard to believe that something as simple as color can have such an impact on our lives, both mentally and visually. Small spaces seem larger and large spaces become cozy and warmer. Color can visually raise or lower a ceiling and certain colors can even hide imperfections.
So how do you choose the right colors for the rooms in your home? And how will you know what colors work well together? First it’s important to start with a color you like. Don’t choose a color combination simple because a designer or magazine tells you it’s “correct” and then up living with colors that you hate.
Using a Color Wheel
Start by purchasing a color wheel at your local arts and crafts supply store. The color wheel can serve as a guide in helping you select the right color combinations for your space. You’ll want to then choose your favorite color and use that as the base for your color scheme. From this point you have several options.
Obviously the simplest color scheme involves taking your single most favorite color and using it throughout a room in varying shades. This is called a monochromatic color scheme which simply employs the use of one color.
Using an adjacent color scheme consists of using three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel such as yellow, yellow-orange and orange. An adjacent color scheme is fairly safe and tends to work well in almost any room.
A complementary color scheme combines two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, red and green, violet and yellow and blue and orange. If you choose this color scheme it’s important to have one color as the dominate color and use the other two as accents.
The split complement color scheme uses a primary color along with colors on either side of its complement. This combination can include greens, reds and violets. It can be a difficult color scheme to create but is also extremely striking when done right.
Make Yourself Look Like a Color Professional
You don’t need to be an interior designer to put together a color scheme that makes your home look beautiful. By simply educating yourself with a little color savvy you can make your home look like it was designed by a professional.
By building the right color scheme in a room, you can create an atmosphere that suits your particular lifestyle needs.