You’ve embarked on the journey of a lifetime, otherwise known as renovating your home. On this quest, you will encounter numerous tasks: the killer kitchen, the beastly bathroom, and the living room of doom, to name a few. How you conquer these vicious creatures is up to you. Another task looms above all of these, however- the choice of color. The way in which you deal with this foul fiend can either strengthen or destroy you. The question is, how do you manage this beast?
Color, whether for walls or wearing, is primarily a personal preference. Take a look into your wardrobe before you decide on a paint color. Which colors are most prevalent in your closet? What hues give you joy, and what of these make you the happiest? Keep in mind that if you live with someone else, you have to compromise on colors. You wouldn’t want them to pick a shade you detested, would you? When you consider your preferences along with other factors in your home, the decision almost makes itself.
Along with preference and compromise, the architecture of your home has a huge impact on your color choice. For instance, painting your molding a shade or two lighter or darker than the wall complements them and brings attention to detail. Alternatively, you could paint a fixture in the room, such as a bookcase or entertainment center, a color that follows the color scheme of the room. For example, paint an entertainment center orange to complement a red or yellow room and make it seem warmer. If your room is otherwise dull and uninteresting, try painting an accent wall to give the room a pop of color. With white or ivory walls, a poppy color such as bright red or midnight blue would be an excellent idea for this.
When painting a room, keep in mind that its shape and size will largely influence your color choice. For smaller rooms, a darker color such as forest green will “open up” the room and make it seem larger. Larger rooms would be better suited for pastel and lighter hues, which will make the room seem brighter and less looming. The same applies with wall height. If you have 12 foot ceilings, a brighter red brings the walls down, in a sense, and creates a warm and comfortable feeling. In a room with shorter ceilings, a paler green would be more fitting and soothing.
When choosing colors for your home, your preferences are the top priority. It doesn’t matter how well it matches the furniture or how big it makes the room seem- if you hate it now, you’ll always hate it, more likely than not. It’s always important to make everyone in the situation happy as well, so don’t be a color control freak. Find a color you can compromise on that will accentuate the architecture and bring the room together. Most importantly, be happy with your choice and let your true colors show.