How To Choose A Color Scheme For Your Home
Choosing the right colors for one room can be daunting enough. Expand that mission to the whole house or apartment, and the task gets even more complicated. But don’t worry, Flooring America is here to help make sense of it all with some modern house color scheme ideas. Read more to learn about choosing colors for the inside of your house, including those colors throughout the space, and ways to get even more inspiration for your next home makeover project.
Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Home
Choosing a color scheme for your house doesn’t have to be overly complicated, as long as you know where to begin. Start with objects that already inspire you and take color cues from there. Creating an online (or real-life) inspiration board can help you keep track of styles to try out. Instagram and Pinterest are great places to look.
Including a Color Scheme Throughout Your Home
It’s easy to incorporate a color scheme throughout your house as long as you don’t get stuck in a creative rut. Instead of repeating the same arrangement in every room, mix up the ways you use color.
For example, if flowers and artwork form the accents in one room, use blankets and pillows to create them in another. If you used a neutral carpet in one room, try neutral furniture in the next. And remember, everyday objects like books, blankets, or even pairs of shoes can all be used to show color and express your personality.
House Color Scheme Ideas
There are three steps to finding great colors for your home: choosing the right paint undertones, learning to balance bright colors with neutrals, and getting the lighting perfect.
How to Choose the Perfect Undertones for Your Color Scheme
“Undertones” might sound fancy, but the idea is simple. All paint colors have subtle, underlying tones like cool or warm, pink or blue, and so on. These undertones give them a slightly different “look” on your wall than they have on the label or can.
Undertones are faint and can be hard to perceive until you choose the wrong one. Before you commit to repainting a room, test a few swatches of paint in a discreet area to see what sorts of undertones come out most prominently. If you aren’t happy with the finished look, you’ll know you need a slightly different shade.
Balance Your Colors by Choosing 2 Colors with 1 Neutral Shade
Neutral shades include grey, beige, olive, khaki, peach, and taupe. Choose one of these laid-back colors to offset and pair with a brighter partner, like blue, purple, green, or yellow.
Experiment with Different Lighting
Even the most beautiful colors can look a little bit drained or drab under the wrong lighting. The good news is, “quality” doesn’t have to mean “expensive.” Simply changing the color or thickness of your drapes might be enough to radically alter the way the whole room feels.
In general, try to avoid fluorescent lighting. Modern LEDs are energy-efficient and, thanks to improvements in technology, are now better than ever at mimicking the warm glow of incandescent bulbs.