How to Choose the Perfect Color Scheme for Your Home Design

Choosing the color of your home is probably the most important part of the interior design process, because it plays such a critical role in everything else you design! Colors are not only important for helping to keep a home looking harmonious and in sync, but also for helping to channel emotions and convey feelings. You want the color scheme you select to look great, and help others get in a certain mood, without clashing with the rest of your home.

It can be a tall order to get it right. There are literally hundreds of thousands of different hues, tones, and shades to choose from, so how do you know you’ve picked the right one? And how will you know that it won’t clash with another color in your own home? It can be very intimidating.

Fortunately, there are a few simple ways for you to choose the perfect color for your home, and whether you’re a seasoned interior designer or not, these tips are incredibly easy to use.

Select the Emotions You Want to Convey

Have you ever thought about how you want a room to make you feel? We often get so caught up in, “I just want it to be pretty!” and “I have got to use greens somewhere in there,” that we forget to think about why we consider something pretty, or why we want to use certain colors in our designs. In short, we forget to make the emotional connection with our design.

Great home designs go beyond just making a home beautiful; they carefully tie in the different elements, color being one of them, to convey a particular atmosphere, both in the home as a whole, and in each individual room. By deciding how you want each room to make you feel, whether it’s energetic and focused in a home office, or relaxed in secure in a bedroom, start with the feeling you’re going for.

Find a Color That Connects that Emotion in You

Once you have the particular emotion, or feeling, you want a room to portray, the next step is to find a single color that best conjures that emotion in you. While every person is different, when it comes to colors, we all tend to have similar emotional reactions to certain colors. This is useful because, once you’ve found a base color, it will be much easier to find other colors to help round out your design.

For example: reds, oranges, and yellows are considered warm colors, and make us feel like we’re basking in the sunlight, or relaxing by a cosy fire. Cool colors, your blues, greens, and purples, make us feel cool and calm, like we’re taking a walk in a forest, or laying on a blanket by the ocean.

Find the color that makes you feel the emotion that you want your room to convey the best. You can take a walk through the paint aisle at your local home goods store, or look at different area rugs, which are often filled with a myriad of beautiful colors, to generate ideas.

Go to the Color Wheel

One of the biggest struggles that people have when choosing a color scheme is finding colors that will compliment or accent their base color. People are terrified of getting it wrong, and with good reason: a mismatched color can quickly wreck a design, and leave a room feeling both confusing and uninviting. Fortunately, there are some tried and true principles of color that will work in nearly every scenario, and they’re all based in the color wheel.

Using your base color, look at the color wheel, use it to find the colors that you want to incorporate as well. If you’d like some variety, while avoiding looking tacky, look at the opposite side of the wheel from your case color, and find a complementary color. Or, if you’d like to say in the same spectrum or color range, choose colors to either side of your base, and create an analogous color scheme.

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