Color Can Make the Difference

color palette and brush with blue handle

Something as simple as color has a major effect on the feel of a room.  Often, when we feel that a place is either inviting or uncomfortable has something to do with the color scheme that is used there.  Colors have both a physiological and a psychological effect on us.  So, when you are picking out colors for your home, it is important to carefully consider not just how they look, but also how they make you feel.

  1. You can begin by picking out favorite colors from a piece of art, a rug, or a piece of furniture to be considered for either a main color or an accent color.
  2. Pick a small area, like a bathroom or entryway, to begin with. This way, if you decide you don’t like that color, you won’t have to redo a large space to change it.
  3. Consider the type of mood that you would like for that room to have.
  4. Pay attention to what kind of lighting that particular room has and adjust your colors accordingly. Natural lighting reflects a truer color, incandescent light brings out warmer and yellower tones, and fluorescent light casts a sharp blue tone.  Most paint stores have light boxes that you can use to test how a color will look in different types of light.
  5. Consider how the colors in adjacent rooms will mesh together. There needs to be some flow from one room to the next.  A color wheel is a useful tool for figuring out which colors work well together.
  6. If you are going for a more monochromatic look, try using either slightly different shades of a color or the same color in different finishes.
  7. Use decorative finishes to add depth to a color.
  8. Darker colors can sometimes make a space appear smaller, while lighter colors can make a space seem larger. If the room is not that big, you may want to consider using the darker color as an accent rather than as the main color.

General categories for colors and moods:

  • Strong colors = drama, intimacy
  • Cool colors and neutrals = quiet, formal
  • Warm colors = sociable, friendly
  • Bright colors = excitement, energy, activity

Color terminology to help explain what you are looking for:

  • Hue- the actual color (red, blue, green, brown, etc.)
  • Value- how light or dark the hue is
  • Saturation- how dominant the hue is (example: as you go from red to pink, the red becomes less saturated)
  • Intensity- how brilliant the color is

This information could help you to decide which color schemes can give a room both the look and the feel or personality that you want it to have.

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