Has the change in seasons got you thinking of sprucing up your home? Maybe you’ve been staring at your walls just a little too long this winter and are ready for a change in color.
Painting your home is an easy way to instantly give your home that fresh look your craving. But, before you run off to the paint store, we suggest creating a color scheme to guarantee a cohesive look throughout your home.
With hundreds of paint colors to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But, creating a cohesive color palette for your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task!
NOTE FIXED DETAILS
First, it’s important to take note of the fixed details. This may include your current furniture or décor, architectural elements, and the floor color. These are items that will not change, so they need to be taken into consideration as they will affect the overall look!
Just look at the dramatic impact paint made on the space above! In the before photo, the walls and floor started to blend together. Painting the walls and the fireplace added some much-needed depth to the space. Plus, look at how much those warm, blonde floors pop now – beautiful!
PICK 3-6 COLORS
Have you ever walked into a home where each room is a completely different color and felt uneasy? Having too many colors in one home can have a jarring feel and lacks unity. Regardless of which room you’re in, you should still feel as if you’re in the same home. This is why we recommend viewing the home as a whole rather than separate spaces. Of course, this does NOT mean all the wall colors should be painted the same color. Instead, the colors used in each room should work effortlessly together giving an overall cohesive look.
The main connecting areas in the home (entryway, hallways, and stairways) should be painted in a neutral color. Noting which rooms are visible to one another will ensure color flow through out.
Rooms that are closed off from the main areas such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and mudrooms are good places to add a pop of color or a bold wallpaper design.
COLORS AND UNDERTONES
Choosing colors with the same temperature (warm vs. cool) and undertones will keep the color scheme flowing from room to room. A warm color scheme may include tans, reds, and oranges while a cool scheme may include grays, blues, and greens. Regardless of which scheme you choose, be sure to carry the same undertone throughout. For example, if you paint your living room a gray color that has a slight green undertone and you paint your dining room blue, be sure the blue has a green undertone as well.
Building a palette of colors with the same undertones will help you build a harmonious color scheme throughout your whole house. Want to know what colors the pro’s use? Get the guide below!
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