When deciding the colors of your home, you are probably influenced by what you saw at your family member’s or friend’s house, or even in a magazine. There are times when these are the perfect sources for our inspirations. However, if you want to put aside classic solutions for something a little more adventurous, we suggest following some basic guidelines of color dynamics and color psychology.
Why is that? Simply because the same room can become darker or lighter, or even more spacious or confined depending on how you pair colors.
Regardless if you want a warm or cool ambience, you first must pick a primary color, and then choose your complementary colors.
Step by step instructions on choosing your color
If you are looking for a color for a long and narrow space, your hall for example, then plan on choosing darker colors for the wall at the end of the hall compared to the side walls. This way, the different shades will create the illusion of a more open space.
Small rooms are going to feel more spacious if you have very light colors on your walls (preferably white or close to white) and light-colored furniture as well.
The color of your walls can also influence your perception of temperature. Many bathrooms are traditionally painted in shades of blue or green (we tend to consider these colors “clean”). However, a light yellow or cream color may be ideal for a flattering warm-white illumination. The same is true for a sunlit living room. Additionally, we may feel that a room with white walls is chillier than a room painted in eggshell color.
You may opt to have a colorful ceiling but it’s a good idea to paint it a few shades lighter than your side walls. It will create the appearance of higher ceilings and prevent you from feeling boxed in. In the case of high ceilings, if you want to optically decrease the height of the room, you may want to choose darker shades.
Shiny materials, large prints, and vivid colors will immediately draw attention. In this respect, the saying, “less is more”, is absolutely true. Only choose these options to complement simple colors on small areas. Otherwise, we will have to see each other again soon because you will get tired of the ostentatious look.
It’s easy to forget that different shades of color can have different effects in natural light versus artificial light. When you are done choosing your colors, make sure to look at them under light that you would normally use in that space (mood lighting, chandelier, etc.) It’s not enough to inspect your colors at the store because the store may use different colored light bulbs from the ones you have at home. This can make a big difference in the shades you see at the store from what you see on your wall. Of course, we have any color sample you want to take home and observe.
Keep in mind your color-blind family members when choosing your color
While choosing wall colors for your home may be a family decision, in my experience, women tend to decide on the hues. The sight of the finished product may confuse men.
The reason for this is frequently quite simple, only it has remained unknown, there is a color-blind person in the family. It’s not a rare condition, one in ever 12 men have it. With women the stats are much lower, with only one in every 200.
Color deficiency is usually passed down from father to daughter, who will not be color-blind but will have the carrier gene. This way, the grandson may have a good chance of having color deficiency.
We may develop color-blindness throughout our lives as well as a side effect of some health problem, such as diabetes or poisoning. We recommend that you make certain that your color deficient family member, who sees shades of color differently, will feel comfortable spending time inside the walls of your home.
In preparation for painting
The painting of your home does not, unfortunately, only consist of choosing your color, tapestry, or wall design. For a truly magnificent outcome, you will need precise preparation. Please read our attached link if you are interested in getting your own painting project done in the near future.
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