Now that you own a home, you probably want to start decorating and making the space your own. Nothing wrong with that, but choosing the right color scheme can be tricky, so don’t rush into it just yet. Take some time to really get a feel for what you want to accomplish. Here’s what you need to know.
Some people assume that all of the rooms in a house need to match one another. If you have a great room, it’s wise to encourage the colors of other rooms to flow into it. However, for rooms that are distinctly separate from one another, you generally don’t need to re-invent the wheel. Choosing to a lovely light blue in the living room and a crimson red in the dining room can be eye-catching even if the rooms don’t match.
It’s wise to figure out the theme of the room before you start to paint it. For example, let’s say that you want to have a nature-theme in the family room. If you choose a deep purple or black for the walls, it’s going to be hard to incorporate that theme. You don’t have to plan out every single detail of the room before you paint it, but you should have an overall concept of where the space is going to ensure continuity and flow.
Darks and Lights
As a homeowner, you probably want to make each of the rooms look as spacious as possible – this can be done with proper shades of whatever color(s) you choose. You don’t have to pick only light colors to achieve this look, but be careful when you opt for darker shades. Maybe you want to paint the living room black. To keep it fresh and light, consider using white furniture and white accents so that it is not all dark and gloomy. Remember, if you ever want to sell your house, potential buyers might be turned off by a room that appears extremely small.
What You Like
Don’t feel as though you have to fit into any sort of mold. It’s your home that’s being painted, and you need to love it. If you choose certain colors just because of a new trend or because someone told you to, then you might wind up resenting the choices later. Figure out the color family you want, and then you can check out all of the different shades that are available. Home improvement stores usually have plenty of samples you can use to see how the exact colors would look on the walls. Use these samples to your advantage (and take your time!)While you dob;tt want to constantly be repainting the rooms of your home, remember that paint can be changed without too much hassle. You should still put effort into making your decision for ease and budgeting purposes, but don’t be afraid to play around with some different shades if you’re not sure which ones you want.
Lisa Gregary writes about her career in home improvement and contracting. Her recent work is about her journey earning two online business degrees