It’s no secret that our daily environment can have a big impact on our happiness and productivity. A little paint or a splash of color can go a long way.
Not only can furniture affect our mood, but so can the overall color scheme of your home. That’s why it’s so important to understand how to choose the best colors for your room:
How To Pick A Color: The Scientific Way
Color theory tells us how different colors impact our moods and which thoughts and emotions each color typically evokes. When paired with knowledge of the color wheel, it’s easy to pick the perfect colors for your home decor.
The color wheel breaks down all of your favorite hues into cool and warm colors. Cool colors like blues, greens and violet can bring to mind a sense of the great outdoors and have a soothing affect. These colors can also make a room feel more spacious and open.
Warm colors like red, orange and yellow will make you think of sunshine and vibrant heat. If you have an expansive room like an over-sized living room or den, you can use dark warm colors like a rich burgundy to make the room feel cozier.
Even neutral colors can lean towards the cool or warm side of the color spectrum. Steel grey has cool blue undertones, while a rich tan brings to mind warmer colors. Try to match the mood and purpose of the room to the color that evokes it.
How To Pick A Color: Trust Your Gut
Of course, there’s always a less scientific way to pick the perfect colors for your home: go with your gut and trust your instincts. There are probably certain colors you’ve always been attracted to. If you find yourself naturally drawn to certain colors, surrounding yourself with those colors is bound to make you feel more comfortable in your home environment.
Use your gut instinct to guide you to one or two signature colors for your home or favorite room. Once you’ve settled on a main color choice, you can still refer to the color wheel to choose additional colors to pair it with.
If your color of choice is very bright or vibrant, you may want to start by painting a small room like a bathroom with that color so that it doesn’t become overwhelming. You can also use your designated color as an accent color by choosing a single piece of furniture in that color, or bringing it into your room on a piece of artwork, rug or throw pillows.
You should also make sure the colors flow well from room to room. For instance, you probably don’t want to paint one room lime green and the adjoining room red. (Unless you really, really want your home to feel like it’s Christmas year-round.) Monochromatic and neutral color palettes are always a good option.
Light The Way
When choosing colors for your room, particularly paint colors, make sure to factor in the lighting in your room. Natural light will make colors look very different than the light cast from a lamp or overhead lighting.
Different types of light sources have different color temperatures which make the objects they illuminate appear differently. This is a secret that artists and photographers have known for years, and this knowledge can make your home feel more comfortable too.
If you’re planning to paint a room, paint a few small swatches and test the color options out with the type of lighting you plan to use in that room. A room with big windows and lots of natural light will make certain colors appear much differently than a room with fluorescent ceiling lights.
When you’re shopping for light bulbs, be sure to pay attention to the color temperature for each bulb you buy to get the perfect look in your room.
Need Help Designing Your Perfect Room?
Stop by one of our Atlanta area furniture stores today and ask our design associates about the best color options for your home. Our experienced designers can help you choose the perfect palette and find furniture and home decor accessories to complete your look.