DECORATING WITH COLOR- 6 COLOR LESSONS THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU APPROACH DECORATING
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Color is something that many people tend to shy away from. However, you don’t have to be intimidated by color. It is one of the easiest ways to create interest and dynamic spaces. It can be applied in many different ways, such as in furniture, textiles or even through paint. Bold and rich hues can make as much of a statement as muted and soft shades. Although you may still early in your stage of home ownership (for example you may still be researching seremban property), it’s never too early to start thinking about color and to start imagining how it will looks when you are decorating with color.
Be prepared to look at color in a whole new way, for these 6 lessons in color will change the way you decorate.
Think in color families
You might often see homes that at first glance look like a riot of color, but then realize that they work very cohesively together. The secret when decorating with color or even with lots of color is that you should work with a tight color palette when you choose these colors. The key idea is to choose one primary hue and add on two or three complementary color families for your space.
We say color families because you add not just one shade of the color but can incorporate a multitude of different shades from the chosen color family. For example, if you prefer your space to be predominantly white, you can mix in blue and orange as secondary color hues. Think outside the box and work with bolder rather than muted hues. The blues you choose can include cobalt, turquoise, delft, and even navy, while the you can add in corals, tangerines and grapefruits from within the orange family.
Blue and white always works when decorating with color
The tried-and-tested formula of blue and white in décor is by analogy, like wearing a white shirt with blue jeans. It never goes out of style. In fact, blue and white is the more casual equivalent of black and white, offering it’s polish and chicness, being more welcoming yet not looking as fierce and intimidating as black and white.
This is a classic combination that can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on your decorating goals. For example, you can paint your walls a decidedly denimlike shade of blue to offset the silhouette of white accessories and furniture. This makes your pieces really pop against the blue background. Blue and white porcelain pieces are another way of incorporating this color combo in your space.
Pick a palette, wash, rinse and repeat
The key to making your home look cohesive when decorating with color is to work within a streamlined color palette. What this means is that you should have a similar color palette throughout your pace. Not only does this tie together the different rooms in your home, it also helps with the transition from one room to another.
However, this doesn’t mean that your home has to be a one-tone bore. You don’t have to paint every wall in your home the same color. Consider using the same family of colors but repeating them and using them in different ways in each different space. For example, you might use a blue paint in the family room, but instead of using it on the walls in the dining room bring blue in through window treatments and décor pieces.
Play around with percentages
When decorating with color, another smart way to use the same small group of colors in different ways is to do a flip-flop of sorts. This helps you get the most mileage out of you chosen families of colors. Play around with the percentages of each color in each room. For example, if you use one color as an accent color in your living room, consider bringing this color to the foreground in another room to break up the monotony.
If your home is predominantly blue and white with a few other colored accents, let a few of the rooms breathe by receding the blue and white to a secondary role while letting the accent colors take the forefront. Isn’t decorating with color fun?
White can freshen things up
People are often wary and afraid of the color white. However, white is a color (or absence of color) that can easily bring in a fresh take in your interiors. White is also a versatile and flexible color that can make any piece tie in to your interiors easily. Consider using white to imbibe your space with a more fresh and youthful spirit. If you have a few pieces of furniture that you like the form of but do not match your space, consider painting them white.
For example, if you’ve recently redecorated and your dining chairs are too dark for the current palette, you can try bleaching them white to give them an update. This adds a timeless yet contemporary value to them while also helps you keep costs down. Decorating with color doesn’t always means you have to use colorful colors. White is also a way of decorating with color.
Strike a compromise between color and pattern
Pattern and color are both widely used methods of adding visual interest to interiors. Most people think that that you have to give up one to have the other. However, pattern and color don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can incorporate both pattern and color in your space, as long as you balance them both out. If you want to dial up the use of a pattern, it’s best to tone down the color to help you achieve a more serene and calmer space.
For example, if you want to use busy pattern in a room, you should consider refraining from introducing too much color to avoid breaking up the cohesiveness with a vibrancy. This helps you achieve a calmer and quieter look even though the pattern is all but quiet.