If you’ve noticed closely, the one thing common to the homes of the close friends and family you would have visited in your entire history of knowing them will be the colour of their walls. The dull off-white walls would have seemed confused for not being either a bright sunny yellow or a charming classic white. And if you ask them the reason why they chose to colour their home a single shade of dullness, their common voices will echo in your ears and it would say that they were too scared to commit to a new colour.
Choosing the middle ground between bold colours and creating a colour palette seems the safest bet for most people, but doing so also makes their living space really boring. So if you want to breathe fresh air into your home and change the way it looks and feels without having to take the pain of remodelling, the easiest way to do it is by choosing the right colours to paint it with. Here are a few tips you could use to choose the right colours for your home.
Match the colour with the mood of the room
Every room has a mood. Yes, you read right! And a colour does more that a lot to reflect that mood. How do you want your bedroom to be? If you would like it to be dramatic, strong colours should be your choice as they create all the drama with their bold hues. If you’re one who would choose intimacy over drama, then it’s best to stick to cool, soft, and neutral colours.
Similarly, you can give your dining area a sociable feel and a stimulating atmosphere with warm, contrasting, and somewhat bright colours. To make it look quiet and formal, choose neutrals. Deep blue-greens also make for a good choice for a formal ambience. When it comes to painting children’s rooms, bright colours will keep them active and energetic. However, avoid overly bright hues as they can cause irritability and unrest.
Consider the lighting in different areas of your home
There are two types of people — yellow light lovers and white light lovers. While some people have only one of the two types of lighting in their homes, many people prefer mixed lighting for different sections of their homes. Since natural light during the day shows the truest colours, incandescent or yellow lighting enhances yellows and other warm tones. Fluorescent lighting, on the other hand, casts a blue, often sharp, tone. A strong, bright colour might look overpowering on walls near a large window that lets in a lot of daylight. Choose light shades especially for such areas. Instead, you can use bold colours on accent walls in any of the other rooms.
Mix warm and cold colours
You can make sleepy places come alive even with subtle colours. This is especially great for people who don’t want to experiment with bright and bold colours and keep it as low as possible, yet exude chic style. Contrasting is possible even in delicate shades, such as cool greys and warm honey coloured shades. Even if both these shades are soft on the eyes, they are opposites that create a beautiful contrast. Not sure which opposite colours complement each other? Use the colour wheel to choose your favourites.
Play with a monochrome look
A single colour all over your home might make it look boring, but a little creativity can bring out the beauty of that one colour. Now’s the chance to go crazy with your imagination! How about creating subtle or bold variations within a colour group using contrasting paint finishes? Here’s how you can do it. Choose your favourite colour, get two shades of that colour, use the darker of the two on the walls and the lighter one on the trims. Or use a matt finish of the same colour on the walls and a glossy finish on the trim. Here’s where white and off-white paints come in very handy as they go great on trims when matched with monochromatic colours.
Bonus: Give small spaces a pop of colour
If there’s a small room that you want to paint, don’t choose white, please. Instead, go bold and give it some oomph with a colour that says “look at me”! This is your chance to let your small spaces envelop you in their cosiness.
Kahlil Gibran had quoted, “Let me, O’ let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow”. How would you like to bathe your soul, your home, in colours? All you need is some paint for it!