The colours that you decide on for the interior of your home will define it’s personality in a very powerful way. Colours influence our moods and perceptions and their placement within a home can make us feel comfortable or disconnected. In order to create a sense of harmony and continuity throughout your home, you need a balanced colour scheme with a good visual flow that seamlessly connects one room to the next. You can create continuity by selecting hues of colours with similar undertones that creates a smooth flow.
Colour flow can be easily achieved by using the principles of architectural features in the home along with your personal style. One of the most effective ways that you can transform a room with colour is to highlight the molding, mantels, windows, doors and doorways. Even a built-in bookcase is a structural element that can be highlighted to create a distinctive eye-catching effect. According to Sheri Thompson, Director of colour marketing and design for Sherwin-Williams, painting molding or doorways just one step lighter, or darker, than the primary wall is a subtle shift in color, but it really brings your eye to the detail.
Even in today’s open concept designs, where kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms are often one shared space, colour is primarily used to define these sprawling areas and create focal points. Your aim here is to create an integrated color scheme that shares a natural relationship to each other and works for the entire space. You should consider sticking with muted colours for an open floor plan because over time you may tire of bold paint colours. By choosing muted tones, you will have a more visually livable area that can stand the test of time.
There are many ways to enhance your home’s appearance and bring out its personality, but the trick is figuring out which colors to use and where to put them. Here are a few tips:
- Most people like to buy clothes in colours that they like to wear and think they look good in to complement their appearance, so study the colour of your clothes. Similarly, decorate your rooms in colours you look good in and feel good around. If you look sickly in yellow, don’t buy a yellow couch or paint your walls in any of these hues.
- Start with the main floor’s formal areas of the house, such as the entryway, living room and dining room. Choose your colour scheme by selecting three to five favorite colours and then alternate the primary, secondary, and accent colours. Pull one colour from the scheme for each room or extend one colour throughout. An example of how you choose the colour is to pluck a tone out of a patterned upholstery, rug or artwork and use it as a backdrop on the different walls. For neutral paint colours, choose one of the whites or beiges in the pattern and alternate the shade or let it flow as one colour in the different rooms.
- If you like colours that have deeper tones, a good formula to follow is to decorate your space from dark to light vertically. This means that the floor beneath your feet is like the exterior environment, which is generally darker like mother earth. A medium value is when you look straight ahead at the walls, like buildings and trees and the lighter value is looking upward toward the ceiling, like the sky.
- Another simple formula is to divide the space into three components. Use 60 percent for the dominant colour, followed by 30 percent of a secondary colour and finally 10 percent of an accent colour. Walls will most likely have the majority of the colour with colour tones from the upholstery as the secondary. The accent shade can be picked up by accessories in the room, such as throw pillows, window treatments, artwork or floral arrangements.
Whatever interior paint colour scheme you decide on for your home, you are setting a mood and creating a personality for each room that you paint. It’s important to have continuity throughout the entire house, but at the same time allow for each space to be to be distinct in its own right. Colour is key to how the décor of home is perceived and ultimately people should really follow their heart. If you love colour and you take into considerations some of these simple tips, don’t be afraid to use it to define your home’s interior personality.