How to Select the Ideal Color Scheme For Your Home

How to Select the Ideal Color Scheme For Your Home
Written by Noelle Kelly

A poor choice of colors in a home can turn off buyers faster than almost any other feature

Palette Picking – How to Select the Ideal Color Scheme For Your Home

Take a walk through an “Open for Inspection” one weekend and you will discover one simple truth –   a poor choice of colors in a home can turn off buyers faster than almost any other feature.   It doesn’t matter that paint can be quickly and easily fixed – it is a sense which imprints itself on the mind and influences our choices and mood.

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To fully understand the colors which will best enhance the warmth and beauty of a home, we need to appreciate both the inside and outside influences which will be effecting the tones of the walls, artwork and decor.

To begin, decide on a base palette which will complement the style, era and personal statement you are seeking to incorporate into your home.   Those leaning towards a monochromatic finish, where white will dominate, need to appreciate that even whites should have a base tone to avoid the sterile, stark feeling of a bathroom.  

Next visit your local paint store and pick up a variety of paint swatches in your desired colours.   Take as many sample swatches in complementary tones as you need as the idea is to set a colour flow throughout the home, not have every room the same.

Take Stock

Move through your home and note the time of day and the natural light which is entering each room. Place the paint swatches on walls at intervals throughout the day to contrast the various hue changes which will occur with the changing light.   Experiment with light filtering to enhance or subdue tones.

Bright, rooms with glaring sunlight can be softened with the use of   light filtering blinds or venetian blinds which can be manipulated to focus external light.  

Gloomy or dull rooms may also benefit from the use of contemporary blinds.   Not only are they far less intrusive, they are also more versatile than curtains which are basically ‘open and closed’.   Curtains can inhibit rather than enhance the entrance of light into a room whereas blinds can adapt, filter and focus the amount of light, to create the perfect tones.   Experiment with interior lighting and lamps to imbue the room with the desired ambience.

Size Wise

A sense of intimacy can be introduced to large rooms and spaces through the use of colour.   A feature wall which draws the eye can make a dramatic statement whilst being the touchstone from which all other colours branch.

Judge the tone of your palette on a room by room basis.   Even though darker hues are thought of as making a room feel smaller, in a bedroom they can create a feeling of intimacy and drama.

Adding warmth or Cooling Down

Colour has long been known to affect mood and even crime rates when used in urban environments!   This adds another level of importance to the selection of the correct colours for your family to live with.

When selecting a colour palette it helps to understand which colours will add warmth to a room and which will give a cooler or fresher feel to a room.

Hues ranging from orange and red through to tans and even browns are often thought of as in the warmer colour spectrum. Cooler colours are considered as greys, blues and greens.

Yellows sit somewhere between the two depending on the particular tone used.   It has both warm and cool variations.   It can be a tricky colour to work with as it’s tone changes dramatically according the light and what was a lovely soft tone in the store, can appear the dreaded ‘nicotine yellow’ when it has dried on your walls.

By incorporating a little clever planning at the outset, selecting the perfect blend of colours to can be managed simply and cheaply.   Don’t be afraid to be a little daring.   If the worst happens and you change your mind or aren’t happy with the results, there is nothing can’t be fixed by a new coat of paint or some delightful wallpaper.

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About the author

Noelle Kelly

Noelle is a freelance writer working for a variety of businesses across Australia. With a portfolio of work spanning a plethora of countries, industries and companies, she is always looking to broaden her understanding of the business landscape.

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