People often struggle with picking a color palate for a room.  While the right color choice comes down to personal preference, there are some factors you can use to help you decide on the perfect color scheme.  Some factors to consider are what feeling you want to evoke, how much light the room receives, whether there is any furniture, art, or rugs you want to match, and how the colors work with the rest of the home.


Color Psychology and your Home

Color psychology is something to consider when choosing a palate for a room.  Earth tones such as oranges, browns, beige, and yellows are believed to stimulate conversation.  These are great colors for a living room, kitchen, foyer, or other communal area.  Lighter colors such as white and light beige tones can make a space appear bigger, and often feel more open and inviting.  Bright colors provide and expansive and inviting feeling.  Dark colors such as blue or deep purple can provide a sense of security and comfort, and often induce relaxation.  These are great colors for a bedroom.  Warm colors such as yellow and red are said to inspire creativity and energy.  They make great colors for a home office or work room.  These colors are best avoided in rooms meant to be relaxing.  Icy colors such as light blues and greens provide a relaxing environment, and are another great choice for bedrooms.  If a room does not receive a lot of light, you can choose a light wall color to balance it out and help the room seem brighter.

Colors based on Furniture

Choosing a color palate around furniture or a rug is another great way to decide on a good combination.  Go with colors that compliment your favorite rug, artwork, piece of furniture or decoration.  You can choose to either match these colors, or go with a color that works well with them.  When basing your palate on an existing design element within the room, you can either use complimentary colors for a more eye-catching and diverse color scheme, or you can choose analogous colors of a similar tone.   Analogous colors are different shades and hues of a color, while complimentary colors are the colors that sit opposite on the color wheel.  This can provide a more stimulating environment, while analogous provides a sense of peace and relaxation.  The choice comes down to personal preference, and what you want for the room.  There are no wrong choices, so feel free to be creative and go with your gut.

Choosing a palate for a room can seem like a daunting task.  With these tips, you will have a good starting point for what your options are.  Different colors and color palates can produce a range of different emotional states.  Some colors inhibit communication, while others evoke creativity, and some induce relaxation.  The right color scheme for you all comes down to what you want for the room.  Be creative, and take some color swatches from your local paint store to mix and match them until you find something that suits your style.  Take these tips, and enjoy your home renovation!


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