One undoubtedly fact we have all learned during this quarantine is the importance of creating a home that is beautiful and peaceful. A big part of building your dream home is choosing the perfect color palette. Even if you’re decorating a small apartment or a home you have purchased, you must give it some thought. Most houses nowadays are built with open floor plans, which make it challenging to create a color scheme since the living area is open to the kitchen and dining room.
To make your open are flow together, choose a color scheme that you enjoy and use it in the entire open area, changing the dominant, secondary, and accent colors to give distinction to each space. For example, the kitchen could be white, the dining room could be held, and the living room could be a shade between the two. If your central color schemes are different, use your accent colors such as those used in your pillow to pull the different spaces together. Colors that are lower the saturation, such as neutrals, usually look more sophisticated in homes. Vivid colors are typically used in more creative spaces like studios. Any bright colors can become neutrals by toning it down a bit. To discuss how to decorate your Home with Colors you love whether it is neutrals are vibrant, it is important for us to explore the color wheel.
Hue Vs. Color Vs. Tint Vs. Shade
Before we discuss the color wheel, we will discuss the difference between hues, colors, tints and shades, as it is often confusing.
An intense and pure color without any added whites or blacks to lighten or darken it.We can’t change hues but we can alter their appearance by altering the value, or colorfulness and brightness, of the hue. Example, imagine that let’s choose a primary hue of red. We can display, red in a variety of values, from really light red to really dark red.
The color that may or may not have whites, blacks, or other colors added to it, such as light blue or salmon, light yellow or other pastel colors.
When you add white to a color than the original hue in order to make it lighter.
When you add black to a color to make it darker.
The Color Wheel
A color wheel/ color circle displays the combination of color hues around a circle, which reveals the relationships between primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
Full spectrum colors- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Primary colors- are red, yellow and blue. You cannot mix these colors or combine other colors to create them. All of the other colors are created from these.
Secondary colors- orange, violet and green . These colors are generated when you mix the primary colors.
Tertiary colors- Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-green, yellow-green. These colors are formed when you mix primary and secondary colors. That is why the hue is a two-word name, such as Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-green and yellow-green.
Monochromatic colors- are made up of different tones, shades, and tints within a specific hue.
Analogous colors- are three colors side-by-side, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange.
Complementary colors -are any two colors directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green.
Split-Complementary colors-You utilizes colors on either side of the hue opposite your base hue. Red and Orange are the starting base in the following.
Triadic- Consist of hues that are spaced equally in the color wheel. A good tip is to count from the first color to the fifth in the left, right, and bottom.
Tetradic/Double Complementary Colors-You use one color as the primary color in a design and the others as accents.
How To Create A Color Palette
Three is an equal number, and working with three colors is less overwhelming than four or five. You may choose as many colors as you wish, provided that they look good together. Choose a neutral shade and add two more tones. Your neutral color should be in every room because it will help pull the whole-house palette together. Neutral colors are gray, black, white, brown, tan, and off-white. You can get ideas any favorite item you have, such as a rug, Painting, scarf or fabrics, and home decor items. You can pull the three colors from there or more.
c. Primary colors- 60 % of your color scheme will be this color. Use your primary color on Walls, Accent Pieces, Rugs, Sofa and Large “Foundation” Pieces
d. Secondary colors-30 % of your color scheme will be this. Use your secondary color on Curtains, Painted Furniture, Side Chairs and Smaller “Foundation” Pieces
e. Accent colors-10 % of your color scheme will be this. Use your accent colors on
Throw Pillows/Patterned Fabrics, Decorative Accessories and Artwork
Undertones and Meaning of Colors
1. Warm colors have a yellow or orange undertone and include red, yellow, orange.
- Red: Love, urgency, juvenility
- Orange: Energy, passion, excitement
- Yellow: Cheer, playfulness, vitality
- Red: Warning, battle, nuisance
- Orange: Anxiety, aggression, nervousness
- Yellow: Insecurity, distress, dread
2. Cool colors have a blue undertone and include blue, green, purple
- Green: Growth, nature, luck
- Blue: Peace, trust, assurance
- Purple: Wisdom, respect, wealth
- Green: Jealousy, apprehension, unsure
- Blue: Sadness, shame, guilt
- Purple: Dullness, hatred, loathing
Wall, Ceiling, Floor, Furniture & Window Colors
Likely, your wall color will be your dominant colors. Here are some facts to consider
- The best color if the wall is lighter than the floors and darker than the ceiling.
- Make wall and floor same color if you want the room to look bigger
- Make the wall darker to make the room smaller
- White will make neighboring colors look paler, and Black makes adjacent colors appear darker and bolder. Yellow will appear dull next to white but can appear bright and vivid next to Black.
- You can paint all the walls in your house peach because it is the most complimentary color for all skin tones. Blue makes the skin look pale and dull. If you use blue in your kitchen, use an accents color such as yellow.
Are traditionally painted white to create an illusion of more height. If you want to change the color of the ceiling the tip is tp have your ceiling lighter than your wall and floor.
Floor colors are best when it is neutral because it does create a framework for the other colors in the house.
- Choose furniture in dark colors or heavily textured fabric, if you want to make your more look larger. Be careful because it can crowd a small room.
- Choose furniture in light colors and smooth textures if you want to make your room look more radiant.
- Having a mix of woods instead of all the same colors will make it look more visually appealing and unique. Make sure the woods undertones match.
- Textured or patterned upholstery sofa can help pull together your color scheme.
- Solid color or small print upholstery sofa will enlargen your room.
- Small patterns in furniture colors will create a calmer environment.
- Bold patterns and vivid colors on the furniture will create an energetic room.
When choosing drapes, the fabric color should be close to the same color as the wall surrounding the window because it will help make the room visually larger. The lining for your drapes should always be white or ivory so that the colors will blend when you’re looking at the windows from the outside.
Often, the colors you like to wear are the same colors you would enjoy in your home. Look in your closet for inspiration on using your three colors. Your dominant color would be neutral, and secondary can be whatever tone you want. Your third or accent color is the color that does not appear anywhere else in the room. Think about what colors you wear most of the time and ask yourself why you like those colors because you can probably translate them into a color palette for your home. Were you able to choose your color palette after reading this post? Comment below!