10 Tips for Adding Color to a Room

10 Tips for Adding Color to a Room

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When it comes to the interior design of your abode nothing has an impact quite like color. The following article details ten helpful tips that will help set the literal tone of your home, crafting an atmosphere that will impress your guests while creating a living space made exclusively for you.

10 Tips to Adding Color to a Room and Your Entire Home


1. Striking the Right Balance with the 60-30-10 Rule

Are you aware of the 60-30-10 rule for using color in your home? This rule of balance has been detailed by experts and pundits in the interior design world for many years and it is quite possible that you have been abiding by it all along. In essence the rule states that any given room be decorated with 60% in a dominant color, then 30% in a secondary tone, followed by 10% in accented hues. Think of it in a basic sense where your painted walls dominate the three-tiered spectrum (60%), with room furnishings complementing the mix (30%), and smaller pieces such as vases, throw pillows, and the like rounding out the remaining 10 percent.

2. Begin the Journey at the Gateway of Your Home – Your Front Door

One way to make a great first impression for visitors entering your home for the very first time is to set the tone by painting your door in a manner that complements the decor within. You may opt for stenciled patterns should your entryway be designed with ornate appendages or simply go with one bold hue. Make your home a conversation piece on the concept of color before visitors take one step inside.

3. Contrast

Contrasting colors (black with white, red with gold, etc…) create a vibrant and well defined style in the home. It suits the personalities of those on-the-go and allows accents to stand out and be noticed, making it a popular color scheme for collectors and curators of eclectic arts and other items. Everything gets noticed in a contrasting room so if you are looking to make a definitive statement this concept is for you.

4. Flow

On the other side of the spectrum is the color scheme that leads to flow. When designing the home around this theory you select a base color and paraphrase it throughout your dwelling. For example, you may use varying tones of brown to flow into one another via painted walls, furnishings, and accents from room to room. This concept creates an aura of comfort and calm.

5. Draw Inspiration from Large Valuable Items or Centerpieces

Most people buy accents for their home based upon the color scheme of the walls and floors surrounding them. However some rooms host large items or centerpieces that hold extreme value in sentiment, appraisal, or both. Perhaps you have inherited a bureau from a recently passed relative or you are an antique collector that has just secured a find of all times. No matter the reason these items are the focal point of the room and therefore you can use them as the starting point for proudly selecting the color scheme within.

6. ‘Tis the Season – Use Color Accordingly

With each passing year more and more households are adopting the concept of changing colors within the home as each season progresses. This practice can be dramatic in nature, having advocates apply new paint to the walls and switching out furnishings altogether. It is of course more commonly subtle in nature, accomplished by adding and changing accents in the home. The usual seasonal suspects on the color wheel are at play, with varying pastels in the spring/summer months and browns and gingers in the autumn, so on and so forth.

7. Look in Your Closet

This tip often surprises people but when they think about it for a second they realize it makes perfect sense. Your closet houses a collection of clothing and accessories that make a statement about who you are. It only falls in line that it can serve to inspire the color scheme in your home. It will certainly reflect who you are as an individual and harmonize you with the place where which you reside.

8. Raise the Stakes with Color on Your Ceiling

While most of you have had fun with painting the walls of your rooms in varying tones to give a whole new look to your interior decor very few have thought to look up to accomplish the same. Painting your ceiling can have a very dramatic and positive effect on the mood of your home.

9. Integrating Lighting

You know that outfit that you tried on at your local department store, the one that looked amazing under the tinted lights of their dressing room? The same one that looked completely different when putting it on for date night back at home? This scenario is an apt analogy to colors in your abode. No matter the efforts you have made in expertly coordinating colors within your rooms lighting can make or break the entire scene. Consider the daylight that enters your rooms through windows and skylights on sunny and cloudy days alike along with evening electrical lighting. Be sure not to make decisions on your color palette until you’ve tested them using color samples under each condition.

10. Bring in a Professional with Expertise in Harmonizing Color in the Home

If you have fallen in love with any (or all) of the above color concepts the newly arrived season marks the perfect time to get started on this exciting transition. While it is easy enough to picture the end result in your mind turning such visions into reality is a whole other thing. With decades of experience in customizing color palettes to match homes and the personalities of those residing within Old World Interiors is able to take the reins and bring your home to life with color. Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation.

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