Color. It’s everywhere and always in season. From the tame neutrals of white and beige to the bold tones of poppy and fuchsia, color infuses life to our home’s interior. Whether it’s found in painted walls, furniture, or accessories, color warms up a space, adding interesting touches of character from floor to ceiling.
Often the hardest part of adding color to your home is choosing the right hues. We have three suggestions to help make your color decisions easier.
Choose a Palette
If you’re looking to redo an entire room or area, interior designers suggest choosing a color palette. Find shades that appeal to you and look for other complementary colors in that same family. The design experts at realsimple.com illustrate this concept here with various shades, including gold, butter, and cream. Benjamin Moore’s “Find Your Color” tool offers savvy tips too, with their great range of color collections for any room in the house. The right combination can make a beautifully appealing statement and suit your home for years to come.
Consider a Room’s Function
What purpose does the room serve? Sometimes the function of a room can help select the right color. If you want to create a restful haven in the master bedroom, for example, consider soft and tranquil tones. Create an oasis like feel that helps you wind down after a long day using Benjamin Moore’s gentle green Antique Jade or soothing blue Oceanfront.
The living room, geared up to host gatherings for family and friends, might do well with a burst of crimson from Caliente, Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year. A guest bath would look stunning with a bright pop of color, such as Fiesta Yellow. You could even perk up the laundry room with the fun tropical hues of Miami Teal.
If in doubt about what complementary colors to use for trim, crown moulding, window casings, mantels, etc., to match these tones, the Benjamin Moore site offers suggestions for those as well. They also share inspiration and advice for every room if you need an idea or two. With great tools like this, putting together attractive color combinations is not as hard as you think.
Let Accessories or Nature Lend a Hand
Accessories such as rugs, pillows, and artwork often offer inspiration too. If one of these décor items has colors you like, it can supply the direction and scheme you need. You might choose all the colors or just a few from this inspirational piece. Design suggestions include using the “anchor” or background color of that item for the walls. Use the medium tones for area rugs and flooring, and the remaining colors for accents such as pillows, pictures, knick-knacks and other decorative accessories.
Another way to choose colors for a room is to consider nature’s palette. The darker hues start from the ground up, with earth, rocks, and grass. The medium tones, from trees, oceans, and similar rest around us and at eye level. We often find the lighter hues up and above, like in the clouds and sky. How does this idea translate to decorating indoors? Use the darker shades for area rugs or flooring, medium tones for walls, and light colors for ceilings.
Color not only enlivens and brightens our homes, it helps set the tone for our days. Choosing a pleasing palette customizes our spaces, reflecting our individual personality and style. It’s a great way to create a warm and friendly haven for family and guests all year round.
Color is our business! Our extensive inventory of color swatches comes in every hue imaginable to suit your needs. Stop in soon, grab a cup of coffee, and peruse our selection of quality paints and other home improvement items. We’ll help you select the right shades for every room in your home!