How To Choose A Colour Scheme

How To Choose A Colour Scheme

When I say “It’s the Most Wonderful time of the year”, I am not referring to Christmas but rather that time of year when parents breathe a sigh of relief! The kids are back in school and its time to think about being indoors again. Maybe its time to give your home a fresh new look.
When choosing colors to use for your home décor it's important to think about the mood you want to create. Do you want it to feel light and airy or cozy and intimate?

When I say “It’s the Most Wonderful time of the year”, I am not referring to Christmas but rather that time of year when parents breathe a sigh of relief! The kids are back in school and its time to think about being indoors again. Maybe its time to give your home a fresh new look.

When choosing colors to use for your home décor it's important to think about the mood you want to create. Do you want it to feel light and airy or cozy and intimate?

Color is a very important aspect of the design of any room. It can create a mood, or bring a memory flooding back, good or bad. Colors can bring out the best in us…and the worst, they can bring out many emotions…happy, sad, angry, relieve stress and help us sleep better at night. So how do we know which colors are the best for what we need? We often hear terms like warm colors and cool colors, but what do they really mean?

Warm colors, located on one side of the color wheel, are colors with warm undertones such as red-orange, reds, yellows and yellow-greens. These colors are radiant and cozy and tend to remind us of warm things like heat and sunshine. As warm colors seem to advance, they make small rooms appear smaller and large rooms seem more intimate.

Located opposite warm colors on the color wheel, are cool colors with cool undertones. These include purples, blues and blue-greens. Cool colors can have a calming effect and they appear to recede, making a room appear larger. Because these tones can make a room feel colder, these colors work well in a sunny room and may not be as comforting in a room with little natural light

Warm colors are associated with heightened emotions and passion as well as joy and playfulness making them a good choice for rooms that see a lot of activity such as the kitchen. Cool colors make you feel calm, relaxed and refreshed. Their receding effect can even make you feel very relaxed and thoughtful, as though you are losing yourself in an endless blue sky. That's why cool hues are a natural for bedrooms and baths, places where we go to unwind and relax.  

When choosing a room’s color scheme, a balance is best achieved with a mix of warm and cool colors. An important thing to remember when dealing with both warm and cool colors is that no room should have just one. If you want your room to be cozy, use warm colors for the dominant scheme and add a few elements that incorporate cool colors (and vice versa). As with all elements of decorating it's important to have some balance and contrast.

 

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