Choosing Colors : Adding color, pattern, and texture can be one of the most exciting aspects of decorating your home. Through the use of color, you can express aspects of your personality. Color also allows you to create precisely the mood and atmosphere that you want, and so, as a result, make your home uniquely yours.
The visible spectrum is huge and the color possibilities almost limitless. For example, a red scheme can vary from crimson to scarlet, peach to shocking pink, and it can be adapted to very different living areas. In a formal dining room, lit for evening entertaining, rich crimson tones can be very romantic suffusing the entire decor from tablecloth to patterned fabrics and carpet.
In a sunny family kitchen, the scarlet tones of terracotta tiles, patterned blinds, and a range of accessories can appear to be friendly and inviting. In a bedroom, combining deep and pale tones of rose and peach in the wallpaper, bedspread, and curtains can produce a country style atmosphere For something different in the bathroom, consider set against wallpaper decorated a riot of enormous roses.
You can build an entire color scheme around a single item such as a rug, or a piece of furniture. For example, your imagination may be inspired by a wooden hutch painted a rough apple green color. This color contrasts wonderfully with brown, and so It is ideally suited to a room with a natural wood floor, unpainted brick walls and pine furniture.
The effect you are trying for can be further heightened with additional touches of the same green for example, in cushion covers, painted window frames, and perhaps a few accessories.
Green is the color we associate with living things. So it is an easy hue to live with and a popular choice for schemes. Particularly if you live in a city, it makes sense to bring the colors of nature indoors the varieties of green range from earth green to olive green, emerald to turquoise. Consider enhancing a range of greens with a flush of deep purple for a rich, almost regal effect.
For a color scheme that is strikingly different, consider decorating areas of your home in bold blocks of primary colors. A spacious and sparsely furnished sunny hallway or living room can look warm and welcoming with a daffodil-yellow ceiling, bleached wood floors, orange curtains, and turquoise cushions and accessories set against deep blue-grey walls. This, however, is only one possible color scheme from the myriad available from which you can choose.
Another way to add bold splashes of color is to hand-paint or stencil lively motifs on walls and furniture an ideal treatment for an informal entrance way or kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. The subject of the motif can vary from room to room to reflect changing uses and activities or stay consistent throughout, and so act as a unifying decorative element. in this way, you can begin to build bridges between the approaches in different areas of your home.
As you will see in more am, your choice of colors can make a room seem cramped or spacious, warmer or cooler, brighter or subdued. Knowing which colors to select to achieve the precise effect you want is not always an easy task. The secret of success lies in the skill with which the fabrics, furniture, wallpaper, and decorative objects are selected and mixed. So it is vital to look and learn as much as you can before actually buying anything.
Above Soft pink tones and patterned fabric look perfect in the context of this charming bedroom, offset by the solidity of dark-stained furniture.
Right careful color planing, using bold pattern in checks and colored stripes are united by a continuous color theme. The result is a range of geometric patterns which look part of an integrated theme.
Left Highlights of color and pattern from a floor rug are picked up in the furnishings in the room.
Developing a color sense:
Everyone can develop an eye for harmonious color combinations, and so become aware of how colors and patterns work together explore your own taste and style, observe color combinations in window displays, color magazines, and advertising brochures. Make notes of what you like and and what you don’t, and even cut out interesting pictures and glue them onto a large sheet of paper. You will soon begin to develop your own personal preferences and discover the combinations most pleasing.
There are some broad guideline to help you choice color combinations for your home. For example to emphasize spaciousness, choose a limited range of white, pale pastels, or shades of blue. To give a feeling of intimacy, use plenty of deeper tones and bold colors in the warm red range and include lots of colorful patterns and textures.
Decorating in rich, bright colors will help to enliven a dull, predominantly shady room, while subtle colors and darker tones will subdue a sunny room. Warm bold colors and strong contrasts create a lively and inviting atmosphere, while cool tones and subtle contrasts create more of a calm and relaxed environment.
Despite all these “rules,” using color is a very personal matter. Color like music varies enormously in the mood and atmosphere it creates, and we all have our own taste. So allow your own style and taste to develop as you plan have confidence in whatever colors appeal to you, and have fun!
Above Bold blocks of primary color have been successfully employed here to create an unusual and striking decor for his children’s room.
Below Green is a popular choice for a decorating scheme. This unusual variations on the theme incorporate a suffusion of turquoise.