It’s an important decision; painting a room is expensive, and you will have to see the results of your efforts every day. Choosing the right color scheme is about more than just aesthetics: the right color can make you feel as if the room is your sanctuary, whereas the wrong color will irritate you every time you see it. If you ever sell your home, choosing the right color can mean the difference between closing quickly and staying put for a long time. Choosing the right color scheme can be overwhelming, however, and there are thousands of colors and an impressive collection of terms you are expected to learn before picking up the brush. Thankfully, you can reduce the process into the following three easy steps:
You probably know that different colors evoke different moods. Choosing the right dominant color is crucial. For instance, red is invigorating, which is great for the first thing in the morning, but terrible when you’re trying to sleep. The following list will help you choose the right color for each room that you intend to paint:
•Yellow — Yellow denotes happiness and excitement. With its welcoming tone, it’s an ideal choice as the first thing your guests see, such as an entryway or living room. Because it increases metabolism, gives you energy, and is uplifting, it is a common choice for kitchens and dining rooms. However, it is not the best choice as a dominant theme for a home; somewhat ironically, it can also increase tempers. It is the worst choice for a nursery; studies have shown that babies cry more in yellow rooms.
•Red — Like yellow, red boosts adrenaline and increases energy. As a mentally stimulating color, it helps boost productivity in a personal office. It also is a suitable choice for living rooms, dining rooms, or anywhere you’re likely to be when you’re tired but not wanting to sleep. Studies have shown, however, that red increases anxiety and blood pressure, so it is not a right color for a room you want to sleep in, or when you’re likely to be stressed. It can also increase aggression, so if you’re prone to outbursts, avoid red. Darker reds, such as crimson, promote rage and hostility, so you should use it only as an accent, not as the main color.
•Green — Combining the calming effects of blue with the energizing properties of yellow, green balances serenity and stimulation. It is an excellent all-around color for most rooms in the house because it is warm and relaxing. It is particularly favored for the bedroom, as it also promotes fertility. Unlike the previous two colors, there are no known downsides to using green as a dominant color.
•Blue — Calming and serene, blue is a popular choice for bedrooms. Also associated with cleanness, it is also an excellent choice for bathrooms. Studies have shown that blue lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration, thereby decreasing stress levels. Although light and pastel blues are calming, darker hues increase sadness, so it is best to use them as an accent.
•Purple — A color associated with royalty since antiquity, purple communicates luxury and elegance. It is also the color of artists, as it promotes creativity. Dark purples are dramatic and intense, which makes them perfect for craft rooms or any other place where you want to encourage creativity. Lighter shades have the same restful qualities of blue, but with more warmth, making them a common choice for bedrooms.
•Orange — Combining the energizing qualities of both red and yellow, orange dramatically increases energy, making it perfect for an exercise room. However, the same properties that make it excellent for places where you want to improve vigor and focus make it a terrible choice for relaxation. Avoid using orange in bedrooms and living rooms, but consider it for kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, and fitness rooms.
•Neutrals — These colors are flexible, and the addition or subtraction of pigment can create different effects. The general rule is that adding color to a neutral tone speeds things up while taking color away slows things down.
•Black makes a room seem smaller than it is, so you should not use it as the main color. It is, however, a perfect choice for accents.
Once you’ve decided on the right color, then you should choose the tone. Light colors create calming, relaxed, or muted versions of the colors listed above. Darker colors intensify the effects. Additionally, soft colors can make a room seem airy and elegant, whereas darker colors make the room appear small and cozy.
The next thing to do is to choose a color scheme. While many websites go into great detail about color theory, the concept is quite simple. If you want a room to be bold and dramatic, choose the color directly across from your main color on the color wheel. If you want the space to be muted and calm, choose different shades of the same color throughout the room. If you want something in the middle, go across from your dominant color on the wheel and then choose the two colors on either side as accents.
Now that you’ve chosen your color scheme, all that’s left to do is paint the room and enjoy years of quality time in the perfectly colored room.