Choosing the right interior colors is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make as a homeowner. Colors can set the mood, create an inviting ambiance, and reflect your personality. Whether you’re starting a new design project or renovating your existing space, selecting the perfect color palette can be quite daunting. With endless shades, tones, and hues out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Start with inspiration.
The first step in selecting your interior colors is to get inspired. Start by flipping through home decoration magazines, scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest, or design blogs. Collect images of spaces that speak to you, regardless of their palettes. Notice what colors repeat. Do you see more blues and greens or warmer oranges and yellows? Pull out colors and themes that draw you in.
Your space’s lighting can make a significant difference in how colors appear. Spaces with north-facing windows or low light will receive cooler colors, while those with south-facing windows or lots of light will receive warmer hues. If you’re not sure about how much natural light your space gets, you can use a light meter to measure the light source and go for colors that compliment your lighting.
Choose a mood you want to set.
Color can have a significant impact on mood and ambiance. If you want a peaceful, calming environment, you might go for muted blues, pale greens, or soft grays. On the other hand, if you’re after an energizing space, brighter colors like yellows or warm reds could be perfect.
Use the 60-30-10 Rule.
A useful rule of thumb when selecting interior colors is the 60-30-10 rule. This rule suggests that 60% of your house’s color should be a dominant shade, 30% should be a secondary color, and the remaining 10% can be an accent color (very rarely do we do accents anymore). This approach ensures that you have a visually balanced space with a welcoming appeal.
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Experiment and test.
The most critical aspect of selecting interior colors is to test. Samples of paint, fabric, and wallpaper early on so you can see how the colors look in your space. Paint a few different sections of your room and observe them during various times of the day to see how they change with light. Ask friends or family members to test the colors as well; they might offer a different perspective that you hadn’t thought of.
Picking interior colors can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Start by finding inspiration, considering lighting, and choosing the mood you want to set. Use the 60-30-10 rule to help balance your colors and don’t forget to experiment and test. Above all, don’t be afraid to have fun and express yourself with your color choices! With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a beautiful, welcoming space that reflects your personality.