Redecorating your home can be both fun and intimidating, particularly when you face all the options available to you. And when it comes to wall color schemes, things can also seem risky, indeed. But you don’t need to feel overwhelmed by the ordeal; just take things one step at a time.
Assess each room individually. Make notes as to the amount of natural light each receives, the kind of lighting you are using, and the colors that will best complement the natural architectural features of your home.
Take a close look at the carpeting, flooring and woodwork to help guide you in your choices. A particularly useful tool would be a color wheel, something you can pick up at any paint, interior design, or home improvement store. Color wheels are used to determine complementary colors for selecting the best combination of hues for a room.
When you have decided on the color palette that best suits the space, start with the lighter shades for walls, medium for furniture and windows (or contrasts).
Lighter shades like cream, whites, lemon and ivory can make a space look larger. Use lighter shades as the base or neutral color and play with contrast and bolder shades for the rest of the décor.
You should also have an “eye resting point,” where all of the colors break even. This shouldn’t be anything too big or too loud. A vase, bowl or painting that highlights the room’s accents and harmonizes the interiors will serve the purpose nicely.
People tend to prefer the boldest use of colors on fabrics like cushions, curtains and mats. Try to repeat colors in an equal proportion throughout the room, and in 3 or 4 places. As a general rule, a good color ratio is to go with 60% in lighter tones, 30% in mid-range, and just 10% in the brightest accent colors.
Play within the rules, but when it comes to creativity, don’t overlook your own power. Create a space that reflects your taste and individuality.