Creating a color palette can feel like an overwhelming task due to the infinite number of possibilities, but with a little guidance it can be a fun and engaging project. Below we’ve provided some color theory basics to get you started. Color is the key element of any interior décor, and the associations that colors have in the human mind can define an area’s function in the home or workspace.
Cool colors have a relaxing and rejuvenating effect. Greens and blues are good for contemplative and cleansing areas such as a reading room, bedroom, or master bath.
Warm colors have an energizing and engaging effect; reds, yellows, and oranges will lift people’s spirits and get them interacting with each other. Warm colors are great in areas where you plan to entertain.
The versatility of neutral colors is truly underappreciated: they blend a soothing and welcoming environment with a sense of activity. Neutral colors exude elegance, sophistication, and a touch of drama. They are great for multipurpose living areas, offices, and meeting rooms.
Depth and Perception
Color can also be used to alter the appearance of space. Darker, warmer colors ‘reach’ out to you, making dark ceiling appear lower and dark rooms feel cozier. Lighter and cooler colors recede; rooms painted with those colors feel more expansive.
For a real sense of coordination consider a monochromatic color scheme which consists exclusively of various shades of the same color; these fit nicely in bathrooms, nurseries, or themed rooms.
When choosing a color palette make sure it incorporates the colors of your existing furnishings and décor. Also be sure to consider the amount of light the area will receive, as this can alter the ‘value’ of the color, making it appear brighter or darker. Try to develop a cohesive color palette; although variety is the spice of life, too much variety can feel chaotic and discordant.