Painting our homes is often accompanied by paint-color procrastination. It is a daunting task for many, and they have fair reasons to justify the same. The colors used in the house determine a lot of things, including how you feel throughout the day, to how others feel and the impression they have when they visit your home. It is a Herculean task to paint your house, considering the amount of effort that goes into first selecting the textures, colors, etc. and then moving all your furniture around your home to keep them off the walls. Thus, you can't afford to settle down on the wrong color and then get your house re-painted again. However, thanks to the Internet, you have a lot of samples and options to draw inspiration from. In this article, we will try to take some burden off your shoulders, by providing you with some tips which will help you narrow down your quest for the perfect palette for your walls.
Where to take inspiration from?
There are a plethora of options for you to look into and select your color scheme. Here is an in-exhaustive list of a few of the sources you might draw inspiration from:
1. Artwork: Artists are masters when it comes to combining lights and colors. You can choose the same colors you see in artwork or select the complementary color as well.
2. Try different shades: Do not rush while choosing the colors. If one shade of color does not suit your home, it need not be the case that all shades of that color will be imperfect for your house. Select lighter or darker shades of the colors and see if they check the right boxes.
3. Historical inspiration: We all know the royal architecture of the 80’s and 90’s is still looked up to and admired. You might draw inspiration from the same as well. There are different tints like Damask Yellow, Pale Sung Cream, etc., which are soothing, yet unique at the same time.
4. Print fabric: This is the most common thing you will come across. Look for the prints in curtains, garments, beddings, etc. If you want a contrasting color, go for the bold and vibrant colors used in print. In case you want to stick to lighter shades, go for the colors used in the finer prints.
Selecting the color scheme
Once you’re done taking inspiration, the first step you need to take to give your house a fresh look is to choose a color scheme. The colors that you choose depending on a few factors such as the colors of the other furnishings of your house, your personality, the lighting of your home, and so on. Some people choose to keep the walls neutral and focus on bringing in the contrast on their furnishings; whereas some choose to use contrasting colors in the adjoining walls. It is thus a wise decision to select your furniture first, and then take on the task of adding splashes to your walls. You might also need to look into the outdoor faux topiary as well to match the color scheme with theirs. The selection of your color scheme and consideration of the factors as mentioned above go hand-in-hand. Generally, there are four possible color schemes for you to choose from:
1. Monochromatic: In this scheme, a color scheme is selected. And it is lightened or darkened by the addition of white or black to the color. Hues of the same color are chosen in this scheme.
2. Contrast: This scheme is used by the ones who want their walls to reflect the energy of their house. This leaves a dramatic impression on the walls. Colors such as red and purple, yellow and orange are used, which contrast themselves.
3. Analogous: Colours appearing adjacent to each other are used in this scheme. This allows one to have multiple shades on their walls while providing a smooth transition from one color to another. According to this scheme, yellow can be used with orange or green, and blue can be used with purple or green.
4. Complementary: Here, two opposing colors are used, which impart a high energy and sport a bold look. Blue with orange is an example of the colors that can be used in this scheme.
Where to start while choosing the colors?
Most of the times, it is preferable to start from the entrance, i.e., your hallway or your entrance. Generally, this is the largest room of most of the houses. So, if you manage to get the colors of this room right, the chances are that you will be able to decide on the colors of your other rooms quite easily since you have a benchmark to start from. You might draw the plan on a piece of paper and color it to understand the aesthetics better. You can also select a square part of the area on the wall, fetch a small amount of your desired shade from the shop, and paint it in that small area. Let your imaginations do the rest of the job and try to visualize how it will look on the entire wall.
In case you own a duplex, you might want to separate the colors of the different floors. Connected bedrooms should have a flow in them by using different shades of the same color. The rooms of your kids should generally be painted in bright colors, while the guest rooms or the master bedrooms might have soothing colors. The outdoor faux topiary will also play a pivotal role in deciding the color scheme in case you want to have a flow in our indoor and outdoor decorations. You can paint the staircase and the hallways with a lighter shade.
Make sure to keep calm while selecting the colors and don’t make hasty decisions. There are specialized sites and apps as well, which can help you decide on the colors of your wall. There are numerous videos available as well, which can guide you to make the right decision. These might not suggest the exact colors but will surely guide you on how to get hold of the perfect palette. Painting your house is needed in case you have a special occasion, or you are planning to sell your home.