Create A Color Scheme For Home Decor. Choosing a color scheme for any part of your home can be a daunting task. Luckily, bathrooms are normally one of the smallest rooms in the house, and one of the easiest to decorate. As with any room in your home, the most important part about choosing a color scheme for your bathroom is to go with the colors and decor that you like, not just what is trendy or shown in magazines. We spend a decent amount of time in our bathrooms, so it’s important that we like what we see each time we’re in the room.
Your first step in choosing a color scheme for your bathroom will be to determine whether the room will show color through paint or accent decor. If you decide to paint a wall a bold color, like red, chances are that you will need to tone down the decor a little so as not to overwhelm the space. If you go with a more neutral wall color, like twine or white, you can be a bit more creative with the color of the decor.
For bathrooms that are painted a color other than white or beige, let that wall color be the point that you work from to choose the rest of the color scheme for the bathroom. Remember that rugs, towels, shower curtains, pictures and any other accent pieces should either be a neutral color, or complement the color of the walls. For example, if you have a red accent wall in the bathroom, you’ll want your rugs to be black or beige, or a color that will match the red, such as a burnt orange. As a general rule, there should not be much else in the bathroom that exactly matches the color of a bold painted wall.
Bathrooms that are painted a neutral color have a little more wiggle room in terms of picking a color scheme. Choose rugs, towels, cup holders, paintings and other decor in a color that you love. Or, choose two colors that complement each other, such as teal and brown. A few splashes of colors in key places can turn a bland bathroom into a beautiful space. You can also choose a lovely shower curtain as the base for the color scheme in a neutral bathroom and pull out colors from that curtain to use as rugs or in a painting that is displayed in the bathroom.
No matter what color scheme you choose for your bathroom, you’ll also want to be sure that your hardware match. While you do have some flexibility in metal finishes that work well together (such as a brushed nickel and a brushed silver), keep in mind that the type of hardware needs to look cohesive. A modern chrome faucet will look silly in a bathroom that features a claw-foot tub and bronze cabinet hardware. Since bathrooms are normally so small, it’s important that every element of the room works together to create one harmonious space. Avoid clutter with decor and if possible, always go with the motto that less is more when dealing with bathrooms.
Choosing a color scheme for your home can be a daunting task. It is overwhelming to think that the colors you select will look different once on the walls, and that the work will have to be redone. Colors often intimidate us because we may like a certain shade, but when it appears on an entire wall it takes on a whole new effect for us. This phenomenon is so common that many people simply opt for white walls just because they fear making a mistake that will cost them time, money and a slightly injured pride. But the truth is, color is what gives personality and style to a space. By shying away from color you will be left with a blank, empty feeling inside the home that no amount of paintings or accessories will fix. So here are a few tips to help you get started in selecting the color scheme for your home.
1.) Take a good look around
Chances are, even though you are doing a redecorating project there are elements of your current look that you find appealing. Choose from one of these elements a color. For example, you may have a favorite Persian rug, oil painting or furniture upholstery. Choose a color from one of these items, and you will have a starting point for your color scheme. For instance, a favorite, prominent oil painting which hangs in the hall may have a dark green color on the canvas. This green can be carried into the foyer or living room, or to the kitchen, which allows you to tie the color scheme to the entire home.
2.) When in doubt, go beige
If you are completely lost when it comes to color, you may need a nudge in the right direction. Some artistic skill comes naturally, but design is something learned over time. The beginner should know that most colors are better than white walls, and that there are a few color schemes that, though may be less than inspired, will never do harm to a room. Simple, soft colors like beige and other earth tones will give a room depth and warmth without giving a room a harsh look or clashing with an existing decor. If you’re just starting out, consider giving your living room some quality wallpaper in a beige shade. You will not be disappointed.
3.) Use mathematics
Relax, it’s easier than it sounds. All design has a mathematical component. Every room can be broken down into parts. Each of those parts can be given a color, and so long as those colors don’t horribly clash, what you will end up with is a professionally designed room. Think of it this way: the walls make up 60 percent of the space. The furniture 30 percent. And accessories 10 percent. With three colors, you can create a color scheme for any room. If you are unsure of the colors to choose, refer to #2. Go earth tones. Soft colors that are easy to match.
JM Kee is a designer and writer with Interior Place, Philadelphia’s leading supplier of interior decor and gifts. We help decorators, designers and hobbyists bring their own style to each project. At Interior Place, beauty is always on the inside.
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