When it comes to redecorating, half the problem is deciding what colors you want to change the rooms to. With more color options for paint and wallpapers, it would appear as if there were no texture or shade you couldn’t find, and the whole “color match” idea that many DIY stores now have has just made the process a little bit easier for us all!
We all know what colors we love; the ones that we are drawn to for whatever reason. This is always one of the best places to start when it comes to choosing the colors for your home. After all, you want the place to be a happy place, and what better to make a start at this than with your favorite colors? You may love lime green, but that doesn’t just limit you to that one particular color. Even in with the term “lime green” you will find a million other shades, going just lighter and darker than these – this could be the perfect place to start your home color palette.
The same applies for the other way around as well – you will want to avoid colors that you can’t stand in your home. However, just because you hate the color “brown”, doesn’t mean that you can’t have brown at all in your home. Take mahogany, for example – you could detest this color of brown, but the caramel hues that you see in magazines for interior design everywhere these days could be a shade of brown that you love – it’s all about finding shades that you can live and work with, and taking it from there.
Speaking of interior design magazines; cut out pictures and shades of color that you have fallen in love with and pop it on your notice board, in a folder, or even just in a drawer to remind yourself of all the hues that you love. This is the perfect place to start if you really have no idea on what color schemes that you would love in your home. For example, you may see a picture of a beautiful purple flower with dark green leaves in a gardening magazine – cut it out. It obviously appealed to you for some reason, so why not make use of it? This is not to say that you MUST have a front room that has dark green floors and beautiful purple walls, but it does mean that you could incorporate the colors together in some sort of fashion. For example, a pale floor with white or cream walls, and just accents of these green and purple colors that you have seen could work effortlessly. Sometimes, you don’t have to change the floors or walls in a room at all, you can just change the entire effect of the room with simple accessories and carefully placed items, such as curtains, vases, cushions, throws, blankets and much more.
If you are still unsure of the colors and styles that you would like to go in your home, take a quick look in your closet. This will usually be a great giveaway as to the colors that you should have in your home. For example, if you have lots of sequined items of clothing, you are probably going to love metallic finishes around the room. If you have a mass of red clothes, and very little of other colors, then red could be a great starting point for your room. This doesn’t mean one shade of bright red – it could mean lots of shades of different reds, all carefully blended together to create the perfect finish.
Once upon a time, color palettes for homes were clear cut and simple – you had one color accent, one main color and everything else was based around these two concepts. These days however, you are not limited to the styles of colors that you can have in a room. For example, you could have beautiful cream and white colors of shabby chic furniture, combined with ultra modern flashes of greens and blues, or even a mix-match of colors entirely, such as Moroccan and Eastern themes, with lots of purples, reds, blues and other rich, fascinating colors.
Inspiration for your home color palette should come from anywhere and everywhere – that day trip to the beach with your family when your son or daughter found that beautiful creamy colored shell, or that trip to the cinema with a loved one and those rich, plush red chairs. Even something as small and insignificant as a flower or an insect could give you the starting point for your ideas to flourish, and you will also find that the internet will be the greatest help you could ever hope for!