One of the greatest misconceptions when it comes to the job of an interior designer is that all they do is think about the layout of the home. In reality, the color palette used in home decoration can be even more important. You see, the right shade of color can make your room appear open, closed, huge or tiny, all depending on your designer’s choice. Although far from simple, choosing the right color palette for your home is not exactly a rocket science.
Here are a few ground rules you need to learn about.
Monochromatic Living Space
One of the styles that has gained prominence in the past few years is definitely Scandinavian minimalism. A lot of people make a mistake assuming this has only to do with the number of items in the room, which is not entirely true. The number of colors used in the room decoration is another issue that needs to find its way on this list. When you come to think of it, there is no reason why you shouldn’t go with the so-called monochromatic style, using only one color but in different nuances. This particular technique can have a relaxing effect, which is why it is the most popular in bedrooms and living rooms.
Another way you can toy around with colors and use them to alter the perception of the room is by applying so-called vertical gradation system. Items that are in darker hues need to be near the floor, while those that are closer to the ceiling should be lighter. In a way, this mimics the pallet of colors seen in nature, where nuances get lighter the higher you go.
Every Home is Different
Next thing you should keep in mind is that there is no universal solution for every home. Don’t forget Different layouts, styles and tastes require different nuances. A home design is like a fingerprint, each one is completely unique and the optimal color setting should be chosen according to its dominant style. If the two rooms are connected, you need to look at them as one continuous entity and adjust your palette to this. You could even paint and equip them as a single room.
Psychology of colors
Finally, you need to have in mind that different colors have unique effects on our mood. For example, it is known that brown and dark orange reduce your appetite while green and yellow enhance it. This is something that people who are trying to gain/lose weight should take into consideration when painting their dining area or kitchen. Colors that help us relax, like lavender, blue and pale gray are perfect for a bedroom, while those that help us focus like turquoise and dark purple are ideal for a home office. By choosing the right color you are not only making your home visually more appealing, but you are also enhancing each room’s practicality. Day in and out, this kind of living space enhancement could significantly change your life for the better.
At the end of the day, even the greatest workaholics and outdoorsmen begin and end their days at home. Watching a single composition of colors day after day may subtly swing your mood and in this way affect everything that you do. It goes without saying that this alone makes the entire ordeal more than worth your while. It also gives you freedom to make a home you always wanted for a relatively low cost. For those with two story homes, you could decorate them independently in two completely different styles. It simply doesn’t get any better than that.