embrace color…
stepping outside the neutral

No Color Room

Decorating with color can seem intimidating. What if you don’t like it? Sure, it looks great on the home décor website, but how realistic is it to live with? If you’ve ever craved a bit of color in your life, but held back because you feared it just wasn’t good for day-to-day life, keep reading. We’ve assembled easy tips to make color really work… really.

  • Start with a color you love, no matter whether it’s in at the moment, it will always be “on trend” in your space.
  • Blend in strong colors – bold colors will feel jarring unless you also consider trim and ceiling color.
  • Embrace earthy tones and natural hues of blue, green, beige and taupe for soothing, livable color schemes.
  • For perfect wall colors, find a version of your favorite color that is muted with gray.
  • Choose the best paint you can afford, and opt for low- or no-VOC versions. The finish will be better and you’ll have a more livable and sustainable space.
  • If you find a color you love, but dear it’s too dark, try a 50-percent tint of the color.
  • Look at your paint colors throughout the day and under natural and artificial light. Make sure to put them near your furniture as well.
  • When shopping for paint, bring along a piece of drapery fabric or a pillow to help make better color choices.
  • Warmer colors, like reds, yellows and oranges, are energizing; while cooler blues, greens and grays are calming.
  • Flow to or three colors in each room – like an accent wall in the dining room reflected in the master bedroom bedding – it gives a more cohesive, designer look.
  • Save super strong wall colors for “statement” rooms that are visited less – the library, a guest room or powder room.
  • Got a favorite color? You can take almost anything to the paint store to have the color matched.
  • Choose your colors based on the room’s use – morning rooms should be brighter and rooms used at night can go darker.
  • Give yourself permission to go bold. You don’t have to use bold color everywhere – a throw or a pillow might be enough.
  • Analogous colors (those close to each other on the color wheel) tend to be calming. Colors that are farther apart, complementary colors, add contrast and drama.
  • Don’t rely on paint chips. Paint a sample board and move it around the room.
  • Consider the monochromatic approach and use different intensities of the same color in different ways throughout the room.
  • An unexpected pop of color – trim on a pillow, lining on a curtain panel – can add a touch of color that’s very easy to live with.
  • Get inspired by the places and spaces you really love and work to recreate that feeling with your color choices.
  • If you have an open floor plan, avoid choosing drastically different colors for each space. Keeping colors harmonious makes the space feel more cohesive and comfortable.
  • Walls aren’t the only places for painted color. You’ve also got ceilings, floors, stair treads and risers, doors and trim and more. Have fun with it.
  • Layer bolder colors with neutrals to balance the color in your room.
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