Tips on Choosing Color Schemes for Your Home

By: Marvinwindows Apr 21, 2009

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Have you ever imagined how a certain color scheme will look in your home and decided to go forward with it only to end up having your home looking entirely different than you originally imagined? Never again. These great tips we found on this Home Decor site will help you prepare better next time you decide to paint. First, consider a color scheme. Here are three common ones:

  • Monochromatic: Uses only one color throughout. Variety is introduced by using various tints, tones, values and shades of that key color and different textures.
  • Complementary: Uses two colors placed opposite each other on the color wheel (e.g. yellow and violet). This scheme is quite bold and lends a dramatic touch.
  • Triadic: Uses three hues placed consecutively or at equal distances from each other (e.g. red, yellow and blue).
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The article also offers helpful, easy steps that a novice can take in deciding color schemes. For example, you can use your favorite pattern as the guide for your color palette:

  1. The lightest color in the pattern can be used for the background, such as wall paint color.
  2. The medium color can be used as your guide for picking large furniture pieces, windows, doors, closets and cabinets.
  3. The darkest color can be used for selecting accessories.

Also, consider the role your room and its size will play:

  1. White and pale colors reflect light more and make the room appear larger.
  2. Dark colors make rooms appear cozier and smaller.

Photo courtesy of Team Dalog via Flickr

This post originally appeared on the MLuxe blog by Berit Griffin

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