Our homes are and should be a reflection of our personality, our lives and the stories they tell. Not often do we give much thought into the colors that we use in our home. Sometimes we just go with what we like. The colors we use in our home can influence our thoughts and moods.
If you've already read and downloaded our Ultimate Guide to Choosing Color In Your Home, you may be thinking "oh that's great stuff, but how exactly do I add color to my home?" We are going to walk you through why color is so important, help you tap into your creative side, and give you another FREE guide to help you find your comfort zone with color.
Choosing colors that work
Think about how different colors make you feel. Choose colors that create the mood you want for the space you're decorating. If you need help, look to magazines, Pinterest, and other photos that inspire you. Take note of the feeling you experience and the colors in the photo.
What mood do you want to create?
Once you find something that you like, choose no more than three or four colors for your space. Too many colors can make a room look busy or cluttered. I recommend always choosing the colors and patterns of larger elements first, like flooring and furniture, and paint color last.
Colors can be either active, passive, or neutral in a space. They can create energy or calmness. Light colors give the feel of open and airy spaces. Looking to create a cozy, more intimate setting? Then darker colors are your friend.
Need a little more help deciding on what color to use? Read our Guide to Choosing Color In Your Home. If you're ready to move forward and have an idea of what colors you like, let's talk about where to use those.
Finding your comfort zone.
Let's go back to your Pinterest boards and look through those photos that inspire you. Try to find a continuing theme with your choices. Do you tend to favor rooms that are understated with color or do they have small amounts of color that is used in accessories throughout? Maybe you like bold and vibrant color to fill the room.
Our free guide will walk you through a simple three step process to discovering your comfort zone with color. We also give you guidelines on where to use color depending on your comfort zone. Whether you like a monochromatic look, small splashes of color, or color all over, we have answers.
Download our FREE Guide - worksheet included!
Lastly, I want to share one more guide with you when using color in a room. It's called the 60-30-10 rule. Now, normally I'm all about going against the rules when it comes to decorating and creating your own style. But sometimes we need some guidelines to point us in the right direction.
One more time, I want you to go back to those photos on Pinterest or in the magazines that inspire you. Do you notice that the rooms you like are divided into 60-30-10?
- 60% dominant color
- 30% secondary color
- 10% accent color
Let's break it down this way:
- 60% of the room color is the walls
- 30% of the room color is upholstery and fabrics, like curtains or furniture
- 10% of the room color is accent pieces like throw pillows, floral arrangements, wall decor.
This is the guide you may want to use when adding color to your space depending on your comfort zone which we identify in our free guide download.
Compromising in your comfort zone
One more thing to tie this all together. Unless you have been given free reign over the decorating of your space, I guarantee you that your family has opinions on the use of color in the home as well. If you have gathered input from your family and found that you don't have the same comfort zone when it comes to color, do not fret my friend.
Compromise and get creative! Agree to letting your partner having a say in the room(s) they use the most. (can you say Man Cave?) If you like a more cohesive look, but your family likes a more vibrant color scheme, consider making a compromise that allows everyone to express their style through decorative accents or fabrics.
When you just can't seem to agree on anything, then it's time to search for ways to tie your styles together. Some call it eclectic, I call it your personal story that is unique to you and your family. Remember there is no right or wrong. Only what YOU like and what works best for your home and your family.
Now let's get busy finding your comfort zone and creating the haven you deserve!