While it can be said that there are some beautiful monochromatic homes out there, they never truly feel like home. Creating a color palette for your home is fun and exciting, and can take an otherwise mundane looking room to the next level. You’ll need to pay attention and consider a few key points, but I promise it’s all worth it.
1: Why should I create a color story for my home?
Have you ever walked into a house, whether it be your friends or a show home, and immediately felt invited in and welcomed? Chances are that home used color in a way that felt appealing to the eye. They used these colors throughout the house to create a personal touch, and more importantly, to make it feel like home.
2: Finding the right color(s).
When searching for the perfect home color palette, keep in mind how color changes our mood and mindset. Saturation and brightness are two very important factors to consider. Saturation is how pure a color is, so the less saturated it is the less vibrant it is. Brightness is exactly what it sounds like, how bright a color is. Think of red, and the difference between a fresh strawberry, compared to a glass of Cabernet wine.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing colors is warmth vs coolness. Warm colors are inviting and as the name suggests, actually make a room cozier. Using these in bedrooms, movie areas, and dens, brings a nice feeling to these rooms. Cool colors typically make rooms feel more spacious. They are a good fit for a living room, hallway, or even the kitchen where you might have a gathering.
A good rule of thumb is to choose no less than 3, and no more than 5 colors that complement each other and work well together in the space. Let them accent your home in a way that isn’t overbearing or excessive for any one color.
Check out Sherwin-Williams inspiration gallery for ideas on your homes pallet.
3: How should I implement color into my home?
Every room or space is going to have different needs, but some of the most beautiful homes are somewhat consistent throughout the home. When done tastefully, color repetition can completely transform a space.
Consider your spaces limitations before you start anything. You might not want a black accent wall in a dark 200 sq ft room with one small window. That being said, an accent wall is a great way to add life to a white-walled living room. If you’re thinking about an accent wall, adding in smaller pops of the same or a similar color is a great way to draw the eye through the space.
If you have a small living room, think about hanging artwork or putting up shelves with accent items such as potted plants on them to keep the ground space clean and clutter free. Other areas to incorporate accent colors are items such as: pillows, seat cushions, curtains, and more permanent furnishes like backsplashes or countertops.