Renovating a space in your home or apartment can be a trying task. Choosing new fixtures, appliances, furniture and decor can be a seemingly endless task. The countless trips to Home Depot in search of a sconce or that isn’t absolutely appalling, only to come back empty handed every time.
One such common struggle is choosing colors for a repaint of your home. There are a plethora of decisions to be made when tackling this task, from choosing finishes to deciding whether or not to refinish the drywall to simply deciding what color to make that decrepit old closet in the master bedroom.
These decisions will all have different outcomes depending on your personal taste and commitment to the remodel, but we can help you make one of these choices: paint color! The colors you choose for a space can have a tremendous impact on how the space feels, how light dissipates in the space, and how the size of the space is perceived.
in this article, we’ll be taking you on a tour of the color palette. From the cool mountain rivers and ranges of deep blue and green to the summery valleys and meadows of red and gold to the snow covered peaks of white and grey. We’ll also look at which tones are best for each space in your home, from small cramped closets to wide open living rooms and kitchens. Let’s get started!
Whites and off-whites
This section of the color palette is among the most neutral, and colors from this part of the palette are great for making spaces feel bright, open and cheery. These colors are great for making small areas feel bigger, so use them liberally in spaces that you want to appear more open and inviting.
As an added bonus, they go with just about any decor and furniture you might have, so you probably won’t have to do much redecorating. These colors are a solid pick for any area of your home, from living rooms to closets to bathrooms; just be sure to choose an accent color that isn’t much darker than the base color.
Blues and blue-greens
For a cooler, more aquatic vibe, blues and greens are always a great choice. These colors create a very relaxed ambiance, and establish a laid back atmosphere in your home. Because of the long wavelength of these colors, light won’t dissipate as easily, so be sure to use this in areas with lots of natural or artificial light.
As far as decor is concerned, blues and greens harmonize very nicely with nature themed decor and furniture, preferably those with more muted tones such as dark greens, grays or conversely, cool whites and grays. Use it as the color for a bathroom remodel, bedroom remodel and any other space with an abundance of natural or warm artificial light.
This section of the color palette lends itself to an energetic, upbeat feeling. With a relatively long wavelength, these colors are great at dissipating light and making rooms feel brighter and more alive. A word to the wise: these colors can easily feel overwhelming or overpowering, so be sure to balance them with lighter neutral colors or a more muted shade of red or gold.
Because of the bright, overstated look these colors create they go great with understated decor that compliments and subdues the natural high-energy look they create. Use it for spaces in which you want to create a warm, upbeat tone and energy, such as living rooms, rec-rooms or bedrooms. As an added bonus, it’s great as a creative idea for Valentine’s day gift as part of a room remodel!
One important thing to note here is that you should be careful not to choose a red that is too bright, as this can be overwhelming and hurt the eyes, ultimately detracting from the aesthetics of your apartment. It can also appear gaudy and distasteful, so use red carefully!
Blacks and greys
Black and grey are the colors of professionalism and utilitarianism. They create an atmosphere that doesn’t distract from what is happening in the space, and don’t demand attention. They’re great for achieving an atmosphere of productivity and professionalism, where you can work or study without distraction. Depending on how dark the shade is, you may have to install additional lighting to compensate for the light absorbing properties of these colors.
The neutrality of these colors make them compatible with virtually any decor, so you shouldn’t have to put too much effort into redecorating and redesigning. Use them in offices, studies, studios and any other space where you want to establish an atmosphere of productivity and efficiency.
This group of colors conjures feelings of harmony, peace and nature, especially when darker, more muted tones are chosen and appropriate accent colors are chosen. They are great for creating a soothing atmosphere that is subdued and non-threatening. Depending on what shade you spring for, you may need to compensate for the light absorbing qualities of the color with artificial lighting.
Due to their inherent association with nature, these tones pair well with nature themed decor and furniture, especially those centered around exposed finished and unfinished wood grain. Because of how cool and calm these tones are, they’re great for any space in which you want to create a calming atmosphere, with undertones of safety and security, so they’re a great choice for bedrooms, studies, nurseries etc.
Browns and beiges
Another very neutral section of the color scale encompasses shades of brown and beige. These colors are conducive to a calm, earthy atmosphere and are great for creating a laid back, soothing feeling in your home. Because of their neutrality, these colors mesh well with many different types of decor, and you shouldn’t have to do much refurbishing or redecorating to make the theme of your home work with these colors.
Depending on how dark a shade you choose, you may need to augment the natural lighting with artificial lighting, but light accent colors can offset a dark wall or two. In general, this is a great pick for children’s bedrooms, master bedrooms and even living rooms or kitchens depending on the theme of your home.
When undertaking a renovation, it can be a daunting task to choose color schemes; when staring at the overwhelming number of different tones, shades and finishes, it might seem nearly impossible. Hopefully, we’ve sparked some ideas for how you can show your creative vision for your remodel through a tasteful selection of colors.
There are many other things to be considered when remodeling, of course, but with something as important as this, you’ll want to do it right the first time around, to avoid costly and time consuming repaints. If you do it right, it can add a ton of value to your home! Don’t stress though; with a little care, you’re sure to have your home looking brand new in no time!
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I always prefer white and off-white for my home and different colors in kids room.