Choosing colours to paint the walls of your home is quite an enjoyable process. But more often than not we tend to go overboard and consequently colours which seem compatible when choosing might turn out to clash with each other on actual application. In order to prevent this from happening, certain definite rules need to be followed like:
Define the look you want first: Different rooms fulfil different needs and colours need to be chosen depending on them like:
For a subtle and soothing look, a monochromatic approach works best. Hence using different hues of the same colour tends to create an atmosphere which has a restful and calming effect.
To add a slightly romantic flavour to the room, soft shades of lavender, pinks, blues and yellows make for ideal options.
To bring out the inherent elegance of a room, choose neutral colours like rust, mahogany, beige, garnet, white etc., as they offer greater flexibility by way of designing the decor of the room.
Choosing to make a room look vibrant calls for a bold decision with regards to the selection of the paint colours. While shades of gold, oranges, dark purples and reds offer a good palette for colour selection, a combination of two complementary colours adds an extra zing to the room.
Take a note of interconnecting rooms: This is because these rooms are visible from one another and hence the colour schemes and patterns chosen should be complementary. Clashing colours when visibly moving from one room to the next tends to be quite off-putting and creates a sense of disharmony.
Making the biggest centrally located room your focal point: Generally the living room is the most centrally located room with other rooms radiating out from it. Hence choosing the colour scheme for this room first will ensure that your whole house palette is well co-ordinated.
Building the whole house palette using hues of the same colour: Setting one colour scheme for the whole house makes it easier to select colours for different rooms. Also it ensures that all the colours blend easily with each other irrespective of whether you choose a bold, subtle, neutral or earthy hue.
Working separately on different floors of the same house: For houses which have more than one storey, the staircase provides the connecting link. Choosing different colours and schemes for the different storeys offer a change of mood. The colour scheme or pattern of the staircase should be such that it is gradually able to acclimatise one with this change.
Taking the outdoors into account: While we spend quality time on the paint colour selection for the interiors of the house, we tend to ignore the outdoors. Colours chosen for the outdoors can either be an extension of the indoor house colour theme or be environmentally inspired.
Use interconnecting spaces to acclimatise: Interconnecting spaces within the house provide for a great way to subtly introduce the changeover from the colour scheme of one room to that of the next. Neutral colours work best in this regard and should be liberally used in interconnecting spaces.
Selecting the colour patterns for your home is a fun exercise wherein all family members get involved. But it is an even more enjoyable experience to see the effects of the colour scheme applied, unfold before your eyes. So choose wisely while taking a practical yet emotional approach.