By Maggie Glynn
If you want your home to feel well-correlated and thoughtfully designed, make sure you address the color scheme of each and every room. Try to keep a good flow to your space by incorporating colors from one room subtly into the aesthetic of another room. Keep the following tips on current color trends in mind while decorating.
There seems to be a monochromatic wave hitting the fashion world lately, and it may seem hard to bring into your home. There are a few ways to play up neutral colors, however, that are more simple than you may think.
First of all, let’s discuss the benefits of using neutrals. It allows you to easily relate each room to the other, allowing you to incorporate different shades of each room into your design throughout your home. Your living room, dining room and kitchen should all seem to have a natural flow to them. You can incorporate beige shades from your living room into your kitchen by adding beige decor, or adding some beige candles to your dining room table. If you try to keep all of these spaces relatively neutral, it makes it easier to blend styles between rooms. Try to keep this in mind while decorating.
One way to make a neutral room seem less dull would be to add pops of color, whether it be darker furniture pieces or bold art statements. Or, if a room has a beautiful view out the window, try to draw your guests’ eyes to this scene by keeping colors in that room simple. Another option is to simply add layers of the lighter colors together. For example, instead of driving yourself crazy trying to find the exact same shade of blue and cream you want in your bedroom, simply find a few different hues that work well together, as pictured below.
"Don’t try too hard to make a big splash. If you put your money into furniture and good fabrics, you’ll get a more elegant, textural feel."
— Mollie Johnson, designer of room pictured above.
Darker colors can completely transform a space. It can be hard, however, to work up the courage to commit to a deeper-colored room at first. How do you decide which color to use? Should you use it on all of the walls, or just one? Do you have to play down your furniture, or can you have some bold, bright chairs added in as well?
There’s a way to make everything work. First of all, try to find a source of inspiration if you’re looking for a bright color to add to your walls. Maybe it’s your antique vase, your favorite chair or a unique painting. Once you have decided, try to incorporate other colors that balance well with this main source of inspiration. A great tool to use is simply the Adobe color wheel. If you do decide to go with a darker color on the walls, make sure to keep the flooring neutral and a lighter-colored ceiling.
Keep in mind that this space is yours, so it’s completely up to you how dark or neutral you decide to go. Note that deeper colors, however, accentuate texture. So, if you go with a deep brown on the walls, no need to overdo it with the color or pattern of your furniture. Textured pieces look best, like the ones presented below.
Need help deciding what colors suit you and your space best? Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.