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10 Tips For Designing With Color

 

 

Color can affect your perception of space, alter your mood, hide a problem, or accentuate a feature. As one of the most powerful design tools, color is one of the most important design choices you'll make when finishing a room that suits your tastes.

 

And this doesn't just mean the color of paint you choose on your walls. It can mean things as varied as your flooring, window treatments, and furniture. 

 

Choosing color doesn't have to be a daunting chore either, any one can decide which ones are right for them. Click here to view our in-depth page on color theory, this can help you understand designing with color much easier.

 

While it can mean different things to different people, here's a list of tips and basic overviews when it comes to relying on a color that's right for you.

 

1. Newer contemporary designs can let you mix and match colors. Be patient and give yourself time to pick the best color choices before you make a final decision. Knowing basic colors (like a color wheel) will greatly help you at this step.

 

 

2. In nature, darker colors are usually found at the bottom (think of ground), and lighter colors at the top (sky). If you wish you can carry this idea into your home. A good example is having darker hardwood flooring in a room to anchor it while using lighter colors on the wall to give it a more open feel.

 

 

3. Plain or monochromatic schemes can have a single dominant color combined with complementary and accent colors.

 

4. Bold and/or saturated colors can really dominate an area. A good example of this in tiling for a strong accent is breaking up a solid color with an infusion of mosaic inlays or a border. Or in the case below, having a dominant color in the accent tile can frame a space against a solid background.

 

5. Colors typically have a greater intensity in bigger spaces. Especially where there is a lot of reflection and natural light. Carefully consider colors for these rooms where that is a factor.

 

6. Reds and oranges become focal points. Yellows and violets can make a feeling of warmth. Greens and blues can give a feeling of serenity and calm. 

 

Of course, depending on the hue, intensity, and if the color is warm and cool can dictate how intense or soothing it can be. Testing colors in the natural color of your home is key to finding out the right final choice...which leads to the next tips.....

7. Deeper, more saturated tones leans towards a more formal setting.

 

 

8. Lighter (think pastels, for example) colors can give the room a more relaxed and informal feel.

 

9. Typically, darker colors can make rooms seem smaller while lighter colors give a large sense of space in an area.

 

10. Lighting can and will affect the color of your room. Whether its daylight or night time, the type of light can set and change the mood. 

 

Always compare what you'd like to place, install, or paint in your room in various times of day and lights inside where it will go so you can get an accurate view of the color.

 

 

At the end of the day, it is up to you or other people in your home to decide what is the best choices to design your rooms. Again, while it can seem daunting, knowing color theory and having assistance from your local Home Depot or local designer can also assist.

 

Or, you can always ask us here!

 

Joseph

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Posted 2015-09-19T19:57:03+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL
 
Great tips Joe,

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Posted 2015-09-22T16:47:41+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
 
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