1. Consider how your space makes you feel . . .
The atmosphere of your can make you feel warm and secure or chilled to the bone. Color influences our mood, our behavior, or our attitude.
Bold shades can make us restless and anxious, while cooler tones keep you calm and serene. Introducing color into a room can be a bold step.
Take a look around your space. Does it feel good being there? Does if feel cold and uninviting? Or warn and cozy?
Are you afraid of color? Are your walls all white? Do you have the "usual"? Brown furniture? Are your accessories and accent pillows brown as well?
Start here with our Color Design Guide to learn more about color.
2. How to conquer your fears . . .
The colors you wear can be used to decorate your home. What you're wearing are the colors you'll feel most comfortable living with.
If you are afraid of using color in your decor, take small steps to incorporate new shades into your decor. Add bright or bolder shades in matching window treatments, using a colorful rug, and coordinating accessories.
Color affects emotion. It can make you feel cold and uncomfortable, or warm and
We are visual beings and we react to what we see. Therefore color can
be a great, and inexpensive way to improve your decor.
3. Wake up your life!
Bring color into your bland rooms. Color or the lack of it has the greatest impact
on your life!
How we use color can make us feel warm and secure, or chilled to the
bone. Color influences our mood, our behavior, and our attitude. It can make us
feel restless and anxious, or calm and serene.
Introducing deep, rich tones can be a bold step. Choices can seem more terrifying than living with them.
Just remember paint requires the least investment. It isn't permanent. Repainting is the easiest thing.
4. Color affects emotion . . .
Bright shades excite and encourage movement. Ever noticed fast food restaurants
are designed in red, yellow, and orange? This creates urgency, wanting you to
eat fast, and move on. Use these colors only in certain areas of your home, or as accents.
Most of us are
frightened by deep rich color tones, but used correctly they can be the perfect touch your room needs.
5. Your Color Scheme -
Color is an essential part of your décor.
basics of color theory will enhance your space, and offer
It's one of the main ingredients of
your room. Study and familiarize yourself to understand your options..
development of how shades and hues are composed, and how they relate will
help you select the right combinations for your space.
Soft hues and neutrals calm your spirit, and causing you to stay longer and relax. Notice how relaxing to see the sky with it's shades of blue.
Use soft and neutral tones to create your "spa" bedroom and bath for your
own special retreat. Your cool color scheme can be developed
by using related shades on
the "Color Wheel".
6. The Color Wheel -
The Color Wheel is the result of many years
of scientific analysis.
All shades, hues, and tints are derived by their relationships and combinations
on this wheel. These are the basic combinations. As shown in the
chart, there are many aspects.
Research color theory thoroughly to develop your scheme. Or take advantage
of the experts and utilize a favorite scheme from your idea file. Create your
own Exclusive Idea & Vision Image Collection, a file containing all your favorite ideas and options.
Colors are divided in to these categories:
PRIMARY - The three main colors from which all
other colors are derived. Red, yellow, and
SECONDARY - These shades result from
mixing equal parts of the primary colors.
Red and yellow equals orange.
Yellow and blue equals green. Red
and blue equals violet or purple.
TERTIARY - These hues are thirds, mixing
a primary color with its nearest secondary
MONOCHROMATIC - which means “one
color,” and such a scheme combines
tints, shades and different values of a
This should be a scheme well balanced between cool and warm tones, and also suitable for facing the southeast or north west. Variety is achieved by using various textures. Small quantities of another color or colors can be used as an accent without destroying the monochromatic theme.
ANALOGOUS OR ADJACENT - an analogous scheme is one which uses colors that are
next to each other on the color wheel. These are related in their hue: for example
rose and burgundy.
COMPLEMENTARY - a complementary scheme uses two shades exactly opposite each
other on the color wheel. One of the basic rules is to use one hue for the major areas in
the room...walls or floor covering, etc. Then use the second for major upholstery
Never fear, step out and use those bold colors you've been dreaming of.
Paint is one of the most inexpensive components of your decor, therefore it's the easiest to
So dive in and explore. Just go for it! Start with a small space, if you're really anxious. I
guarantee you'll love the results.