Selecting the best color theme for your home

Transform a plain space into something that is a treat to the sensesImage Credit: Supplied

Are you planning to move into your new home, or need to give a complete makeover to your existing one? Then choosing wall paints is the first thing you need to consider. You don’t have to be an artist to do that, but you should have little knowledge of the basics of colors, especially the color wheel, when planning to perk up any room.

Monochromatic color – Use different shades, tints or tones of the same color, e.g. different shades of blue, green or yellow. Try different textures and patterns to lessen the boredom of using a single color. Also try using the deepest tone near the floor and the lightest on the ceiling. Choose warm colors like yellow or green to evoke high energy.

Analogous colors – Choosing two or more colors that come next to each other on the color wheel, e.g. yellow, yellow orange and orange, will give you analogous colors. Both monochromatic and analogous colors are harmonious to the eye. Go for some intense shades, but try not to overpower one color with another.

Complementary colors – These refer to the hues that come directly opposite on the color wheel, e.g. orange and blue. Contrasting colors create more intensity and energy to any room. Moreover, they give a dramatic and bold appearance to the entire house.

Triadic colors – You can create triadic colors from three equally spaced colors on the color wheel. Triadic colors, e.g. yellow, blue and red, are especially energetic and lively because of the huge differing qualities in their shades. Choose less saturated hues to make a room appear less intense or gaudy. Balancing all the colors is the key of this theme.

Split complementary colors – These are created by finding the opposite colors on the wheel and then picking the shades on either side of one of the integral hues, e.g. violet, yellow green and yellow orange. To avoid befuddling the senses, utilize the entire group of shades, tints and tones all through the room.

Keep in mind to consider the permanent elements in the home like flooring, lighting and furniture to prevent a design disaster. Neutrals like black, white and brown are vital to any shading plan. Utilize them to help lighten or tone down any space. Mixing white with any color gives tint, mixing black gives shade and mixing grey gives tone.

Handy Hints:

* Make sure the wall color complements the flooring, lighting, furniture, decor

* Contrasting colors create a more dramatic and bolder appearance to a room

* When all the color choices overwhelm you, it is better to stick to neutral hues

Source: Asha Das, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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