Are you worried about the color of your room? It could be you've decided on a certain style of decoration. Or you feel your home calls for a particular style to be used. But you're not sure the color you want to use will fit the style of decoration.
Color and Styles
This is a familiar concern in interior design. For example, the late Victorian style used dark greens, reds and plums. If your home is Victorian, you may want to use these colors exactly as you find them in descriptions and illustrations of Victorian fabrics.
But you can also change them, and bring them up to date. Many textile companies who hold the original fabrics and printing blocks often change the colors. You'll also find that many companies will bring out new colorways of old chintz designs, which are often hundreds of years old.
So, yes, be sympathetic to your home, but not to the extent you're worried about breaking style 'rules'. The only rule you should keep to is - if you like it, do it!
Balancing your Room Color Schemes
Suppose you have a good idea of the color scheme you'd like. You know it's going to be one based on hue harmony, and you've selected the colors. Which color should go on the walls? Or the floor? And what about the couch? To sum up, how do you make sure your room has balance?
One main color
One way is to keep all the main areas in one color (perhaps one of the pale colors) - walls, carpet or rugs, ceiling, drapes, couches - and then use accent colors with items such as pictures, furniture, scatter pillows, vases and lamp bases. Or bring in changes by using various tones and textures.
Colors for different features
If your color scheme has a number of colors - hues close together, for example - then use one for the walls, another for the floor, and so on. If you are unsure which one to use where, work from the darkest upwards. So use the darkest one on the floor, the next darkest on the walls, and the lightest on the ceiling. This will give your room a natural balance, because we naturally associate heavy with down, and light with up.
The importance of texture
Don't forget to vary surfaces and textures in your room. This can be done by using wallpaper instead of paint, or having a special plaster effect. You'll also have great scope when selecting fabrics for your couches, sofas, curtains and drapes.
You can use textures in the same way that you treat color. Similar textures can blend with one another, such as velvet pile carpet with upholstery velvet. Or you can have contrasts, by using a plain weave in conjunction with a smooth glass table top.
So if you think about the texture of an object as well as its color, you'll add an extra dimension to your home decorating.
When you're choosing your paint colors, it would be great if you could build on the experience and knowledge of people who have designed successful schemes. In fact, there are certain color combinations which have proved successful over and over again. (This product only for residents of the USA and Canada.)
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Use a design you already have!
Another way of balancing your colors if you're planning your scheme around a rug or fabric, is to take your cue from the design. Suppose you have a rug, and 60% of it is a pale yellow background, 30% is brown, and 10% a cheerful red. Use the pale yellow for your walls, perhaps a slightly deeper yellow for the floor, the brown for sofas and chairs, and bring in the red in a few scatter pillows, vases and so on.
If ever you're worried about your ceiling, paint it white, or a very pale off white. You can't really go wrong by keeping to white.
Don't forget - you never stop learning. Wherever you are, look with fresh eyes at the colors which surround you.