How To Use Color Effectively In Your Home

Ask anyone, and they will almost certainly agree that using color in your home is a good idea. Color can amongst other things alter the mood and character of your home and this is true regardless of whether it is added inside or outside the home. Because color can have such a big impact on how people feel about your home many people opt for safe colors such as cream, bone, beige or off-white instead of going out on a limb and choosing colors that reflect their own personalities. While it can be difficult at first to choose suitable colors, if used well the payoff is definitely worth the extra effort.
Even though paint is one of the cheaper items used in home renovation, many people are either unwilling or unable to see past the common neutral walls syndrome. This could be for a variety of reasons however the most likely explanations are that they are unclear exactly where they should be adding color, or they can’t agree on colors with their significant other because color preference is such a personal thing. While the only solution to the latter is to spend some time experimenting with colors until you find something that all parties like, some solutions for the problem of not knowing where to add color are below.
The Feature Wall
It is quite common is many rooms that there is a feature you want to emphasize and a problem area you want to hide. You can do this quite simply by painting the wall on the side of the room you want to draw attention to with a strong color. By doing this you immediately draw the eye to this part of the room and make it the focus or the feature. Doing this can markedly change the look and feel of a room, including the perceived shape as your attention is immediately drawn to the strong colored wall.
Different Color For Each Room
Another tip you can use is to use a different color in each room. This could mean painting the entire room that color, or just the feature wall as discussed above. If you are really set on one particular color theme throughout the house then consider using different shades of it in different rooms as an alternative. Using a different color however will provide much more of a distinguishing effect however, and help give each room a personality of its own.
Split Colors
Another simple strategy is to add a horizontal line around the room itself using a piece of wooden trim just above waist height. Paint the area above the trim a light, even neutral color such as off-white or beige and paint the area below the strip a strong darker color. This is a subtle way of introducing some color into the room without being too overbearing. This works particularly well if the color you like is simple too strong to paint the whole room or wall with, or you still want to retain some of the more traditional neutral colors in the room.
The above three tips are just some of the many ways you can introduce color into your home. Hopefully it sparks a few ideas that you can use to reinvigorate and personalize your own home at minimal cost.

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