Home décor can change the entire look and feel of your home. You can make a small space look more spacious, an old place like new, and a cluttered space look neater and organized. Your décor sets the mood for every time someone sets foot into your home, including yourself. The décor of your home may seem like such a trivial thing, but after a long hard day, coming home to your personalized space can truly bring you comfort and relaxation.
One of the hardest parts of home décor is often coordinating colors. Many people do not realize that the colors they choose need to coordinate on some level to create and easy flow from one room to the next. Not to mention that clashing color schemes can be distracting and confusing to the eye.
Good color coordination can help you with:
- Creating a relaxing, comforting space
- The overall feel of your décor
- Pleasing aesthetics
- Symmetry of a decorated space
The Color Wheel
The color wheel is a visual representation of colors that is often used in the art world. The colors are displayed in a circle with the primary colors all placed at equal distances apart. Between each primary color are colors that are mixtures of those two primary colors. For example, turquoise and teal would be between blue and green.
The color wheel can not only help you choose pleasing colors, but it can help you with coordination of colors. The color directly opposite, or across, on the color wheel is always a contrasting color, which means they probably would not go well together in a décor scheme.
Warm or Cool
The color wheel is divided in many ways. One side of the color wheel, the blues and greens, and purples is considered “cool” colors. The other side, with the reds and yellows, is considered “warm” colors. Generally, you want to decide which theme of coloring you would want to use and stick with those flowing colors.
When you go into a home improvement store, or anywhere that pain is sold, you will find sections of colored cards. These cards, or swatches, make it effortless for you to find a coordinating color scheme. They use the color wheel to make these schemes for you and put it all into one easy display. So all you have to do is choose the scheme you like best based on what colors you like.
Color coordination is often a lot more complicated than just choosing one color that you love. Unless you want all of the paint and décor to be the same color, you have to find the right flow, and that means coordinating an entire scheme. Study examples of the color wheel and look at paint swatches to find the colors that you like and how they relate to other colors. With this information, your home décor will have a beautiful flow and will be impressive to anyone that sees it.